Rajon Rondo's injury has created an opportunity for somebody to be named as an injury replacement for the All-Star Game and Larry Drew hopes that it comes form the Atlanta Hawks.
"No doubt about," Drew said before Sunday's game against the Knicks when asked if he thought his two stars should get the call. "I think both of my guys have been overlooked. It's unfortunate what happened to Rondo but certainly my guys should be in strong consideration."
Neither Josh Smith nor Al Horford were selected to the Eastern squad despite the Hawks' good start to the season. Smith is averaging 16.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists on a team that is 25-19. Horford is almost averaging a double-double with 15.9 points and 9.9 rebounds a night while shooting 53 percent from the field. Both Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday were selected as reserves despite their team's being way under .500.
The Brooklyn Nets were also shut out of the All-Star selections and figure to give Smith and Horford the most competition. SB Nation's Tom Ziller says that Nets center Brook Lopez is the one that should be heading to Houston in place of Rondo. Brooklyn also has another candidate in seven-time All-Star and former Hawks' guard Joe Johnson.