OAKLAND, Calif. -- Andrew Bogut wasn't surprised at being left off the Eastern Conference all-star team when the reserves were named Thursday.
Plenty of forces conspired against the Milwaukee Bucks center, including his struggles to overcome last season's serious injury to his right hand and right elbow. And there was the not-so-tiny matter of the Bucks' poor record.
Atlanta Hawks forward-center Al Horford was named as the backup to Orlando's Dwight Howard, voted as the East's starting center. And it was the second straight year Horford was chosen.
"Horford was definitely deserving last year with a better record," Bogut, from Australia, said before the Bucks played at Golden State on Thursday night. "Then the injury replacement was David Lee (then with the New York Knicks).
"It's just the way it is. We've got to play really well as a team to have an all-star. And it's magnified playing in a small market."
The Bucks have not had an all-star selection since 2004 when guard Michael Redd played in the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
This year's edition also is in Los Angeles. The Bucks will have point guard Brandon Jennings representing them in the rookie-sophomore game, although Jennings pulled out of the slam dunk contest due to concerns over his healing left foot.
The East reserves included four members of the Boston Celtics: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. It was the 10th all-star selection for Allen, who earned three of those honors while he was with the Bucks.
Also named were Miami's Chris Bosh, Horford and his Hawks teammate Joe Johnson.
Horford is averaging 16.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists while starting 47 games for the Hawks (31-18). The former Florida star is shooting 56.7 percent from the field and 81.3 percent at the free throw line.
"It would have been nice to make it coming back from the injury I had," Bogut said. "I think if I didn't have that injury, my points would have been closer to 15 or 16 a game instead of 13. Then maybe I'd have a better chance.
"Obviously I'm leading the league in blocks, which doesn't mean much for the All-Star Game. I know a lot of coaches out there think I'm a pretty good player.
"But when it counts, I wasn't. It's more motivation in the summer to rehab and get better."
Bogut ranks fifth in the league in rebounding at 11.7 per game and is averaging 13.4 points and a league-leading 2.79 blocks.
"You could make an argument last year that Andrew was playing well but playing really well after the votes were in," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said.
"There are a couple things. We certainly would like him to make it. But we don't have the record we would like and that certainly has to be held in some importance with the coaches.
"And Al Horford is very, very consistent. Bogues, because of some injuries and other things, is trying to become more consistent. However, he leads the league in shot-blocking and rebounds the ball and we're one of the better defensive teams and he anchors it.
"You could make a case for it."
Bogut has struggled greatly at the free throw line, shooting a career-low 41.2 percent.
Bogut missed his second consecutive game Thursday due to a bone bruise on his right knee and has been sidelined due to illness or injury for nine games this season.