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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: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:12 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

I believe Love played HS ball for Lake Oswego, Oregon. (Not from Ca.)




Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:58 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

I know what you mean but CP3 is the best pure point guard, Rose gets his points but no one does what CP3 can do he gets his points and can get a reserve 20 points if he wanted.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:02 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

CP3 is the best point guard in the entire league??? Really? He's outstanding, don't get me wrong but D Rose is in a class of his own right now.  As Chris Carter would say; "C'mon man!"



Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:59 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Just have to put my two cents in....Love and Aldridge are the men. They are in small market bases and are unbelievable talents. True fans and players know their value!!!!




Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:47 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

"..."Melo" and Bynum were the obivious choices for their teams is due to the lack of talent of SFs in the East,and Cs in the West. "


DREJOHNSR, I'm not sure if you paid much attention to the Eastern Conference but there is no shortage of talented SFs out East. Just to name a few Lebron James, Danny Granger, Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala and Luol Deng all play the position in the Eastern Conference and you could argue that each one of them is worthy of playing on the All Star team. If you want to say that Melo made the team on name recognition, that's one thing. It's another to say that he made it due to a dearth of talent. I'll buy that argument for Bynum but not for Melo.




Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:32 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

I see a ton of complaints here, about who is starting, this was up to us you all know? if you thought something different then happened then you should have voted that way. And just like real political voting, quite often it goes a way you might not "personally" want or expect, but it is simply majority rules. Pretty simple to understand. If people want to complain, then I think it is appropriate to complain when the coaches flush out the teams, those are Biased appointments, and we as fans can bash away at whomever we choose. The starters, well we picked em' stop complaining and watch the game.



Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:26 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Fans vote for who they want to see. Not who deserves to be there. 
That's the worst kept secret in All-Star voting. 
The reserves provide for who actually deserves to be there - and they will again (Love, Aldridge, Joe Johnson, Marc Gasol, Russell Westbrook, Nene, Chris Bosh, Brandon Jennings, Rajon Rondo, Hedo Turkoglu, Greg Monroe, etc.)



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:21 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Andrew Bynum does not deserve to be a starter before Kevin Love in the West Love is the best Big Man in the league old fashioned big man that is Durant is the very best all around Big but Love is a Classic center who can also shoot the three and gets double double almost every night out Bynum only shows flashes then other games you cant find him
OK, first you need to start using some punctuation, next Bynum is a CENTER, not a FORWARD.  Love may play center, but he's a true PF! 



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:19 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Kevin Love>>>>>>Blake Griffin!!  



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:13 am
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Nipping? Really... really? Every team is "nipping" at a playoff spot. Half the season isn't even over!


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