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Picking the NBA All-Star Game Reserves

Posted By Warren Shaw On Jan 22 2013 @ 11:32 am In NBA | Comments Disabled

The NBA All Star starters were named last week and for the most part the fans did a decent job of selecting the players who deserved to be there. It’s a flawed system so perfection can’t be expected.

While the fans may have let biases cloud their decisions on a few players who will start, the coaches will try to fill out each roster in democratic and deserving fashion.

Or at least so we hope.

In the meantime I offer my picks for the reserves on each roster without (too much) bias.

Picks for the Eastern Conference Reserves

Jrue Holiday: 19.2ppg, 8.9ast, 4.1rebs, & 1.5stls

Brandon Jennings: 18.6ppg,5.8ast,3.6rebs, & 2stls

Paul George: 17.2ppg, 7.8rebs, 3.8ast, & 1.7stls

Josh Smith: 16.3ppg, 8.2rebs, 3.8ast, & 2.2blks

Tyson Chandler: 12.2ppg, 11rebs,1blk & 67% shooting

Brook Lopez: 18.5ppg, 7.4rebs, 2.1blks, & 52% shooting

Joakim Noah: 12.2ppg, 10.7rebs, 4ast, & 2.1blks

Notable snubs: Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Monta Ellis, JR Smith, and Deron Williams

Analysis: Holiday, George, and Chandler are no brainers as selections while the rest have a lot to do with their contributions to playoff contending teams. Irving might be worth of a selection over Jennings but with his team in the Central’s basement it just doesn’t feel right.


Picks for the Western Conference Reserves

Russell Westbrook: 23ppg,8.3ast, 5.3rebs, 2stls

Tony Parker: 19.7ppg, 7.3ast, 2.9rebs, & 52% shooting

James Harden: 25.9ppg, 5.4ast, 4.5rebs, & 1.9stls

Tim Duncan: 17.5ppg, 9.8rebs, 2.8ast, 2.7blks

Zach Randolph: 16.2ppg, 11.6rebs, 1.3ast, .8stls

David Lee: 19.6ppg, 10.8rebs, 3.7ast, & 52% shooting

LaMarcus Aldridge:20.5ppg, 8.9rebs, 2.5ast, & 1.3blks

Notable snubs: Marc Gasol, Greivis Vasquez, Serge Ibaka, Steph Curry, Al Jefferson, Andre Iguodala, Ty Lawson, and Jamal Crawford

Analysis: The West is just more talented and deeper than the East. Westbrook and Harden seem to be the only no brainers. The Spurs and Warriors need representation and its possible only one player from each will make it but I still chose Parker and Duncan from San Antonio and opted for Lee over Curry on Golden State. Aldridge sneaks in over Jefferson and I flip flopped multiple times on that selection especially with Utah having the better record currently. The Nuggets are a top team but they are too team orientated to give one player the nod over another on their roster.


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