There will be at least one surprise when All-Star starters are announced Thursday night. Amare Stoudemire has passed Carmelo Anthony in the voting since the most recent tabulation Jan. 8, securing his first All-Star start, according to the Arizona Republic.
If there are no other changes, Stoudemire would be joined by Tim Duncan and Yao Ming in the front court with Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady in the backcourt for the West. The East starters as of Jan. 8 were Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James up front with Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson in the backcourt.
Reserves for the Feb. 15 game in Phoenix are selected by the coaches and will be announced Jan. 29.
So here's my question: If All-Star voting wasn't a popularity contest, who would be the starting five for each conference? Who deserves it?