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Jan Vesely, NBA All-Star?

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Updated: February 27, 2013



“Working out to be an Allstar!” via Jan Vesely’s Instagram

Mere hours before the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, Jan Vesely tweeted an Instagram picture of himself working out in a weight room captioned: “Working out to be an Allstar!”

Honza is not in Randy Wittman’s doghouse, per se, but he’s been definitely buried on the Wizards’ bench without a bone lately—the Czech has played just 13 out of 672 total minutes (over the last 14 Wizards games). Many folks on the message boards keep saying that Vesely is bust. Some have come to this conclusion since the former lottery pick, now a sophomore, missed his last chance to appear in the NBA’s Rising Stars exhibition during All-Star weekend. Now, while the wise man might say that setting overly auspicious goals (such as becoming an NBA All-Star) sets you up for failure, it’s certainly good to see that Vesely adopting an “I’ll show you!” mentality. Even if he’s currently frustrated in not playing, he’s still working to prove his critics wrong in the long run. The Czech media, in particular, is waiting to see whether their local hero will produce across the Atlantic.

But, does Vesely really have a chance to become an All-Star? At face value, his chances are slim… very slim, to be honest. Perhaps the question is: has anyone in his situation done it before?

This led me to research. I threw myself into the process of identifying NBA players who did not get selected for the Rising Stars Game* during their first two seasons in the Association, but then became All-Stars later in their careers. I found exactly nine guys, seven of whom are currently active; two of whom are NBA retirees.

The List.

PLAYER — ALL-STAR YEAR(S) — ROOK & SOPH YEARS — DRAFT PICK — NBA seasons before being named an NBA All-Star for the first time

Joakim Noah — 2013 AllStar — (2008, 2009) — 9th overall — 5
Roy Hibbert — 2012 All-Star — (2009, 2010) — 17th overall — 3
Zach Randolph — 2010 & 2013 All-Star — (2002, 2003) — 19th overall — 8
Gerald Wallace — 2010 All-Star — (2002, 2003) — 25th overall — 8
Mo Williams — 2009 All-Star — (2004, 2005) — 47th overall — 5
David West — 2008 & 2009 All-Star — (2004, 2005) — 18th overall — 4
Mehmet Okur# — 2007 All-Star — (2002, 2003) — 37th overall — 5
Metta World Peace — 2004 All-Star — (2000, 2001) — 16th overall — 4
Jamaal Magloire# — 2004 All-Star — (2001, 2002) — 19th overall — 3

*Rookies & Sophomores format since the 1999-2000 season
# Retired players

PLAYER — TEAM + AGE — GP, GS, MPG, RPG, APG, PPG

Noah — Bulls 22, 23 — 154, 86, 22.5, 6.6, 1.2, 6.7,
Hibbert — Pacers 22, 23 — 151, 101, 19.8, 4.6, 1.4, 9.4
Randolph — Trail Blazers 20, 21 — 118, 11, 11.4, 3.1, 0.4, 5.6
Wallace — Kings 19, 20 — 101, 8, 10.1, 2.2, 0.5, 4.0
Williams — Jazz 21 & Bucks 22 — 137, 80, 20.9, 1.7, 3.7, 7.6
West — Hornets 23, 24 — 101, 9, 15.8, 4.3, 0.8, 5.0
Okur — Pistons 23, 24 — 143, 42, 20.7, 5.3, 1.0, 8.3
MWP — Bulls 20, 21 — 148, 137, 31.1, 4.1, 2.9, 12.0
Magloire — Hornets 22, 23 — 156, 8, 16.9, 4.8, 0.4, 6.6

Jan Vesely?? — Wizards 21, 22 — 91**, 24**, 16.4, 3.6, 0.7, 3.9

**WAS has 27 games left
Stats through Feb. 24, basketball-reference.com

So… Jan Vesely, NBA All-Star…?

TBD…. But at least you can’t say it hasn’t happened before.

“Tutto elegante” via Jan Vesely’s Instagram



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