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.