My All-Star Ballot: Part II
I agreed with the fans' picks in the East this time around but it wasn't without some serious internal debates. How do I fit in Caron Butler or Antawn Jamison? What about Paul Pierce? Just like there are too many guards in the West, the East is loaded at the forward position. That made for some difficult decisions. One thing for sure, we are going to miss some personality from the event in New Orleans since Gilbert Arenas isn't there to jump off trampolines and Shaquille O'Neal isn't there to be Shaq. Anyway, these are the guys I chose:
Eastern Conference All-Stars
The fans will likely select: Dwyane Wade, Heat, and Jason Kidd, Nets
Who I picked: Wade and Kidd.
This was really tough. I sat at my computer for a while with this one. All that I could conclude was that the guards in the East don't stink, but their teams do. Now that Allen Iverson is in Denver, all the good guards in the East are doing their best imitations of his final days in Philly. And the guards on the good teams in the East don't stink, they just aren't spectacular. I had to go against what I wanted to do (reward winning) and look at the best individual performances. I really wanted to write in somebody like Paul Pierce or Caron Butler since both could play guard, but I stuck with the ballot. Wade is a tad out of shape and still working his way back from off-season surgery, but he gets a pass this season because he has a ring and I blame Pat Riley for that mess in Miami. Wade should get the invite to New Orleans just so he can see what it feels like to be surrounded my some talented teammates again.
As for Kidd, I was debating over him and Chauncey Billups. I thought about Billups because the Pistons have the second-best record in the East, but then I saw that Kidd is almost 1 Â½ rebounds shy of averaging a triple-double this season. I know he has issues with migraines, but when you channel Oscar Robertson, you should be among the stars.
The fans will likely select: Kevin Garnett, Celtics, and LeBron James, Cavaliers
Who I picked: Garnett and James
I really, really wanted to get Caron Butler in here, but I just couldn't. Kevin Garnett has completely changed the fortunes of the Celtics. I know they added Ray Allen, too, this summer, but this team would not have the best record in the NBA, maybe not even the Atlantic Division, if not for the arrival of the most intense, relentless and emotional player in the game today. You can tell that he's elated to no longer be pulling a Wade (i.e. carrying dead weight) in Minnesota. His numbers aren't staggering or mystifying (19.3 points, 9.8 rebounds) like they were when he won the MVP in 2004 (24.2 points, 13.9), but that 33-6 record is something else.
As for LeBron James, the guy has been great. He's leading the NBA in scoring and is averaging career highs in rebounds and assists. No matter what the record says, the Cavaliers are the third-best team in the East right now. They have won 9 of 11 and Bron Bron is plowing over everybody in his path (Get up, Fabricio Oberto! Get up.).
The fans will likely select: Dwight Howard, Magic
Who I picked: Howard
This is a man in need of nickname. Can he hire Shaq to market him or borrow one of his old monikers? How about Wilt Chamberneezy Part Deux? Dwight Fu? The Big Hybrid (He's half-man, half-beast, but former Redskin Sean Taylor already owned the name, "Meast." Plus, since Al Gore has everybody going green, Dwight could be a new age dominant center who can run on Diesel fuel and eletric energy)? Big Baby Jesus Worshipper? I know those stink. Somebody help the man.
He got snubbed twice last season - first when the fans elected Shaq as the all-star starter and again in the Slam Dunk contest when Michael Jordan and his fellow judges refused to give the man his 50 for that ridiculous sticker dunk. But Howard came back with a vengeance this season. He has the Magic in first place, he's leading the league in rebounding (15 per game!), and averaging a career high 22.1 points.
I'll be back with the reserves later this week. I think you know two Wizards who should definitely be in New Orleans.
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