Friday, February 15, 2013

WRD 2013 All-Star Picks

All-Star weekend couldn't have come at a better time for the Golden State Warriors, who started off the season on a tear, but have hit a bit of a road block here in February, losing 5 straight and causing some to wonder whether their first half was a mirage.

So, since we'll be doing a first half review as well as a look towards the second half in our next post, I wanted to use today's post to put together a list of the players that should have composed both the East and West rosters in the upcoming All-Star game.

Eastern Conference

Starters: 
PG Kyrie Irving, Cle. (Simply having best season of any PG from East)
SG Dwayne Wade, Mia. (May be last year as East's top 2-guard with Paul George on the rise)
SF LeBron James, Mia. ( At 27/8/7 per night, playing as well as he's played in his career)
PF Carmelo Anthony, NY (He's led NY's turnaround, and is a serious MVP candidate)
C Brook Lopez, Bkn. (Leading EC centers in scoring, and has become legit defender)

Reserves:
G/F Paul George, Ind. (17.6 points, 8 boards and 4 assists per night)
F/C Chris Bosh, Mia. (17.7 ppg/7.4 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 55% FG)
PG Jrue Holliday, Phi. (19/4/9, 1.5 spg)
SF Paul Pierce, Bos. (18.5/6.5/4.5
F/C Al Horford, Atl. (16/10/3, 54% FG)
G Brandon Jennings, Mil. (18.5 ppg, 6.5 apg, 2 spg)
F Josh Smith, ATL (17.4/8.6/4.1, 2 bpg)

Western Conference

Starters: 
PG Steph Curry, GSW (I'll take his scoring over CP3's assists in an AS game any day)
SG James Harden, Hou. (I like Kobe, but Harden has played the best 2-guard in the league)
SF Kevin Durrant, OKC (Leading league in scoring, probably first half's MVP)
PF LeMarcus Aldridge, Por. (Underrated star, having best year of any western PF)
C Dwight Howard, LA (I know his FT% is rancid, but he's still the premiere man in the middle)

Reserves: 
PG Chris Paul, LAC (Despite me picking Curry, Paul is still the West's all-around top PG)
SG Kobe Bryant, LAL (LA's struggling, but #24 is still at the top of his game) 
F/C Tim Duncan, SA (Minute-for-Minute, there still aren't many big men better)
PG Russell Westbrook, OKC (22 ppg, 8 apg and still not even close to his max potential) 
F David Lee, GS (Carried the W's front-court to a strong in 1st half w/o Bogut)
F/C Blake Griffin, LAC (One of the most explosive front-court guys in the NBA)
SF Danillo Galinari*, Den (Not quite Dirk Jr., but many similar skill-sets)
*Gallinari may be un-available do to illness

These lists were compiled by taking into account a players overall value from scoring and shooting percentage to blocks, steals and turnovers. These are the guys who have been playing the best basketball in both conferences, and we did not look once at the actual list of all-stars when creating this post. For example, Steph Curry didn't even make the team, but when comparing his overall numbers to those of Chris Paul's, he's edged out Paul in every category except assists and field goal percentage. Another thing about the All-Star game is the roster size. I'd like to see that number of reserves go from 7 up to 10 in order to get a couple more guys onto the roster as there are always about 4-5 guys who were plenty deserving that get left off (Curry this year is a prime example of just that)

Anyway, as a Warrior enthusiast, I am glad we finally got one in after all these years, as David Lee got the nod as one of the West's reserves. And as always, fell free to leave your feedback, snubs or even your lists if you'd like in our comments section.

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