Every year as the All-Star selections are announced, someone is sure to get snubbed. While there isn’t a whole lot of deserving competition in the East despite the exodus of talent during the summer, the West is stacked at every position. Let’s break down who made the teams.
East: While they may not be my favorite players, I can’t complain about the starters. I agree that Rondo is a great PG, but Rose deserves the start. The Celtics’ “Big 4″ are all having great years. Al Horford is a great player, but he benefited from Joakim Noah’s, his former Gator teammate, injury. Chris Bosh’s numbers are down, as is to be expected, but I’m not really sure who else qualifies. Carlos Boozer? Nah. Bosh deserves it, even if he is a fake tough guy.
The last spot was given to Joe Johnson and this is the pick I’m least convinced of. Just because he’s the best player on a good team does not mean he’s having an All-Star year. Many thought Raymond Felton was going to get the spot, and I agree. He’s having a breakout year, even if his numbers are inflated by the D’Antoni system. Plus, who doesn’t want to watch Felton feed Stoudemire?
West: There are many that deserve the starting spot in the West, but the fans got it right except for Yoa. I mean, the guy has barley played in two straight seasons! (China, I know you love Yao, but it’s time to come to terms with reality.) Both D-Will and Westbrook need to be on this team, even if it means Nash sits out. I’m not sure how some middle-aged, balding Argentine is playing the way Ginobili is, but he’s probably been the MVP to the team with the best record in the league. I don’t care for him, but I’ll give the flopping Argentine the nod. Ellis is a great player that didn’t get in, but the game is for the fans, and I can’t think of anybody that cares about Ellis outside of the Bay Area.
Griffin has easily stolen the title of Most Exciting Player to Watch in the NBA this season, so I’m glad he got a spot on the team. He even gets to play in front of his own fans. What I don’t like is that Tim Duncan, who is posting the lowest numbers of his career, gets the nod over the likes of Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge. But that’s the good things about Yao getting voted in, Commissioner Stern has the chance to remedy this. He should move either Pau or Dirk to the starting lineup and have Love come in off the bench. While Aldridge has been carrying a very thin and beat up team, Love has been putting up extraordinary numbers. Comish, give some sunshine to Minnesota this winter. Please don’t blow this.
Only the top 6 teams from the East are represented in their team. Every other team in the East is below .500, so nobody else can complain (except for the Knicks and Bulls). The West had a hard job getting this straightened out and got it almost all right. It’s not that I don’t think Duncan is an All-Star player, but he doesn’t even get the spotlight on his own team. He’s ready to let the next generation in, so the All-Star game should too. Then we there’d be room for both Love and Aldridge. I guess there’s always next year.