Smith got hosed in All-Star selections

PER Diem: Jan. 29, 2010

Updated: February 9, 2010, 11:21 AM ET
By John Hollinger |
Josh SmithScott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty ImagesJosh Smith may be the Hawks' best player this season. So why isn't he making the trip to Dallas?

When it comes to critiquing Thursday's All-Star reserve selections, let's start with the positive: The coaches got it mostly right. In the Western Conference, they chose the six no-brainers and then made the defensible decision to add Pau Gasol over Chauncey Billups and Carlos Boozer. Billups should keep his cell phone handy; if Brandon Roy is unable to perform because of his nagging hamstring injury, one presumes he'll be chosen as the replacement.