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NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:16 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 7:42 pm
 
NBA All-Star reserves announced, All-Star rosters complete. Blake Griffin selected to NBA All-Star game as a rookie. Four Celtics make the team, East represented primarily by Boston and Miami.
Posted by Matt Moore and Royce Young

The NBA All-Star Game reserves were announced live this evening, and we'll break them all down for you. 


Eastern Conference:

Guard: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Joe Johnson

Forward: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh

Center: Al Horford

The Eastern Conference All-Star team is made up of only six teams. The Bulls have one, the Celtics four, the Heat three, the Magic one, the Knicks one and the Hawks two. 

Rondo has had a fantastic first half of the season, putting up near historic assist numbers. He's had a couple 20-assist nights and as the creator and distributor of one of the NBA's most efficient offenses, it's a well-deserved nod. He's had three triple-doubles and 19 double-doubles. In five seasons, this is two All-Star selections for Rondo. At 35, Allen is one of the oldest All-Stars. But he's certainly deserving. He's shooting over 45 percent from 3 and as one of the most deadly late game scorers in the NBA, he's feared in almost every situation. This is Allen's 10th selection. 

Nobody came on stronger over the last month than Johnson. In January Johnson averaged 26.0 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field. He started slow because of an elbow issue but now that he's healthy, he's back to one of the best isolation scorers and knock down shooters in the league. Five straight All-Star Games for Johnson.

Quietly, Garnett is having an MVP caliber season. Because of his leadership and defense, Garnett has positioned his team as the team to beat in the East. He's always a threat for a double-double and this season has re-asserted his dominance on the interior. This makes 14 straight All-Star appearances for Garnett. Pierce makes it four Celtics on the roster and really, it's hard to say he didn't deserve it. Really, it just came down to which Celtic do you scrub? And it's just too hard to say it should've been Pierce. He's scoring at a ridiculously efficient rate this season and this is his ninth selection.

Bosh is appearing in his sixth All-Star Game. He's taken a lot of flak over his role and perceived toughness in Miami, but his importance can't be denied. Without him, the Heat just aren't the same offensive team. It's easy to forget what a good power forward he really is and he's still one of the very best. A second consecutive appearance for Horford. He's had 24 double-doubles and is quietly one of the premier big men in the league. He's top five in field goal percentage and rebounds and is maybe the most important player for the Hawks. 


Western Conference:

Guard:   Russell Westbrook, Manu Ginobili, Deron Williams

Forward: Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Blake Griffin

Center:   Pau Gasol

Blake Griffin certainly makes an impression, doesn't he? Selected over LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love (we'll get to them in a bit). A rookie selected to the All-Star game itself. Pretty incredible. From there, Deron Williams will likely raise a few eyebrows considering he hasn't had a season up to his standards, but it's not like he's struggled. It's clear that both coaches appreciate the tremendous crop of point guards we have playing in this league currently.  Westbrook making it will surely ease the fears of Thunder fans, and Duncan and Nowitzki were no-brainers based off both team success and individual legacy, even if our own Ken Berger felt Duncan wasn't up to snuff. 

Manu is a surprise selection, but as he's been mentioned in some's MVP conversations, perhaps he shouldn't be. Ginobili has managed to absolutely demolish teams down the stretch, and his play has been arguably the biggest reason for the Spurs having the best record in basketball. 

For the West, the fans got their man (Griffin), the coaches got their legacies (Duncan, Nowitzki), and L.A. is well represented, even without Lamar Odom sneaking in. Now we get to start figuring out who Blake Griffin is going to dunk on. 

Your complete All-Star Rosters (starters in bold):

Eastern Conference: 

Guard : Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Joe Johnson

Forward: LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh

Center: Dwight Howard Al Horford

Western Conference:

Guard:  Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant , Russell Westbrook, Manu Ginobili, Deron Williams

Forward:  Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony , Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Blake Griffin

Center:  Yao Ming (injured), Pau Gasol
Comments

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:14 pm
 

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

The West look unbeatable! 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:01 pm
 

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

Few things are more tiring than baseless conspiracy theories. 



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Coaches picks - rigged?

The reserves are picked (except for the Commissioner's injury pick(s)) and especially in the West some deserving players have been left off. But as Joseph Stalin once said it is not who votes but who counts the votes. The NBA has appeared to get their wish with Blake Griffin selected over LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love. Blake is flashy. Blake is crowd pleasing. Blake is a rookie on a bad team (19-29). Head-to-head against Aldridge, Blake was dominated. But the fans win to see the flashy newcomer. Now, Mr. Commissioner, make it right by naming Aldridge to replace Yao Ming. Aldridge is leading his injury-devastated team to a playoff spot. He, more than others, has earned his place.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:59 pm
 

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

Yao is a disgrace, should not have been elgible for the ballot for a billion screaming Chinamen.    Love should not only be a reserve he should be a starter over Melo and I am a Knick fan who knows he will be a Knick by this summer.  Melo is 24/8 shooting 43% while Love is 21/16 shooting 47%.  NBA leading rebounder.  Stat derserves the start in the east glad to see him get voted in.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:54 pm
 

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

With Yao out, that leaves the West with 6 reserves, yet the East has 7...how does that work?
Because the commissioner, not the coach, has to pick the injury replacement for the fan-voted Yao.  Hopefully he'll pick Love.



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:54 pm
 

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

No team should have four all-stars, especially when they are all selected as reserves. If a team has four players that are that much better than their peers, they better have zero losses. The Celtics do have the beast record in the East, but they aren't that much better than other teams to warrant taking four slots on the All-Star team. Paul Pierce AND Ray Allen shouldn't have made the team.





Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:52 pm
 

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

All the people whining about individual players need to go through the entire process and post their team.  Wanking about the guy you don't like is just pathetic.  Put Bosh's seasons up against the rest of the East forwards and he's a very solid choice.  The only difference between the final East roster and my own picks were I had Bogut as my backup center (narrowly over Horford), and I had Andrea Bargnani over Kevin Garnett.

I was totally different on the west because I actually named two centers the way it was intended to be.  I had Nash, Love, and Monta Ellis over Westbrook, Ginobili, and Duncan.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:25 pm
 

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

CHRIS F***** BOSH?!?!?! NBA IS RIGGED!!!!!!!!!!!! RIGGGED!!!!!!!



Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:01 pm
 

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

With Yao out, that leaves the West with 6 reserves, yet the East has 7...how does that work? Why don't they add probably the biggest snub, K Love onto the team?



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:51 pm
 

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced

i dont agree about Chris Bosh as a Reserve



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