G: Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade
F: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony
C: Dwight Howard
F: Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala, Paul Pierce
C: Roy Hibbert
G: Kobe Bryant, Chris PaulF: Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin
C: Andrew Bynum
G: Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook
F: LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki
C: Marc Gasol
But who should be the REAL All-Stars?
G: Deron, Wade
F: LeBron, Bosh
C: Tyson Chandler
G: Rose, Brandon Jennings, Jose Calderon
F: Iguodala, Deng, Josh Smith
C: Greg Monroe
G: Paul, Kobe
F: Durant, Love
C: M. Gasol
G: Kyle Lowry, Westbrook, Steve Nash, James Harden
F: Pau Gasol, Aldridge
C: Marcin Gortat
This brings me to Marcin Gortat. 16 points per game at a 56% clip, 10 boards per game, and being the one reason why Steve Nash hasn't put a bullet through his brain yet make Gortat a worthy player. Plus, wouldn't it be awesome to have the fans cheer for a guy who was originally Dwight's backup?
|Relax, Jose. You've made the BK All-Stars.|
Brandon Jennings and Kyle Lowry are having magnificent seasons playing quarterback for their respective teams. Jennings is probably the best candidate for Most Improved Player, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a respectable record despite Andrew Bogut going down for the year and Stephen Jackson racking up a few DNP-CDs...for being Stephen Jackson. Lowry has thrown up a 16-8-5 while being an absolute menace on the defensive end. His point guard play has friend of the blog El Miz raving, and who can blame him, when critics said the former Villanova product would never be a true NBA PG.
Greg Monroe often gets the "he could play in an earlier era" label. Sometimes I tend to read that as Monroe is slow and stiff, but what those people are trying to say is that he has a very high basketball IQ. He crashes the offensive glass not through sheer athleticism, but by positioning himself very well. If he wasn't stuck in Dumars-land, then it would be an obvious pick.
Miami is the best team in basketball, and the gap between 1 and 2 is widening. They deserve 3 All-Stars. But while the Thunder keep a reasonably close distance as the West's best team, they also deserve 3. But even if OKC didn't deserve a trio of All-Stars based on being a winning team, James Harden has played consistently good ball for the whole season. He's one of those rare southpaws that can go right, moves extremely well without the ball (although I guess he HAS to with KD and Russ) and is very underrated defensively.__________
G: Rose, Wade
F: LeBron, Bosh
G: Deron, Brandon Jennings
F: Deng, Josh Smith, Iguodala
C: Roy Hibbert
G: Chris Paul, Kobe
F: Durant, Blake Show
C: Andrew Bynum
G: Tony Parker, Russ Westbrook, Steve Nash
F: Rudy Gay, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge
C: Pau Gasol
As far as Rudy Gay's selection, I think he's been the best player on the Grizz this season, even above Marc's brilliance on both ends of the floor. I am of the belief that Marc was mostly chosen to fulfill the G-G-F-F-C quota, which I do not particularly subscribe to.
Let's get this out of the way - the Eastern Conference, moreso than many other years, completely sickens me in it's mediocrity. I'm keeping Wade in the starting five because in spite of his 9 game absence, he's still a better choice than anyone else out there. Carmelo's incessant injuries this season, as well as his drop in performance has me dropping him out of the All-Star game. In his stead, I'm taking Chris Bosh, who is playing out of his shoes.
Deron is essentially just the Eastern Conference Steve Nash: they're both mafioso henchmen, except instead of dragging a team of stiffs through the desert, he's dragging them through the New Jersey swamps. Brandon Jennings has a pretty pathetic Milwaukee team positioned for the 8th spot - and even with him perhaps (and maybe unintentionally) ruining his team chemistry by saying he's going to bolt The Good Land in two years time, I'd have to have him on the All-Star team. I'm dropping Paul Pierce, because if I wanted an overweight guy who's played 3 weeks of good NBA basketball then I'd take Michael Rappaport for his aggregate performances in MTV Rock and Jock basketball games. I'm keeping Iguodala because despite his poor overall numbers, he's the best defensive player on the best defensive team in the league.
(I'm begging and pleading NBA coaches - can we stop electing Joe Johnson to All-Star games until we acutally remember ONE good game he's had? Has there ever been a 6-time All-Star that's had a less memorable career than Joe Johnson? I swear, the most unforgettable moments of his NBA professional life was getting his eye nearly knocked out with Phoenix in the 2005 playoffs and receiving a $121 dollar contract that would make Rashard Lewis blush).
All-Star games usually have a handful of snubs. This year is no different. But now that some of these guys are getting famous on Mambino, I'm sure it takes some of the pain away.