Unlike most years, my excitement and anticipation for the upcoming All-Star festivities is lukewarm at best.
We’ve barely had one month of NBA basketball and were already having ourselves an All-Star game. Was one month really enough time to judge who and who shouldn’t be competing on the 26th?
Being named to the NBA All-Star team is an honor and a privilege. Having the title “All-Star” in front of your name means that you truly are one of the very best in the National Basketball Association.
With the season being shortened because of the Lockout, I guess the league had no other choice but to hold the game as early as it is. You can’t just scrap the game all together because the season is drastically shorter in length. I just find it hard to call someone an All-Star after playing 20-25 games in just over a month. Players are constantly getting hurt and taking time off because of the condensed schedule. This is a season unlike any we have seen in over 14 years, but I suppose you just have to deal with the cards that have been dealt.
With that being said, we finally have our official 12 man rosters for both the Eastern and Western conference squads. Here are some of the big surprises and snubs (players who should have made the team) from this years selections….
EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Roster: G Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls, G Dwayne Wade – Miami Heat, F Carmelo Anthony – New York Knicks, F Lebron James – Miami Heat, C Dwight Howard – Orlando Magic, F Chris Bosh – Miami Heat, F Luol Deng – Chicago Bulls, C Roy Hibbert – Indiana Pacers, F Andre Iguodala – Philadelphia 76ers, G Joe Johnson – Atlanta Hawks, F Paul Pierce – Boston Celtics, G Deron Williams – New Jersey Nets
13.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks
Hibbert is on the team for a few reasons, one of which being that the Eastern Conference is severely lacking in quality big men who aren’t named Dwight Howard.
If not for an early season injury, this spot would have most likely gone to the Atlanta Hawks Al Horford. The early success of the Indiana Pacers (17-9) also helped his cause quite a bit as well.
Hibbert is not your typical All-Star and will most likely look awkward and out-of-place in a game as fast-paced as this.
15.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists
I would have rather seen Deng make the team during a year in which he hadn’t missed so many games due to injury, but I suppose beggars can’t be choosers.
I’m glad the coaches have finally given Deng the credit he deserves and selected him as a reserve for this years game in Orlando. He’s a tremendous all-around player and the clear-cut #2 option on the second-best team in basketball.
18.0 points, 5.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds
Who says a rookie can’t make an All-Star team?
Blake Griffin did it last year, so why can’t Kyrie?
Irving is the catalyst behind a Cavaliers team that isn’t nearly as awful as we all thought they’d be and should be recognized for his efforts.
He plays in Cleveland for crying out loud. Give the guy some credit.
18.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists
The need for an extra big on the roster is the ONLY reason Roy Hibbert was selected over Danny Granger. Granger is the best player on the Indiana Pacers and deserved a spot on this years team.
The coaches picked the wrong Pacer.
Way to go.
F Josh Smith – Atlanta Hawks
15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks
Either the coaches REALLY love Joe Johnson, or they REALLY hate Josh Smith.
In my case, I REALLY hate Joe Johnson.
Josh Smith should be on the team instead of Johnson because frankly, he’s the better player. He shoots more efficiently, rebounds the ball better and is a stud on the defensive end.
With LaMarcus Aldridge now an All-Star in the Western Conference, the award for the leagues best player to have never made an All-Star team now goes to Smith.
WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Roster: G Chris Paul – L.A Clippers, G Kobe Bryant – L.A Lakers, F Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder, F Blake Griffin – L.A Clippers, C Andrew Bynum – L.A Lakers, F LaMarcus Aldridge – Portland Trail Blazers, C Marc Gasol – Memphis Grizzlies, F Kevin Love – Minnesota Timberwolves, G Tony Parker – San Antonio Spurs, G Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder, G Steve Nash – Phoenix Suns, F Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks
18.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists
The only reason Dirk made the cut is because he is still living off of a reputation he made for himself in last years playoffs.
He is currently playing through his worst statistical season since he first arrived in the NBA.
The funny thing is that Dirk even admitted himself that he didn’t deserve the spot on the team.
15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks
I never realized that “Pau” was spelt M-A-R-C.
I’m a fan of the younger Gasol and I believe he has a bright future with the Memphis Grizzlies, but I just can’t come up with enough reasons as to why he should be on the team above his brother Pau or even his teammate Rudy Gay.
How awesome would it have been if both Gasol brothers made the cut? Now THAT would have been interesting.
All this selection does is make the “Kwame Brown for Pau Gasol” trade look slightly better in the eyes of Grizzly fans.
14.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 7.6 assists
Lowry is my sleeper to win the MVP award this year.
He’s doing everything and more for the Houston Rockets, who by the way are sitting pretty in the Western Conference at the fifth seed.
This snub hits home with me because I was really hoping Lowry would somehow sneak in and make this years squad.
The Western Conference is chalk-full of great point guards (Parker, Nash, Westbrook, Paul), but it still sucks to see Kyle not make the team.
18.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists
See Danny Granger.
This is another example of how the “much-needed” backup center for the All-Star team has taken a spot away from a much more deserving player.
Just as Roy Hibbert has taken a spot from his more talented teammate Danny Granger, Marc Gasol has stolen that spot from his teammate Rudy Gay. If any member of the Grizzlies deserved this opportunity, it was Gay.
Based on the final rosters, are there any players who made the team that surprise you? Who do you feel should have been an All-Star in 2012? Leave a comment in the box below and let me know