Tuck: NBA All-Star Game Reserves
The fans chose the starters this year, and did so without any major screw-ups. ?There were no players selected who had been injured all season and China didn't have anyone to vote in either. ?Things worked out. ?So now, time to pick the benches.
STARTERS: Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose
Deron Williams- Easy choice, despite the Nets not being any good.
Rajon Rondo- Helped them stay afloat until Pierce got healthy.
Andre Iguodala- Sixers best player, doing a little bit of everything for them.
Paul Pierce- He has heated up and so have Celtics.
Josh Smith- Has always been talented, but this year his stellar play has allowed Atlanta not to miss a beat even after losing Al Horford.
Chris Bosh- Playing more like he is capable of this season than last.
Amare Stoudamire- The toughest inclusion. ?Despite some of his struggles and his teams, he is still better than the alternatives. ?Helps that he is a big and East is a little short on those.
Missing the cut: Brandon Jennings, Joe Johnson, Ryan Anderson, Greg Monroe, Roy Hibbert, Kyrie Irving
STARTERS: Andrew Bynum, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul
Russell Westbrook- Easy choice enjoying another fantastic year.
Steve Nash- He just keeps doing what he does, even at 37.
Tony Parker- Spurs need to be represented, and his play has been elevated in the absence of Manu Ginobli.
Rudy Gay- Last guy in, helps he plays the wing on a team that has remained competitive despite losing it's best play, Zach Randolph.
Kevin Love- Should have been starting.
LaMarcus Aldridge- Just keeps getting better and better. ?He was omitted last year so Tim Duncan could have one last all-star game. ?Not this year.
Dirk Nowitzki- Struggled some early, but is playing better now, and has earned it through his career and title last year.
Missing the cut: Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Ty Lawson, Monta Ellis, Paul Milsap, Al Jefferson, James Harden