The NBA All Star game in Orlando this year is sure to be a circus. Both on and off the court. With Dwight Howard being the unofficial host of the weekend and him wanting out of Orlando there is sure to be a lot of questions about him staying in Orlando or wanting to leave for LA or NJ/Brooklyn. In addition there are some first time all-stars who will be experiencing all of this for the first time. Here are the lineups for both the Eastern and Western Conferences.
Eastern Conference Starters Carmelo Anthony: Forward (New York)
LeBron James: Forward (Miami)
Derrick Rose: Guard (Chicago)
Dwayne Wade: Guard (Miami)
Dwight Howard: Center (Orlando)
Reserves: Chris Bosh F Miami, Luol Deng F Chicago, Roy Hibbert C Indiana, Andre Iguodala F-G Philadelphia, Joe Johnson G Atlanta, Paul Pierce F Boston, Deron Williams G New Jersey
Western Conference Starters:
Kevin Durant: Forward (Oklahoma City)
Blake Griffin: Forward (LA Clippers)
Kobe Bryant: Guard (LA Lakers)
Chris Paul: Guard (LA Clippers)
Andrew Bynum: Center (LA Lakers)
Reserves: LaMarcus Aldridge C Portland, Marc Gasol C Memphis, Kevin Love F Minnesota, Steve Nash G Phoenix, Dirk Nowitzki F Dallas, Tony Parker G San Antonio, Russell Westbrook G Oklahoma City
The starters in the East are no surprise with the exception of Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is not having one of his best seasons averaging only 22.3 ppg and his team is struggling.
In the West, it is all Los Angeles except for Kevin Durant who is having an MVP like season.
The reserves is where the debate begins. Paul Pierce, the only Celtic, was a surprise to many including himself. Pierce was out for the first week of the season and it took him a while to get going. Lately he has been playing like his normal self passing Larry Bird for second on the Celtics all-time scoring list against the Bobcats on Wednesday night.Another Celtic, Rajon Rondo, was left out of the game to the surprise of many. Rondo is one of the best point guards in the game and will be watching the game from home. The bright spot for C’s fans who were hoping to see Rondo take part in the festivities is he and the other Celtics will get much needed rest in this crazy lockout shortened season.
Josh Smith, Power Forward, from the Atlanta Hawks was another all-star snub. Smith averaging 15.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, and carrying the Hawks since C Al Hortford went down for the season was this years biggest snub.
Other snubs include Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers and Louis Williams of the Philadelphia 76’ers who have helped lead their teams to surprising starts to their seasons.
In the Western Conference it is more about who made the team rather then who didn’t. Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash, two future Hall of Famers do not deserve to be all stars this season. The two are not putting up the numbers they use to and their teams are not winning as many games. The two players who i believe should be in the game instead are Monte Ellis of the Golden State Warriors and James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With the lineups set and the game only a couple weeks away, all we can do now is wait for Orlando to open up its city to the greatest players the NBA has to offer.