The "Should Be" NBA All-Star Game Roster
by Nolan Sinclair - 1/19/2010
With the NBA All-Star Game coming up soon I feel it is my duty to inform all of you what the starting line-ups for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference should look like. Of course, because the fans vote the teams I’ve listed below won’t be near what the starting lineup will be on Sunday, Feb. 14 in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium.
(Oh, and there is no chance in hell that you find Allen Iverson or Tracy McGrady’s names anywhere near this list.)
Here’s my 2010 Should Be All-Star Teams:
Rajon Rondo (14 points, 9.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals/game)
Rondo has been a staple for the Celtics this season. He has kept this team playing at the high level that we have become accustomed to over the past few seasons. With Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce missing time with injuries and Rasheed Wallace and Kedrick Perkins just being absolutely insane, Rondo has remained the picture of stability. I know that there are other point guards that might have more points per game or assists per game but Rondo is the best PG in the East, hands down.
Dwayne Wade (27.1 points, 6.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds/game
D-Wade had a monster year last season showing us all why he should be considered one of the best players in the game. This season has been no different, as he has led a rag-tag bunch of players for the Miami Heat into the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff race yet again. His numbers are down a little bit this season as last year was about as good as it can get for a player, but I don’t think anyone would bat an eyelash at 27, six, and five.
LeBron James (29.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists/game)
Are you serious with those numbers? 30, seven, and eight! Out of Michael Jordan’s 15 NBA seasons he averaged 30, seven, and eight only once. He averaged 30, six, and six only three times. LeBron has only hit the 30 points plateau twice in his eight-year career, but outside of his first season LeBron’s worst numbers have been 27.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and six assists. Man did I just make a lot of 1980s and 1990s NBA fans mad.
Chris Bosh (23.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists/game)
Bosh has become somewhat of a jump shooting power forward, but he has become an impressive jump shooting power forward regardless. Bosh is shooting better than 52 percent from the floor and averaging more points and rebounds than he has in any of his previous six seasons.
Note: Due to the fact that Center is a dying breed in the NBA, I am going to have Chris Bosh play the center for the Eastern Conference. Since LeBron James can guard pretty much anyone in the league I think the East will be fine with Bosh at the center. With the switch of Bosh I am adding Gerald Wallace to the starting Eastern Conference all-star line up. I may have some people disagree with this addition but go ahead and look at Dwight Howard’s stats. They aren’t as impressive as they have been the past two seasons. Vince Carter’s addition to the Magic has not only hurt their team’s chemistry they have hurt Superman’s numbers.
Gerald Wallace (18.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks/game)
Gerald Wallace is having a career year and he should be rewarded with a trip to the All-Star Game. The Charlotte Bobcats are playing solid basketball at the current moment and Wallace is the main reason. The kitties are one of the best home teams in the NBA and Wallace’s all-out play is what drives the Charlotte’s engine. Over Wallace’s seven-year career he has become one of the more underrated players in the NBA. Yet when you average over 18 points and 11 rebounds it’s time for people to take notice. Well Gerald, this is me taking notice. I think you should be an All-Star.
The Western Conference is much more difficult to sift through than the Eastern Conference. There are numerous players that can make a case for the starting Western Conference roster. I would like to formally apologize to Tyreke Evans, Monta Ellis, Zach Randolph, and Amare Stoudemire. All of you are having impressive seasons, but there was one guy just a little bit better than you. I know I may catch some flack for leaving off Stoudemire but read on a little further and you will see why I did.
Brandon Roy (23. 4 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.6 rebounds/game)
Evans has numbers that are eerily similar to Roy’s, but Evans plays in Sacramento and he doesn’t have much pressure to deal with. Roy plays on a team that many people picked to finish near the top of the Western Conference and he plays on a team that has lost Rudy Fernandez, Travis Outlaw, Joel Pryzbilla, and Greg Oden, all players that play a significant role, for extended periods of time. Roy is also the guy that when he had to wear an enormous knee brace one day after spraining his knee scored 41 points in a victory over the Denver Nuggets. Roy is also the guy that seems to be single handedly keeping pace with those Denver Nuggets as the Blazers are only a game out of first place.
Kobe Bryant (28.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists/game)
Kobe is having another outstanding season even though he has played with numerous nagging injuries. How many NBA players could put up numbers like he has with a broken finger on their shooting hand? None, that’s how many. Well, I guess one can, as that is what Kobe is doing. At 31 years old, Bryant’s 47 percent shooting percentage is a career high. His 1.8 steals per game is second to his 2.2 steals per game in 2002-2003, and his 28.8 points per game has only been bettered three times in his 14-year career. Bryant can do it all, and is and will be an all-star staple for years to come.
Kevin Durant (29.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.2 steals/game)
Durant is just 21 years old. This past September he was finally able to purchase a beer at a local Oklahoma City tavern without using a fake I.D. Now he is averaging 29 points a game for one of the more exciting, young teams in the league. With each passing game he is becoming one of the most feared offensive players in the NBA. With his size and length it is almost impossible to stop him. After a few more years I will stop using the term almost and just say it is impossible to stop him. Durant has hit for 35 points or more 10 times this season.
Dirk Nowitzki (25.3 points, 8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1 steal/game)
Dirk “Do Work” is having yet another stellar year. He isn’t hitting the glass with reckless abandon like he has done in the past, but that isn’t due to lack of intensity it is more because of the addition of Shawn Marion. Dirk is still shooting better than 88 percent from the foul line, 47 percent from the floor and 39 percent from the three-point line.
Carmelo Anthony (29.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists)
Not only did Carmelo win my Syracuse Orange a national title in 2003 he is living up to his billing as one of the most unstoppable players in the league. Anthony is a player that can score from the perimeter or the post and he is a player that forwards aren’t quick enough and guards aren’t strong enough to guard. Anthony is hitting career highs in points per game, free throw percentage, and three-point shooting percentage. When healthy the Denver Nuggets are one of the best teams in the NBA and Carmelo has become the main reason for that success.
Now, since this is my story I get to make the rules. The West get an extra player due to the fact that I really like one particular player, and I feel that he has had a tough life. He has struggled personally with thinning hair and weird facial expressions, yet he is having a career year with the L.A. Clippers. I wanted to leave off Dirk, but I just couldn’t, and I had to have Durant and Carmelo even though they both play the three. With Bosh starting for the East at the center spot, Dirk can play the five for the West. I left off Amare because of Dirk and…
Chris Kaman (20.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks/game
Kaman is averaging more rebounds, assists, and blocks per game than Amare Stoudemire. He also shoots the ball better from the free throw line. With all that said, stats really don’t matter. Look at this guy. He is definitely deserving of an all-star nod.
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