This happens every year, and we all gripe about it, but here are the All-Stars for both NBA conferences. Starters in italics:
- East: Jason Kidd, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Caron Butler, Richard Hamilton, Antawn Jamison, Joe Johnson, and Paul Pierce.
- West: Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, Yao Ming, Carlos Boozer, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Paul, Brandon Roy, Amare Stoudemire, and David West.
Guys I’m either happy to see here or excited to see on some stage come the Game: LBJ, KG, Howard, Butler, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kobe, AI, Chris Paul, and Brandon Roy.
West snubs first (I admit most of these are jacked from TrueHoop, but I largely agree with Henry on these):
Deron Williams, Utah – Suffers due to AI’s shift to the Western Conference. In a conference where the teams are that close, there’s going to be a glut of point guards, and the problem is that he’s not playing at the level that Chris Paul is right now.
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio – Still a dirty flopper, but the dirty flopper has helped keep the Spurs above ground on nights where they look horrible and both Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are weathering injuries.
Baron Davis, Golden State – Team’s not quite consistent enough and has off nights too frequently.
Tyson Chandler, New Orleans – Chicago misses him more than we know right now, although this is probably the Chris Paul effect taking place in people’s heads, plus playing in a conference where Amare Stoudemire is the back-up doesn’t help. (I don’t think Yao should be anywhere near a starter here.)
Ray Allen, Boston – Someone of the Big Three had to get screwed. Sadly, Dwyane Wade made it in on name alone.
Hedo Turkoglu – I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to watch him. But reading the recaps and after watching the occasional game here and there, I would say he certainly deserves a guard slot above Wade too, whose team has been abysmal.