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All-Star teams announced; how do they look?

Posted on: January 27, 2011 7:24 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 12:23 am
Posted by Royce Young

The starting five for the East and West All-Star teams were announced Thursday night and nothing jumped out as a huge surprise. Kobe Bryant was the top vote-getter overall, with Dwight Howard leading the East.

There weren't any major surprises since the last batch of results were releaed a few weeks ago. The East has Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire and Dwight Howard while the West features Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Andrew Bynum (Yao Ming was the top vote-getter, but of course is injured).

The question though that always comes with these sort of things when fans have the power is, did they get it right?


G: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

Did the fans get it right? Yes. Rajon Rondo was really the only other candidate and Rose only recently took him over for the starting spot. But with the numbers Rose has put up plus the with just how exciting he is, he's the correct choice. Rondo would've been a fine pick, but Rose is emerging as an MVP candidate and is the only player in the league averaging 24 points and eight assists a game. Rose is the game's youngest starter by a few days over Kevin Durant. 

G: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Did the fans get it right? Yes. Wade is one of those guys that really will be a starter for life. Some worried when he teamed up with LeBron that his numbers might dip. They haven't. Wade's still awesome. So again, a good pick by the fans.

F: LeBron James, Miami Heat

Did the fans get it right? Yes. Let me tell you, these Eastern voters are smart people. But then again, it's not hard to be when all the top players are also the biggest fan favorites. It helps in the East that there really wasn't an alternative either though. LeBron hasn't suffered any kind of drop-off in popularity or production, pulling in a huge number of votes while also making yet another All-Star team as a starter.

F: Amar'e Stoudemie, New York Knicks

Did the fans get it right? Yes. Stoudemire becomes the first Knick starter since 1997 when Patrick Ewing was named to the team. This is really the most debatable position in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Garnett was on top for a good part of the year but Amar'e overtook him in January. Tough call really and neither guy is a bad pick. But Stoudemire has helped restore basketball in New York has put up huge numbers and is establishing himself as an MVP candidate. Garnett, while excellent, was injured for a few weeks and doesn't have the same numbers as Stoudemire.

C: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

Did the fans get it right? Yes. When your other options are Shaquille O'Neal an injured Andrew Bogut and I don't know Nazr Mohammed (seriously, who else is there?) Howard is a pretty easy pick. He's got this spot locked up for a while and as his total votes showed, he's one the league's biggest names around the world.


G: Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets

Did the fans get it right? Yes. This was a close one. The Western guards is the deepest position in the league. Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Monta Ellis and on and on. But Paul has been good all season and across the board in statistical categories, Paul is at the top or very near it.

G: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Did the fans get it right? Yes. Kobe led the way in votes again and anchors the West squad. There's no question that as long as he's still bouncing a ball that he's earned a spot in this game. And with the biggest name across the world in terms of basketball, he'll have a starting spot for a long time too.

F: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Did the fans get it right? Yes. The league's leading scorer and the youngest starter for the West. At just 22, Durant is probably just now starting a very, very long run as an All-Star starter. A lot of people wondered that if in small-town Oklahoma City that he'd gain the national recognition needed to become a big-name star, but evidently that wasn't a problem. Durant was the second-leading vote-getter in the West behind Kobe.

F: Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

Did the fans get it right? No. A tough call but first of all, Melo isn't really a power forward. And since Durant beat him out in the forward vote, Carmelo is the one that's cut. No doubt Melo is having a nice season, but with Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol and Kevin Love playing the ACTUAL position, it's hard to justify Melo being a starter. One of those guys is more deserving of this spot based on what they've done this year.

C: Yao Ming, Houston Rockets

Did the fans get it right? Um, no. Yao has only played in five games and trust me, he wasn't that amazing in those five games. Yao is the poster child for what's wrong with fan voting. Other than Yao, you can really make the case that the other nine starters are justified. But because of China, Yao is voted in again while other more deserving players sit behind him. The commissioner will fill this spot and it'll likely be with the runner-up Andrew Bynum, a pick that's still not that good.


Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:13 pm

All-Star teams announced; how do they look?

I agree with many of the posts that say a player must play in a minimum amount of games to be considered for the All-star game. But instead of 1/3, I'd say half- or at least 40%. Williams and Paul as starters- it's a tie. Tie goes to the vote. Melo being voted in- the ballot says forwards, not small forwards and power forwards. Personally I think he's overrated... I'd replace Yao with Duncan before Bynum. But there is a strong case for Tyson Chandler this year (though defense rarely gets you into the all-star game). Aldridge deserves it over Love and Griffen because he's played better head to head, but I understand wanting a player like Griffen who makes spectacular plays to be there. In an all-star game, that's what fans enjoy seeing. Lastly, the starters should be voted in by the players, and the reserves by the coaches (players can't vote for themselves or teammates). The fans have proven they can't handle the responsibility to do it right.

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 2:07 am

All-Star teams announced; how do they look?

As long as Yao is on the ballot he will be voted in by China. Why not put restrictions on who makes the ballot. It seems that a player should have played in at least 1/3 of the games before the all-star game. And I'm with some of the others. Grffin is amazing and derves the spot over Carmelo this year. And why not more discussion abourt Duncan. The man is a model of consistency and is still unstoppable.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 6:03 pm

Replacing Yao Ming

I really like Andrew Bynum as an NBA player. However, this year he has logged only 535 minutes, starting only 15 of the 22 games he has played. He has averaged 11.4 points and 7.5 rebounds during the year. These are simply not All-Star production numbers. Who, then would be a better pick in the West? There are several forwards who play center at least a substantial part of their time on the floor. Tim Duncan, Al Jefferson, LaMarcus Aldridge. With the glut of All-Star worthy forwards in the West this year one or two of these three might make that selection easier. Duncan, according to plays center 60% (1351) of the available minutes, averaging 13.6 points and 9.6 rebounds . Jefferson plays 67% of the minutes at center, averaging 16.7 points and 8.8 rebounds,  while Aldridge plays 27% of the minutes (609) at center, averaging 21.0 points and 9 rebounds. Duncan and Aldridge would be the two most qualified (both are substantially better than other Western centers). 

As far as the fans selections go, I do agree that the selections are well supported this year other than Yao.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:13 pm

All-Star teams announced; how do they look?

Only the American peiple should get to vote, I don't vote for other countries all stars, so why should they? Ming is a joke and injured his whole life, Th east picks are dead on though, Rose is well deserved over Rondo.

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:11 pm

All-Star teams announced; how do they look?

Also what about Blake Griffin? Right now he is the most exciting player to watch, I thought thats what the allstar game was about, letting fans witness amazing plays from amazing players!

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:08 pm

All-Star teams announced; how do they look?

I truly believe that Tyson Chandler from the Dallas Mavericks should of been on there before Bynum. Just my opinion of course.

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:48 am

All-Star teams announced; how do they look?

Al Horford or JaVale McGee would easily be the next choices behind Dwight Howard...Shaquille Oneal and Nazr Mohammed? Really?

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:26 am
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:24 am

All-Star teams announced; how do they look?

Or that the voting is flawed.  Alos, Duncan is an amazing player who has consistantly put up monster numbers and won championships throughout his career.  But Blake Griffin already has a career highlight reel that is more fun to watch than Duncan's.  He is all substance and no flash, and that probably hurts himon things like all star voting.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:19 am

All-Star teams announced; how do they look?

Changing the voting rules to weigh votes from China differently is NOT going to change anything?
Does anyone remember when Vince Carter was voted a started year after year, including years when he was injured, just because the guy could jump out of the gym? (he also put up All-star worthy numbers, but not always all-star STARTER numbers).
In many ways it's a popularity contest. and for the most part, and luckily, the most popular players (because of endorsements, media coverage, etc.) happen to be the best players, who end up putting up the best numbers.
Melo is the exception, but he's also probably one of the 10 best players in the league, so you can't really complain that he's a starter.

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