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2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:17 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 9:54 am
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade will lead their respective conferences into the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. (Getty Images)

The NBA officially announced the complete 2012 Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star teams on Thursday.

The seven reserve spots were selected by a vote of each conference’s head coaches.

The Eastern Conference reserves: Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams, Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng and Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala.

The Western Conference reserves: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.

The starting lineups for both teams, selected by a fan voting process, were unveiled last week.

The Eastern Conference starting lineup: Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Heat forward LeBron James, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

The Western Conference starting lineup: Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Lakers center Andrew Bynum. 

The Associated Press offers the following notes and quotes on the selection.

Nowitzki was chosen Thursday to his 11th straight All-Star game, with coaches overlooking the lowest scoring average since his second NBA season in favor of his long-term excellence.

"It was a tough road back to full health for me, but I am honored that the coaches thought enough of me to make me an All-Star," Nowitzki said in a statement. "It has been a privilege to represent the Mavericks organization over the last decade and I look forward to doing it again in Orlando."

But Kevin Garnett wasn't chosen after 14 consecutive selections, and Tim Duncan was left out after 13 in a row. Other All-Star regulars such as Ray Allen and Amar'e Stoudemire will be home, giving way to five first-timers among the reserves: Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol of Memphis, Andre Iguodala of Philadelphia, Indiana's Roy Hibbert, and Chicago's Luol Deng.

Age didn't stop Nash, averaging 10 assists and shooting 56 percent from the field. He became just the fourth player to earn an All-Star spot at 38 or older, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Karl Malone.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Feb. 26. Bryant will look to repeat his performance as the 2011 NBA All-Star Game MVP. Here's a look at the jerseys that will be worn during the game.

For more coverage of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, check out's NBA All-Star Game hub.

Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:07 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

There should not even be an All Star Game. I had forgotten that there was even pro Basketball being played. No player should be rewarded for the NBA's collective abhorrent behavior.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:54 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

It's not Rose's fault, he can't win a game at the end by himself when the Heat throw double teams at him because there was no second option to dish off to.  Deng is good on the wing but he can't create as well on his own.  In case you didn't notice, LeBron has Wade and Bosh to defer to and he doesn't exactly take over at the end of games.  Give D. Rose those two guys and James none of them and it's not even a contest. 

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:02 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Rose shouldn't have even won the MVP last year, he was the weakest MVP in years. If he would have been an MVP he wouldn't have been humiliated by Lebron and Miami in the playoffs last year. He can't beat them this year either. Enjoy that MVP, he will never win another one. Rose isn't even a top 5 NBA player, let alone #1. Maybe top 10. He needs to shoot less, especially at 3s, 31% at 3 pointers is pathetic.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:23 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Paul Peice - Either John Wall or Danny Granger is perform better

 How about Pierce is having a better season than both.

 Pierce at 19 pts 6 assists and 6 rebounds per while shooting 43% and 40% from 3 pt range.

 J Wall is at 17 pts 7 assists 5 rebounds per while shooting 41 % from the field and .067 from 3 awful

 Granger at 19 pts 2 assists 5 rebounds per games while shooting 37 % from field and 34% from 3

Can you  Please explain how Wall or Granger are performING better please?

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:01 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

I would take Rose over any player, regardless of position.
A Bulls fan doing the homer thing, I am shocked at your revelation, shocked I tell ya.....

That being said, I think there is some debate about the top players in the game, Rose should be the PG of choice for most when talking about the top PG in the game right now and he is certainly a top 5 player overall but I wouldn't be so fast to take him over anyone else in my top 5.

I might take that guy who was the difference maker in the Eastern Finals last year including d-ing up Rose at key moments.  I make take that really tall guy that can't make free throws and doesn't know where he wants to play next year other than ruling out where he is playing right now.  I might take that quiet superstar who was the youngest player to ever lead the NBA in socring but as I said Rose is in the discussion, except for homers of course who swear by their player and their player only.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:44 am

Gasol and other snubs

Can't really argue with the West roster.  Dirk is not having an All Star year but the defending champ MVP deserves to be there. Gasol might be elipsed by Aldridge as the best power forward in the West but is on of the best. Ellis, Gay and Lowery all have arguements to deserve a spot.
It goes to show you how much stronger the West is than the East.   

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:04 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

And Rose is 23 years old.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:57 pm

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Rose overrated???? You must not watch basketball. This from a Nuggets fan.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:54 pm

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Sure buddy, I guess everybody overrates him because he's the reigning MVP. Rose sat out the games in which he wasnt needed, thus the record.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:44 pm

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

You're overrating Rose, but then again you're a Chicago fan so that is why. He's not even one of the top guards, put him on a bad team and you would barely hear of him. He never finishes in the top 5 in any statistical category. The Bulls have a better record this year when he doesn't play than when he does.

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