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Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:16 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 7:16 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Despite leading the West in rebounds and sitting third in points, Kevin Love wasn't named a starter. (Getty Images)

The starting fives for the Eastern and Western Conference were announced Thursday night
and while there weren't any surprises from the fan vote, the question is, should there have been?

By default this season, the fans weren't afforded the opportunity to really mess this up as Yao Ming retired and wasn't on the ballot. But I'm sure he's still somehow going to be named the Western reserves anyway. It wouldn't be a proper All-Star Game without him.

But let's figure it out: Did the fans get it right?

EAST

Obviously Derrick Rose is the right choice at point guard. The alternative option would be Deron Williams I suppose. Or Rajon Rondo, who finished second. Or if you wanted to get clever, maybe Jrue Holiday or Kyrie Irving. But Rose is the obvious correct choice despite him missing a handful of games with an injury. You don't snub the reigning MVP.

But at shooting guard, there's a case to be made for someone else here. Wade is the obvious top 2 in the East, but he's only played in 13 of Miami's 22 games this season. His numbers are good and he's as much a superstar as you can be, but if you want to give it to a deserving player, you could point to Joe Johnson who is leading the Hawks to the top of the East despite Atlanta having lost Al Horford. Still, Wade's the choice. Just the way it is.

Dwight Howard, check. Moving on.

The two forward spots is where I'd point to a mistake by the fans. LeBron James is obviously the right pick, but Carmelo Anthony is not. Not only has he missed a good chunk of New York's season, but he's not even playing that well. His team stinks and Melo's putting up near career-low numbers. You know who deserves that spot? Chris Bosh, believe it or not. Bosh has quietly had a terrific season for Miami. A 21.0 PER, 20.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Bosh deserves to start. Melo absolutely does not. Quite honestly, I'm not even sure if he's a reserve at this point.

WEST

If I wanted to have things thrown at me, I'd say Russell Westbrook deserves to start ahead of Chris Paul. CP3 missed a number of the Clippers' games and Westbrook has followed up last season's breakout with another terrific start. But I won't go there. CP3 showed Wednesday in Utah why he's not just the best point guard in the West, but the entire league.

Kobe Bryant, not going to argue with that. Honestly the only player that you could even recommend right now with Manu Ginobili being hurt is James Harden. And that's not at all reasonable.

Kevin Durant, check. He's not just scoring the ball well again this year while averaging career-highs in rebounding and assists, but his team sits atop the West and he's a solid MVP candidate.

Andrew Bynum gets the starters nod almost by default of being the best center in the West, but you could try and make something for Marc Gasol or Nene. Clipper fans want to point out DeAndre Jordan's defense, but come on. Bynum is averaging career-highs with 16.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. Bynum is the right selection, but not by too much.

Where the fans whiffed was at the 4 again. Yes, that means I'm going to tell you why Blake Griffin, even with his detonation of the Internet by posterizing Kendrick Perkins, is not the choice. Griffin's had a terrific season thus far, but I don't see how you deny Kevin Love. He doesn't have the highlight resume and doesn't have an arena oohing over a good offensive rebound, but Love leads the West in rebounding, is actually third in the West in scoring and has a PER of 25.87.

Griffin's numbers are great and you could even try and say LaMarcus Aldridge or Pau Gasol are deserving of mentions. So there they are. But that spot is owed to Love. His numbers are just too good to deny and there's not the excuse that his team is terrible anymore. The Wolves are nipping at that eight spot and are playing good basketball.

Plus, Love did this to Griffin, which should count for something, right?
Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:49 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

LeBron can't handle CP3, but he can shut down Rose apparently. Ball may lie, but matchup stats don't.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Wow. Seriously stop the comparisons. Griffin is not the same caliber player as Tim Duncan and never will be. Griffin is talented and he is a good player, but he is more like a downgraded end of his career Rony Seikaly type player ... but Seikaly had a very good low post game at the beginning of his career which Griffin does not have other than dunking the ball the majority of the time. Very far from Tim Duncan type talent.

Chris Bosh numbers look good, but they don't tell you the true story of what he brings to the Heat which is nothing. Bosh like LeBron throws up nasty bricks in the fourth quarter and some games he is just god awful if he is not getting down in the post. His FG% is up this year, because people are doubling up Wade. Bosh is getting a lot of easy shots down low, but he is still allergic to hitting a jump shot beyond 10 feet.
I agree with whoever said CP3 is the best PG in the league. Derrick Rose is good, but he can't take over a game which CP3 has shown he can do. Rose is starting to have that itis where he can't perform in the 4th quarter.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:17 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

If you are going to quote ESPN's CRIS Carter, you can at least spell his name correctly.




Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

This is why I hate NBA "All Star" as some players are only there because of popularity and not because of their achievements on the court for the season. To make it worse, the players are tack with the number of "All Star" apperance when in reality it shouldn't even matter. If the fans have their way, Yao Ming will be an "All Star" for life, so is that suppose to count as an achievement towards him? Of course not.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

I can see making the argument of Bosh over Anthony, but Joe Johnson over D-Wade. I'd rather watch Wade play with two broken legs than Joe Johnson.



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Melo is a overrated bum. He doesn't make his team any better and plays some of the NBA's worst defense. I feel sorry for the knicks bc he is going to doom them to be mediocre for years to come. It's all about selling tickets though. Right?



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:17 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Carmello Anthony continues to be the MOST OVER RATED PLAYER of ALL TIME!!!   He shouldn't even be an All-Star.  Okay, he can score, sometimes, but he plays no defense and doesn't care about winning.  He was great at Syracuse in his one season, but he peaked at that point.  The Knicks got so hosed by Denver in that deal, Kudos to the Nuggets for pulling off one of the biggest rip-offs in recent memory! 


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:36 am
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Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:35 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Melo sucks.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:30 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

taj,
chris carter doesn't say c'mon man, it's keyshawn johnson. 


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