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Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

Posted on: September 7, 2010 2:52 pm
 
Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell ... The NBA season is right around the corner, and NBA training camp starts in just a few short weeks. To get you ready for the NBA season, we've put together 25 pop quizzes. Pencils ready? We continue our Pop Quizzes with this question...



What will the All-Star Game look like?


Los Angeles. City of Angels. Home of the back-to-back NBA champions, the legendary LA Lakers. And in February, home of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. It's going to be ridiculous, it's going to be over-the-top (more so than even your normal All-Star Game). It's going to be expensive. Really, really expensive. It will also be interesting as next year there are likely to be big changes in the All-Star Game. So what exactly is that game going to look like?

It's difficult to predict, obviously, who will be participating in the game. Even more so than any other episode of predicting the future, there are so many factors that can play into who makes it. Not only things like injuries, team downturns, unexpected rises, and trades, but the popularity contest of the voting system. But there are some things we can examine the possibility of.

For starters, with Amar'e Stoudemire headed to New York, there's a spot down low for the West. You can slide in Tim Duncan, because he's like Johnny Cash. Steady like a freight train, sharp like a razor. Pau Gasol's another lock, as many think he's the best power forward in the league right no w. From there, you've got Zach Randolph and Chris Kaman as the other two bigs from last year's squad. Kaman's unlikely to return with the addition of Blake Griffin, and Randolph's success is tied to an inconsistent Grizzlies team. Meanwhile, Yao Ming returns from injury and will most likely look like a legitimate contender for the starting spot.

But what about Andrew Bynum? We've been waiting for Bynum to live up to his potential for three seasons, and he's constantly referred to as one of the best centers in the league, despite his numerous injury issues. With the Lakers getting older, and Bynum supposedly healthier than he has been in years, Bynum has to be considered a strong contender not just for the backup position, but possibly as a starting center (which would put Tim Duncan at power forward, where he belongs).

Speaking of Duncan, he and Dirk Nowitzki are headed down the stretch and it'll be important to note that one of them is going to take a step backwards. Age demands it. And though Duncan is widely considered the best power forward of all time by those that consider him a power forward, he's most likely to have the dropoff. You saw it at times last season. The writing isn't on the wall, but there's a pen by the chalkboard. Bear in mind we're talking about inches below the greatness he's always provided, but it might be enough with a rising Bynum to shove either him or Dirk out of the starting lineup. And that will just be weird.

This is all before we start trying to figure out the point guards in the West. Steve Nash showing no signs of slowing down. Chris Paul back to full health. Deron Williams healthy with Al Jefferson beside him and more of the offensive load. Tyreke Evans, out of the rookie well and into the general pool. Russell Westbrook, possibly coming on as one of the better slide and dice guards in the league on a team that looks poised to make a run. Stephoe Curry, a rookie of the year runner-up with another season under him and a license to score. This likely means Jason Kidd will not be returning to the team for the 11th time in his career.

And oh, yeah, Kobe will be back in the starting spot. No "probably." He will be.

In the East? Well, the Miami Triad was formed from guys in the East, so they're likely to stay. Even with a downturn in production from sharing the ball, all three should be locks, though it's hard to see Bosh making the starting spot as he was a reserve last season. Amar'e Stoudemire could wind up knocking Kevin Garnett out of the starting spot which would be another changing of the guard. But a more likely scenario is Joe Johnson being unable to reach the starting spot again and moving into the reserve spot as the East looks like the West from last year: four bigs and a guard (Dwyane Wade). Which will be disappointing considering Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo's existence, both of whom are probable to return as starters.

Carlos Boozer, freed from the big-heavy West, may be able to work his way into a spot, and Paul Pierce may be on the bubble. If Andrew Bogut returns healthy, he could complicate matters, along with Brandon Jennings. Basically, point guards are going to massively complicate these rosters.

