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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?


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.


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?

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:01 am

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Would have killed them to have one "white" starter?  Love is top 5 in every stat for a big guy.  Leading a young unheralded team and making big shots.  In a big market he might be leading for MVP.  He takes over as the Great White Hope from Dirk and the beautiful thing about it is he is an American from California, instead of a European.  Stern - You want to stimulate growth in fan interest in most of the country?  Make this guy a star.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:43 am

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Stop ya bellyaching...How many years did Carmelo derserve to start in the west but didnt because of Duncan, dirk and all evens out

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:26 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

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:41 am

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

I too agree with you "coltsrule507" about "Melo" being a starter for the East All-Star team. I'm a big "Melo" fan and it's hard for me to say that he's not deserving to start for the East in the All-Star game. Like I said in my response,he's starting only because of the lack of production from other SFs in the East. If you were to ask me who would I replace "Melo" with in the lineup,I would go "out on a limb" and would pick either Young and/or "AI2" of the Sixers. My reason for picking either one of them is due to the early season success of the Sixers. I know that their numbers aren't "eye-popping",but at least the Sixers are winning,and playing much better basketball than the Knicks......Real Talk!!!

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:31 am

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:31 am

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

I feel for "K.Love" and Bosh being snubbed as possible All-Star starters. My honest opinion about the choices for both the East/West starters is that "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. As for the choice of PGs in the West, the only reason that I would have CP3 instead of Westbrook as a starter is due to CP3 being a better "set-up man" than Westbrook. Westbrook's a helluva PG,but he's looking for his shot before he'll get everyone else involved. You can say that for Rose,but Rose has MVP credentials,plus he's well-respected throughout the NBA and is one of the best,if not the best PG today. I would have Aldridge as my starting center for the West because he's been due for quite some time to be considered an All-Star. Now if Aldridge and Love don't make it as reserves,then I don't know what else to say about the procedure(s) of selecting players to participate in the All-Star Game.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:03 am

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Carmello as a starter?  How the hell is he even an All-Star, let alone a starter.  What has he done this year other than running the Knicks organization into the ground.  This is why the vote should not be left to the fans if you want the best players playing.  It is as Bruin86 people vote for stars and that's what this game is all about.  It's a popularity contest like your grade school student elections.  Whoever wins isn't necessarily that deserving.  They are just the most popular kid/player in school.  I challenge anyone to argue that Melo should be a starter.  Please prove me wrong. 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:33 am

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Man the center position really sucks outside of Dwight Howard.  Bynum still isn't as good as a several-years-past-their-primes Duncan and Garnett yet, and those guys probably won't even make the all-star game at all this season.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:07 am

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

This is a fan vote.  They vote for who they want to see.  In a star driven league, that's just the way it is.  That's why the NBA all-star game is most fun to watch.  You get to see the "stars".  However, this has been going on for years.  Wasn't Magic Johnson an all-star starter after he retired from Basketball?

And hurt/well doesn't matter.  CP3, when healthy is the best point guard.  Blake Griffin is not much of a dropoff in terms of scoring.  As much as I like Love, if he was on the Clippers, his numbers would be about the same as Griffin, based on the talent around him.

As one of the readers stated, as long as they get the reserves correct...

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:09 am

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

What???  They're playing again???  Goes to show how much I care about the NBA.

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