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NBA All-Star Reserves Announced! January 30, 2009

Posted by pacejmiller in Basketball, Indiana Pacers, NBA.
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The reserves for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game (as picked by league coaches) have finally been announced.

Eastern Conference:

F Paul Pierce, BOS
C Chris Bosh, TOR
G Joe Johnson, ATL
F Danny Granger, IND
G Devin Harris, NJ
F Rashard Lewis, ORL
G Jameer Nelson, ORL

Western Conferience:

F Dirk Nowitzki, DAL
F Pau Gasol, LAL
G Chauncey Billups, DEN
G Tony Parker, SA
G Brandon Roy, POR
C Shaquille O’Neal, PHO
F David West, NO

Just to recap, the starters of each conference are:

East: Dwayne Wade, Allen Iverson, Lebron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard

West: Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Amare Stoudemire, Tim Duncan, Yao Ming

Comparing my picks

Well, I’m glad Danny Granger made it, but let’s see how the other selections stacked up against my personal picks

The one selection that shocked a lot of people was David West

The one selection that shocked a lot of people was David West

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In the East, I had omitted Allen Iverson completely (due to his drop off in numbers and Detroit’s performance with him on the team) – but he was selected by the fans.  The other difference was that I didn’t have Jameer Nelson on the squad.  I mean, Orlando’s doing well and all, but to give the Magic 3 All-Stars was a bit too much.  Even though I didn’t select him, I thought Mo Williams (17ppg, 4.1apg) of Cleveland had just as much merit as Nelson (17ppg, 5.4apg), and probably would have picked him ahead of Nelson because Lebron’s the sole representative of the Cavs whereas Orlando already had 2 players on the squad. 

The picks I had that didn’t make it were Vince Carter and Michael Redd, but that was before Redd got injured for the rest of the season.  In hindsight I would have picked Mo Williams or Ray Allen instead (but definitely not Rajon Rondo).

Out West, David West was the only difference compared to my picks.  This was a bit of an odd one because while you can’t say he’s not deserving, there are plenty of other players that at least on paper look like they deserve it more.  Like the guy I picked instead of him, Al Jefferson.  If Danny Granger can make it for Indiana, Al Jefferson should make it for Minnesota.  Although I didn’t pick him, another guy that probably deserved it was Kevin Durant – he really is a scoring machine.  If the Thunder can just get a little bit better then he should be a lock for next season.

My All-Star Game Prediction

I had picked the East to beat the West in a tight one with Dwayne Wade named MVP.  Since the actual teams selected aren’t all that different, I’ll have to stick to my original prediction.  The Eastern Conference to beat the Western Conference by less than 7 points with Dwayne Wade taking out MVP honours (though I would not be surprised to see Dwight Howard win it).  If the West won, the MVP will have to be Chris Paul.  Lock it in.

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1. Matthew Ho - January 31, 2009

hollinger has an interesting analysis on the coach’s reserves voting

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=PERDiem-090130

I dont follow the whole analysis, but the main reason seems to be that certain players got through because the voting was split on other players. For example, coaches had to choose between Ray Allen/Rondo/Wiliams and split the votes. then someone like lewis got through.

I thought Jefferson shoulda got through, but I dont have a problem with Shaq being there. What about Steve Nash? 2 time MVP misses out.

2. pacejmiller - January 31, 2009

Lewis is the second leading scorer on the Magic and has been doing most of his damage under the radar for the majority of the season. But if you just look at his numbers alone and the Magic’s record I think he deserves a spot.

Steve Nash – well, his numbers aren’t down too much but the Suns aren’t going as well as back in his MVP days. It’s all relative. If there was no Chris Paul he’d still be a starter in West I reckon. The media also has a lot to do with it – Nash has hardly been getting any attention at all this year – the focus has been on how badly the Suns are doing under the new system and Shaq’s resurgence (hence the All-Star nod). That’s what I reckon.


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