JACK LContributor IJanuary 30, 2009

First off congrats to those all stars who have been voted to this year's All Star weekend in Phoenix. The rosters are as listed:


G Dwyane Wade, MIA*
G Allen Iverson, DET*
F Dwight Howard, ORL*
F LeBron James, CLE*
C Kevin Garnett, BOS*
F Paul Pierce, BOS
C Chris Bosh, TOR
G Joe Johnson, ATL
F Danny Granger, IND
G Devin Harris, NJ
F Rashard Lewis, ORL

G Jameer Nelson, ORL



G Chris Paul, NO*
G Kobe Bryant, LAL*
F Tim Duncan, SA*
F Amare Stoudemire, PHO*
C Yao Ming, HOU*
F Dirk Nowitzki, DAL
F Pau Gasol, LAL
G Chauncey Billups, DEN
G Tony Parker, SA
G Brandon Roy, POR
C Shaquille O'Neal, PHO

F David West, NO

A very controversial aspect in this year's All Star Weekend is the several players who have been left off the rosters. Although the rosters look accurate, guys like Allen Iverson, Amare Stoudemire, David West, Rashard Lewis and maybe even Tony Parker, have taken the spots of Al Jefferson, Deron Williams, David Lee, and (I can't believe I'm saying this) Vince Carter.


Al Jefferson

Al J is currently putting up 23 and 10.5 boards per. Simply outrageous especially when he plays in the Western conference against guys like Shaq, Yao Ming, and the twin towers in LA. Although one might say he plays for a crappy team, therefore, his stats show nothing. Well first of all he can't be blamed for tearing it up on a bad team it's not like I'm saying he should be MVP. Secondly, Al's wolves have 16 wins and are one of the hottest teams in the new year, as well as the last 10 games (7-3).


Deron Williams

The kid is simply great, and currently ranking second in the league in assists with 10.2 behind is buddy CP3. DWILL also puts up 16 points per for the struggling, yet good Utah Jazz. The Jazz lost Boozer early in the season, which then left the way for Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur and Paul Millsap. I am truly shocked, as well as happy for the Jazz to seem them strong in the playoff race, and that reason is because of their leader—Deron Williams.


David Lee

Lee has transcended all expectations for an undersized center picked 30th out of Florida. David Lee is currently leading this New York surge back to the playoffs. Leading the league in double doubles—hold on.

One more time, you must've not heard me—DAVID LEE LEADS THE LEAGUE IN DOUBLE DOUBLES WITH 33.

Ahead of the most voted player in the league Dwight Howard. So, why shouldn't Lee get the trip to Phoenix? The Knicks are now enjoying to watch, as well as impressive while taking down powerhouses like New Orleabs, Phoenix, Boston, and Houiston. No Knick had made the AS team since '01. It would bring great joy to the greatest city in the world if their undersized, hardworking, underrated, league leader in DD would be worthy of a reserve spot.


Vince Carter

Lastly, Vincanity. I truly hate the guy, but he is putting up great numbers for a team that was predicted to go absolutely nowhere (including Brooklyn). However, Carter is showing a new side of his game alongside his partner in crime, Devin Harris. Carter is putting up 21.5, 5, 5 this season, and yes one of those 5's is in assists—it blew me away as well. Well, it is clear the Nets are slumping, but perhaps a Net to the All Star Game would have been nice to see for a declining franchise.


Thanks for your time and I wait for your feedback.

Yours Truly,



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