Shimoney, this is a player's league. There is a nice write up in the SL Trib talking about the success or failure of teams with or without all-stars. I would ask anyone to name one all-star on this team. Heck, if Deron had trouble making All-Star teams I don't see how you can make the argument that we have a single guy who honestly is an All-Star this year. In fact, one of our guys would have to explode in skill and sustain it to become an All-Star next year.
Now think about this; the Jazz have played 26 of their first 41 games on the road. Last year Corbin took a team to the playoffs that essentially no one in the press believed had a chance because they had no All-Stars and there had been a great amount of turmoil the season before. This year the Jazz have had to incorporate nearly one third of the team as new players. Despite all this the Jazz are still somehow over .500.
Look at the top 10-15 teams in the West and name one team without a player named to an All-Star team in the last two years. If you find a team that doesn't have at least one, chances are their coach doesn't have them over .500.
There are many player rankings on the web and the easiest one to search quickly was the CBS rankings. They have Big Al listed as the 18th best player in the NBA, and the Jazz's second best player Milly at 47. This is not a team full of top line talent.
The Jazz offensively are weak in terms of star talent. We don't have a guy that is a true go-to-guy down the stretch play after play in the tight playoff game who can be counted on to take over a game. Yet this collection of role players and toddlers is ranked 10th in assists, 11th in points and 14th in rebounding meaning they play a system. There are quite a few teams out there that flail because they play street ball. This team plays an actual structured system.
Sure this team has weaknesses. Sure Corbin has flaws. But take a look around the NBA at the dozen or so franchises that have incredibly talented budding stars but can't get their crap together. Corbin has less to work with than those coaches and is playing .500 ball.