All-Star 2015 is edging nearer as the NBA season is almost over, and we need to pick our squads for the East and the West. The people have been voting for their choices picking some predictable choices and losing out on quite a few good ones. We will know the representatives for the All-Star game soon enough but for now we can only try to deduce the picks going by the trend the fan ballot has taken and the season track records.
The Eastern Conference starting five will be John Wall, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol. Some people are skeptical about Pau but upon a closer look, he actually has a good case at the East. Kevin Love could have been the alternative but his defense has really been costing the Cavs. To add onto that, he does not have any defense to change the minds of those doubting him and is therefore not such a tough cut. Fan ballots work with the track record during the NBA season and less on the potential displayed during other seasons. Chris Bosh, could have been another possible replacement, but he has an injury and so is not much of a pick. He is a tough cut. Gasol’s skeptics should really consider this. Dwayne Wade, on the other hand, has good numbers. In fact, they are good enough to be All-Stars but there are other players who can make better candidates for the spot behind John Wall.
For the reserves Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague and Kyrie Irving are all good choices. Al Horford trumps Derrick Rose though, as a another big is necessary. Kemba Walker is also a great pick judging from his track record the past couple of weeks. A team with Kemba, Wall, Kyrie, Teague and Lowry would be quite something. Some people might consider Korver or Jimmy Butler in place of Kemba – and Butler’s going to be a tough snub should he miss, but he (Walker) remains a good choice. This is a competitive ballot and at the end of the day it might end up going to the league’s best shooter.
In the Western Conference, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry and Kobe Bryant are pegged to be the starting five. The only problem with picking Kobe is that those who are left out by this choice are also really good. Take leaving off Dwight or Klay is a tough cut but it is the price to pay for picking Kobe. The choices are made by popular votes and so the fan ballot picks Kobe who is more famous and – to be honest – a more charismatic choice in comparison to the others. James Harden is another obvious choice as is Kevin Durant who should also be in the All-Star team because he will have played a good number of games by the time of All-Star 2015. Other players in the West include Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Sadly, Mike Conley will probably not make the All- Star team which is really unfair. Players like Dame or Russell. Unfortunately, he exhibits the characteristics of one Derek Harper who was famous for improved scores year after year and never made the team.
It promises to be one helluva game!
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