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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: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:35 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

I'm ok with the argument that love should start over Griffin. I'm a Clippers fan, so Blake is my pick. But the argument can be made for Love. Yes Blake has more help, but 2nd in the West vs just under .500 is more than enough for me to pick him over Love.

But the people that keep insisting Blake can't do anything but dunk, need to watch some Clippers games not just sportscenter highlights. He hits jumpers, he hits fadeaways, he hits spinning hook shots, and yes he dunks. Of course he needs to improve his post moves, and jump shot, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have them.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:32 pm
 

See?

Still the same ol' BS no respect for a basketball person with knowledge. I don't really care about who got snubbed out of the selfish pigs that feed at the NBA trough, I just know that the NBA is incapable of providing any type of product that respects the (marginally intelligent) fan....
 



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:31 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Aldridge just can't get any respect.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:01 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

I like that the fans get to name the starters.  This is where we want to see the future Legends of tha game play.  Not who's been hot for the first 5 weeks of the 2011 failed season.  So sure Wade should be there on talent alone.  Same for Melo.  Bynum is there because someone has to be. 



Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:58 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

How can you have "snubs" on a fan vote?  Fans vote for who they want to see, right?  Yao got voted in several times and he was suiting up probably 5 games total.  Iverson was a starter way past  his prime.  Who cares?   Get the reserves right, that's all that counts.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:40 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Like all All Star Games this is mostly a popularity contest in the voting. If you are boring with good stats...you may just miss out to someone who plays above the rim with tons of highlights... War Griffin and DJ to come !!!



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:57 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

How About the All Injury Team?

Centre: Al Horford/Andrew Bogut/Greg Oden/

PF: Andrea Bargnani

SF: Jeff Green

PG: Eric Maynor

SG: Manu Ginobili/Gerald Henderson




Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:54 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

we all know KoMe Bryant is the biggest ball hog in the world of sports.




I'm pretty sure that title goes to the cancer named carmelo anthony.

 andre igoudala will be a huge snub if he dont get named to the reserves. he consistantly comes close to putting up triple-doubles. he stuffs the stat sheets every night and has become a fan favorite here in philly again after alll the years of calling for his head. he is the best on ball defender in the nba other then probably lebron who is by far the best no matter what any hater wants to say. wade is up their too. he is a great facilitator a great rebounder, defender, dunker, and all around team player. when hes on he can put up pleanty of points too. hes better then melo

carmelo? seriously? iggy, bosh, josh smith just off the top of my head are all better forwards then melo this year. and if i really wanted to take another minute of my time just to take a peek and remind myself of others im sure i could bring up atleast 3-5 more who could start over carmelo anthony(the most overrated player in the NBA and maybe of all professional sports, right up their with desean jackson).

i hope your having fun in NYC carmelo, the true diva of diva's. he will never ever win a championship. hes slow needs 30-35 shots to score 30, doesnt hustle, doesn't play defense, doesnt set his players up and doesn't rebound unless the ball bounces his way. hes CANCERRRRRRRRRRR. but this is for the fans so i guess thats what the fans wanna see LOL........



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:14 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Where's Loul Deng? He's probably one the most consistent players in the league, he should be ahead of Carmelo Anthony but obvious behend LeBron James.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Just goes to show you that the average voting fan is a moron, or a 11 year old kid. Obviously Love deserved it instead of Griffin. I'd put Love as the third most deserving starter behind Kobe and Durantula. Pretty sad. Stop letting the fans decide and maybe the All-Star selections will start meaning something.


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