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 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.