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The Deserving Reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game
Posted By Warren Shaw On Feb 6 2012 @ 6:10 pm In NBA | No Comments
The NBA fans have done a stellar job in picking the All-Star game starters this year. I would have picked Kevin Love to start over Blake Griffin in the West but that is nothing to quibble over. Kudos are still in order for the voters’ worthy selections.
Now comes the hard part where the coaches have to pick the 7 most deserving reserves. The “formula” traditionally forces coaches to pick at least one player from the top tier teams unless another’s numbers are just so grossly obese that they can’t be ignored.
I have never been one in favor of formulas or traditional norms but do understand the argument. I will attempt to toe the line on tradition and those who deserve it with my selections:
Eastern Conference Reserves (in no particular order):
My notable snubs in the East are: Chris Bosh (will almost assuredly be selected), Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao, Joe Johnson, and Brandon Jennings.
On to the West:
My notable Western conference snubs is a who’s who in the NBA: Pau Gasol (probably going to get in maybe over his brother), Dirk Nowitzki (just doesn’t deserve it although he is coming on of late), Al Jefferson, Kyle Lowry (would be a nice story but not this year), Monta Ellis (the Susan Lucci of the West) and Denver Nuggets Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson (Gallo probably makes it as a result of the team’s record but I am not impressed enough to make either a selection)
The official reserves will be announced later in the week. It will be interesting to see how
politics …er tradition plays into this year’s selections.
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