Sunday, January 25, 2009

2009's Should Be All-Star Reserves

As you can see, I went small with both teams and had to get creative with the East roster. Amare is stealing Shaq's all-star spot while there are a bunch of guys who could make a case for AI's guard spot in the East. Besides those two, I really don't have any beef with the starters.

Western Conference

PG – Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs – 20.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 6.6 apg. Quietly, Tony is averaging career high’s in points and assists per game.
SG – Brandon Roy, Portland Trailblazers – 22.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.3 apg. Portland, by far, is the most enjoyable team to watch in the league this year. They’re young, they have depth, they play smart and hard, and Brandon Roy is likely to drop 50 on you if you’re not ready.
SF – Kevin Durant, OKC – 24.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.6 apg. Last I heard he was buried in obscurity somewhere in the mid-west. At least he might have come on TV by now if they were still the Sonics.
PF – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks – 26 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.5 apg. Dirk is still bringing it in Dallas.
C – Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers – 17.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.4 apg. I had to reward the Lakers with a 2nd all-star.
PG – Chauncey Billiups, Denver Nuggets (32 games) – 18.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 6.9 apg. His trade to Denver has changed the fortunes of Denver and Detroit’s season and future.
PF – Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz – 15.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.1 apg. I know Al Jefferson’s numbers are better, but P-Mill gives you a double-double every game he starts and Utah deserves an all-star.

Close Calls: Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves; Shaquille O’Neal, Phoenix Suns; Deron Williams, Utah Jazz; Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets; LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers

Eastern Conference

PG – Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets
– 21.8 ppg, 3 rpg, 6.4 apg. He’s cooled off a bit, but he’s still having a career year and is worthy of the trip to Phoenix.
SG – Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks - 21.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6 apg. Joe is finally getting his due around the league as one of the game’s best players.
SF – Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics - 19.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.7 apg. The Truth is leading the Celtics back to the Eastern Conference Finals, if not the NBA Finals.
PF – Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers – 26.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.4 apg. Had to get the 4th best Small Forward in the league here somehow.
C – Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors – 23.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.6 apg. His team is horrible, but so are the Eastern Conference centers behind Dwight Howard.
PG – Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic – 17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.3 apg. A jump shooter hitting 50% of his FGs. Needless to say, he’s been on a year-long hot streak.
PG – Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers – 16.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4 apg. Had to reward the Cavs with two players and sense Big Z is on the shelf he gets the nod.

Close Calls: Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic; Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic; Ray Allen, Boston Celtics; Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets; Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards; Caron Butler, Washington Wizards

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