The starters have been announced for the East and West and here are the starting rosters.
What do I think about these starters? Well, everything looks good up until Kevin Garnett appears as the starting center. In my opinion, that spot should go to Tyson Chandler. Tyson is averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds this year while propelling the Knicks to the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference to this point. He is leading the league in FG% with 67%. Kevin Garnett on the other hand is averaging 14 points per game and 7 rebounds for a disappointing Celtic team that is currently 20-21 and is currently sitting precariously in the 8th seed in the East. Maybe this award is a lifetime award, it probably is, but it’s not even like Kevin Garnett is an exciting player to watch for the fans. He shoots elbow jumpers for godssake. Too many times does the veteran get the nod over the deserving star.
Here are the Western Conference Starters:
I think this roster looks just about right and although I don’t think Dwight is having a good season by any means he is still the best center in the league and with nobody else competing for the best center in the west now that Bynum is gone, he will do.
The all star reserves have just been announced but here is who I think should’ve made the team.
I think Joakim Noah and Luol Deng have to be on this list of reserves because Joakim Noah is having a career season. He’s averaging a career high in points (12.2), steals (1.3), blocks (2.1), and assists (4.0), while still averaging 10.7 rebounds a game. He is becoming a more complete player and his team is 5th in the East with a record of 24-16 all of this without their superstar Derrick Rose. Luol Deng is the same he has become the go-to-guy on this team and is averaging a solid 17 and 6. Jrue Holiday is in my opinion the most improved player this season, after his big contract extension this offseason he has taken the reigns of the team and he hasn’t let anybody down. He is averaging a career high in points and assists at 19 and 9 per game. Paul George has also made a strong case for most improved player, with Danny Granger out of the picture, Paul George has become the leading man and has blossomed into a soon to be superstar. He is averaging a career high in points and rebounds with 17 and 8. Kyrie Irving has become a top 5 point guard in the NBA this season with 23 points and 6 assists per game. He needs the supporting cast but he is quietly becoming a superstar. Finally, J.R. Smith is the only guy on this team who comes off the bench. If it wasn’t for Jamal Crawford he would be the 6th man of the year. He has averaged a career high in points, rebounds and assists so far with 17 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds. However, for him it’s not about the stats so much but it’s more the energy and instant offense he provides for one of the surprise teams in the league. He has become an easy go to guy for the Knicks when Melo is on the bench. Just take a look at the two game winners he has for the Knicks so far. He sealed a game against Charlotte on December 5th and the game winner on December 26th vs. the Suns.
Russell Westbrook and James Harden are both givens on the reserve team, they’re both top 2 players at their position and top 10 players overall. They’re superstars and the fact that they’re not in the starting lineup just shows off the depth and talent in the west. I think Stephen Curry has to be there because he’s averaging career highs in points and assists with 21 and 7 a game. He’s also led a surprising Warriors team to a record of 26-15 for 5th in the Western Conference. Alongside him is David Lee who has also carried the load for a very young team in Golden State. He’s averaging 20 and 10 and is the only player in the league doing so. Tony Parker must be on the reserves list because he’s a top point guard in the league and year after year he takes what people love to call a “too old” San Antonio team to either a top or 2nd place finish in the Western Conference. He’s keeping Tim Duncan’s career alive a little longer and is averaging a solid 20 and 7 this year. Zach Randolph hasn’t been on the all-star team for a while but he deserves it now more then ever. He and Marc Gasol have played superbly together this year and are the best frontline in the league. He’s averaging 16 and 12 this season and has taken the Grizzlies to the 4th best record in the West. Lamarcus Aldridge has also played big for a young team who has had surprising success thus far. He is averaging 21 and 9 this season and alongside Damian Lillard makes for an effective one-two punch.