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OKC Thunder: Is Serge Ibaka's best enough to earn All-Star honors?

Despite power forward's obvious improvements, he still might be on the outside looking in
by Anthony Slater Published: January 19, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) defends againsts Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Sacramento Kings at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) defends againsts Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Sacramento Kings at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

So there Ibaka sits, in that talented but unlucky next tier, joined by the emerging Anthony Davis, the underrated David Lee and the productive Zach Randolph.

“There's so many good All-Star players in this league,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “And there's only 12 (spots) in each conference.”

And therein lies the issue for Ibaka. Because of his relative secondary status on the Thunder, behind Durant and Russell Westbrook, his candidacy takes a minor hit.

And because of the limited spots and power forward gridlock ahead of him, it looks like an impossible road to navigate.

Ibaka is playing like an All-Star. But he might have to wait at least one more season to call himself one.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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