My NBA All-Star talk: Starters, Reserves, Snubs.

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Lets start with the Eastern Conference.

Starters:images

  • Kyrie Irving
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Paul George
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • LeBron James

I agree with 3/5 of the starters in the Eastern conference. The two players I don’t agree with that are starting is Dwyane and Kyrie. I don’t like the fan voting because it’s more of a popularity contest than anything. The best point guard in the Eastern Conference this season has been John Wall and a starting role was deserving. Miami has played 45 games and Dwyane has missed 14 of them. He’s missed 31% of their games and that’s a big chunk of the season to be a starter. Roy Hibbert should have probably started for the East, didn’t agree with taking out the center position at the game but that’s a different discussion.

Reserves:

  • John Wall
  • Joakim Noah
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Joe Johnson
  • Chris Bosh
  • Roy Hibbert
  • Paul Millsap

I was very pleased with some of the reserves and a few I believed that should have not been nominated. I’m very happy to see Paul Millsap and Chris Bosh both make the team. Millsap has shouldered a lot of the load since Al Horford has gone down, but the 18 points and 8 rebounds a night prove he was still putting those numbers up even with Al in the lineup. Chris Bosh may be the number one superstar in the league that is out shadowed by everyone else. He’s considered number three of the ‘Big 3’ but he may be the most valuable. He plays out of position, is a very good rim protector, and is the exact stretch forward Miami needs. I’m really questioning the Joe Johnson selection. He’s averaging 16 points per game and only 3 assists while only grabbing 3 boards a game as well. All this while shooting a measly 43%.

Snubs:

  • Lance Stephenson
  • Arron Afflalo

‘Born Ready’ was the biggest snub in my personal opinion. Only two players in the NBA are averaging at least 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, one is an All-Star (Kevin Durant) and one is Lance, snubbed. He has 4 triple doubles thus far, 2 more than anybody else and is his team is the best in there conference, 2nd in the entire league. Secondly, Arron Afflalo. Arron has been playing GREAT basketball for a very porous team. Averaging 20 points 4 rebounds and four assists, gaudy numbers for someone playing on such a bad team. Let alone the numbers, his shooting percentages have been awesome at 47/42/83. A career 10.2 point scorer before this season has just been an all around great offensive option this season.

Onto the West!

Starters:

  • Steph Curry
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Kevin Durant
  • Blake Griffin
  • Kevin Love

The HUGE problem here is obvious. Let alone him being a starter, Kobe shouldn’t even be an All-Star. Period. Kobe fans really came out to support this year because it’s the most unwarranted honor this year. James Harden should be the starter taking his place, maybe even Chris Paul, but it’s disgusting Kobe is in the game. The rest of the lineup is fine with me. I wouldn’t have minded if CP3 and Curry both got voted as starters, nor would I have minded.

Reserves:

  • Dwight Howard
  • James Harden
  • Chris Paul
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Damian Lillard
  • Tony Parker
  • Dirk Nowitzki

The Western conference was so much more difficult for those who selected the reserves. There were a big pile of guys to select from. Anthony Davis, Goran Dragic, Mike Conley, Nicolas Batum, DeMarcus Cousins to name some of them. But, all in all, the selection was very fair and all those, other than Kobe, in the West were correct. CP3 was the best player in the league the entire first month of the year, LMA was being considered as the best power forward earlier this year. Still is in some peoples eyes.

Snubs:

  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Anthony Davis

Now, in my opinion, Boogie Cousins has been the best center in the league this season. I completely think he got snubbed out of a bid and he deserved to be in the game. Not many players averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds a game on 48% shooting don’t make the game. My second biggest snub in the West is the Brow. I originally didn’t think so, but as I dug into it further, AD has been simply one of the better players in the Western Conference, offensively AND defensively. Not only is he at 20 points and 10 rebounds a night, on 52% shooting, but he leads the NBA in blocks per game by a wide margin.

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One thought on “My NBA All-Star talk: Starters, Reserves, Snubs.

    Trixie Tang said:
    February 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Enjoyed this segment very much; the information, detail, and self-opinion were up to par. I especially agree, 100 percent, with the ‘snubs’. Players deserving the lime light should partake in such event, especially after the hard work and effort and stats put into the game. Kobe shouldn’t be in this at all and I agree with the Wade remark; whereas players like Stephenson or Boogie, and other notable players be noted/voted in. JOE JOHNSON-C’MON MAN. It’s a popularity contest.

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