The All-Star game format works like this: first the starters from each conference are selected by the fans, the top two vote receivers for guards and forwards will be starting and the top center in each conference will also start during the All-star game.
Then the reserves are selected by NBA head coaches who cannot select their own players. The reserves will be made up of three guards, three forwards and one center. In case of injury, the NBA league office gets to decide who fills in.
Andrea Bargnani is playing as a forward this season and has virtually no chance to compete with LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony for a starting spot on the team, but he might be able to win coaches over with a reserve role. Amar'e Stoudemire and Chris Bosh might be locks to make it again, but would some of our more traditional veterans really gain more votes than a primed Bargnani?
Boston's Kevin Garnett is struggling so far this season averaging only 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds, while his teammate Paul Pierce is averaging only 14 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field.
Other obstacles that may stand in Bargnani's way could be Danny Granger, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer or Josh Smith, since each player will likely be playing on a better team than Bargnani, but each player has their own flaws.
Danny Granger is only shooting 34 percent from the field and his scoring average of 17 points is the lowest we've seen in four years.
Luol Deng is great, but he doesn't carry a team, rather he holds the image of a great role player.
Meanwhile. both Boozer and Smith are seeing career-lows in scoring, minus their rookie seasons.
There's also injury.
In the last five seasons, a total of 13 players had to be replaced due to injuries (including Iverson who missed the 2010 game due to "personal reasons").
That's nearly three additional players every year that become All-Stars.
Therefor, even if Bargnani isn't a top-four forward in the East, he could still make the team if a forward (Stoudemire?) is unable to play.
Last but not least, in 2008 Chris Bosh was selected as the All-Star center reserve despite being named a forward on the ballot.
Pau Gasol was also selected as the reserve center in 2009 despite being categorized as a forward on the All-star ballot.
Andrea Bargnani has spent a few years playing center and this exception could also be stretched out to his favor.
Overall, Bargnani is a very talented player and his rivals are currently lagging behind. After analyzing the rules and history behind All-Star game selections, I have no doubt that this Bargnani can make the team.