Sure, some of these players are going to go down to injury, others will have downturn seasons. But there's a strong indication that this might be a year of big changes in the All-Star Game, both with starting rosters and the reserve spots.

But the parties will be awesome regardless.
Comments

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 8:01 pm
 

Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

I think everyone is getting it wrong.
No reason to talk about Durant.   We know he is going to make it.   The makeup of that position hasn't changed in the West.
Same thing with Melo.   I think it is just too obvious to write about, same thing with Howard.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

You all are missing the point of the article... but it is still half assed done.  I think he was trying to show that the player movement may cause a change of players going to the all-star game or not.   It really wasn't trying to predict the obvious selections.



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:51 pm
 

Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

Anthony, Howard, and Roy definitely but John Wall? Lets allow him to play at least one game in the NBA before we promote him to the all-star squad.



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

Skelly caught this one.  I think this article needs to be either updated with edits or just removed completely.  Lose all credibility



Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:58 pm
 

Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

i have to say, and i dont comment much at all, but this "skelly" has a huge point! Isnt he rated in the top 5 of ALL basketball players???



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 6:02 am
 

Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

I'm not sure what this article is, I doubt it's leaving out names like Howard by accident.

Either way, these are the locks for starters for 2011:

West:

Kobe-  Doesn't matter if his #s drop any, which I don't think they will much.. he'll get the votes easily.

Yao-  As long as he's healthy, he'll start.. and probably should.  But with China voting, he'll always be the starter when he can play.

Paul-  He was close to Nash's votes while not even playing, he'll be there over Nash.

Melo-  He's more popular than Dirk or Duncan among voters, he'll easily be there.

Durant-  Coming off leading the league in scoring, having basically all of the hype of the summer games on him.  Can't see him not starting.

Yah, 5 locks, but I don't see any way around any of these picks.

East:

Lebron-  Duh.

Wade-  also Duh

Howard-  yes, duh.



After that, I think there are actually 2 spots people can play for. 

Amare started on the West the previous year, but that was at center.  I think his #s will be inflated and while he has no chance of starting over Howard, he's probably the favorite for the other forward spot.  Miami's record should be gaudy, and Bosh should get some votes now that he's in the spot light.  I think Boozer will be the deserving one, but I can't imagine him getting it.  I think Garnett will finally lose his spot this year.

The other guard position should be the most up for grabs in the game by a long shot.  Rondo and Rose should be the favorites, but neither got votes last year.. even though they should have.  Not much reason to think that'll change this year.  Iverson was voted in this spot last year, that's how much up for grabs it really is.  The next in line was Vince Carter.. and then Ray Allen.  So my guess is someone not deserving will be starting in this spot too.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 3:17 am
 

Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

I thought there was rule changes or something. What a waste of time this article was. Discussing all stars before the season even starts, someones trying to meet their monthly quota with minimal effort... 



Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:20 am
 

Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

Over 20 years ago, while playing in a local softball league, before the season I told a teammate that I could predict the post-season awards right then--All-League team, champion team, MVP.  I wrote it all down (two MVP names) and sealed it in an envelope, which he signed.  After the season, we unsealed the envelope, and other than two spots on the All-league team (one guy got hurt early, another moved away during the season), I was dead on.  Not that anything in the league was fixed, mind you, just the purest of coincidences.

That's the NBA to me, and especially the so-called All-Star Game.  Lots of artificial drama, lots of talk, lots of spin, but the overall results are pretty well known before things start. 



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:04 am
 

Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

And in February, home of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. It's going to be ridiculous, it's going to be over-the-top (more so than even your normal All-Star Game).It's going to be more over-the-top than Cowboys stadium which was just last year? How much more ridiculous can it be?



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2010 9:37 pm
 

Pop Quiz: How will the All-Star Game look?

     I would love to be able to say that he was just focusing on the roster switches... but after reading it twice it really seems he just left out Melo, Howard, and Durant... Either way, he is either a poor writer or didn't take 10 seconds to write the article.


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