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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: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:54 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

The dude has so much upside that he has the possiblity to become one of the greatest PF ever. Tim Duncan type area
Easy Now

Griffin is allergic to defense.  He is usually the worst defender of all 10 players on the court.

He has incredible athleticism and finishing moves. 
But, he is subpar passer.  He doesn't block shots. 
He has no defined low post moves other than the athleticism moves. 
In a half court setting he really needs a table setter guard.

He is not even in the same conversation as Duncan.

Timmy is one of the best defenders in NBA history at all positions  yet alone just power forward.

in the low post, Timmy had the go-to bank shot move. 
He wasn't Akeem, but he could play the post offense. 

Griffin cannot do that yet.  He desperately needs at least one defined post move other than finishing dunks.



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:51 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

The NBA All-Star Game is the least competitive All-Star event of all the All-Star games in pro-sports. I know this is the one game that is for the fans to enjoy but it still should be competitive and be taken seriously. Fans shouldnt be allowed to vote , if anything, fans should only be able to vote for the reserves or a last spot player - this should be the case for all sports All-Star games - Carmelo Anthony, The cancer, KoMe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol are all overrated and dont deserve to be on the roster, yet are because of fan voting... we all know KoMe Bryant is the biggest ball hog in the world of sports... An All Star game gives him more reason to be selffish, this is a mistake... the NBA needs to change this - either make the game mean something, or disallow fans from voting so this nonsense stops.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:45 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

@Spartyman33 Seriously you don't think Griffin will ever put up MVP type numbers??? The dude has so much upside that he has the possiblity to become one of the greatest PF ever. Tim Duncan type area. All it will take is just more time and experience. Not saying he'll go out and win 4 championships like Duncan did but once Lebron gets older and less productive it's not unrealistic to think Griffin could become the best player in the NBA. All he has to do is work on his defense and develop a jump shot and he'll be on his way.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:43 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Bosh is just padding his stats the way Rob Brown did in Marios' early Penguins days.  It is the right choice to snub him IMO, a benefactor of LBJs dominance in this crooked short season.  Next season we will see who this Chris Bosh really is.



Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Easiest article to write in the world Loves putting up MVP consideration numbers something Griffin will never do. It's all just a popularity contest though and the dude from LA that posters people is going to win every time. Kevin Love is one of the best players in the NBA now and that video at the end says it all good stuff. I like Griffin don't get me wrong but he can do nothing but dunk.



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Snubs?

It's not even worth criticizing.  It's a popularity contest, not a reward for actual performance.  This game is only designed as a PR exhibition.  And this is why I laugh at sportswriters who use All-Star appearances as a Hall of Fame credential in baseball and basketball.  If you want to truly reward performance, do what football does and remove fan balloting.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

The NBA is a joke anyways! Who cares about LEBronda and the rest of the heat bozo's!



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Bosh, Love the big All-Star starter snubs

Fans are fans.  However, Love should be a starter ahead of almost anyone in the West, except perhaps Durant and Kobe.  Blake is a video highlight but doesn't bring it every night like Love.


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