Thursday, February 3, 2011

TWTWTNBA: Finalizing the Eastern Conference All-Stars

Other than Tracy Morgan's moment (and TNT's subsequent apology), the highlight of last week's pregame was the naming of the All-Stars Starters (which are voted on by the fans) for both conferences.

The Coaches will dictate who will comprise the reserves. Each coach, however, cannot vote for his own players. Now each coach can be creative in designating positions, because there is a need to have at least one "Center" on the roster.

In the East, these are the starters:

Guard - Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)

Guard - Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat)

Forward - Lebron James (Miami Heat)

Forward - Amar'e Stoudemire (New York Knicks)

Center - Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic)

If I were a part of a NBA Coaching Staff, the following would be my choices for the East All-Star Reserves

1 -4. Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics). The Celtics own the best record of the East.

5. Chris Bosh (Miami Heat) - If the four of Boston gets in, the three in South Beach likewise gets in.

6-7. Josh Smith & Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) - J-Smooth deserves to get in at this point. He's been phenomenal.

Close calls:

Big Men: Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers), Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee Bucks)

Guards: Raymond Felton (New York Knicks)

If you notice, only six teams from the East are represented. It is also not a coincidence that those are the same six teams that are the virtual locks to make the playoffs. Just goes to show that the deep gulf still exists in that side of the Association.

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