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Starter: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett is making his 15th career All-Star Game appearance. This is his 18th season in the league.
KG has been labeled as a player who reached the All-Star roster by virtue of his popularity and not his quality of play. This presents Garnett, the ultimate competitor, with the opportunity to prove the doubters wrong.
Against Dwight Howard, KG will have his hands full. He will be able to space the floor, but we may also witness Garnett battle along the interior.
The Celtics big man is always up for a challenge and this certainly counts as one.
Reserve: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
Chris Bosh will make his eighth career All-Star Game appearance. This comes in his 10th season in the NBA.
Bosh will bring an interesting dynamic to this game, as he can space the floor with his shooting. This should enable him to defend the Western Conference 4's that can spread it out.
Matched up against a bruiser such as Zach Randolph, Bosh has a chance to finally prove he's not "soft." Against veteran Tim Duncan, he can further solidify his star.
This is a big game for Bosh.
Reserve: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Joakim Noah will make his first career All-Star Game appearance. This is his sixth season in the league.
Noah is one of the hardest-working players in the history of the NBA. He hustles on every possession and displays reckless abandon when chasing down anything from a rebound to a loose ball.
Noah will go toe-to-toe with Dwight Howard, which should offer a platform for him to thrive. If he outworks D-12, he may finally earn himself recognition as the NBA's top center.
Reserve: Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler will make his first career All-Star Game appearance in 12 seasons.
For a game that lacks any form of defense, Chandler may be limited in his playing time. Although he's a solid finisher, Chandler will spend a majority of his time attempting to slow down Dwight Howard.
Just don't be surprised to see him with a few alley-oops of his own.
Starter: Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
This selection marks Dwight Howard's seventh career All-Star Game appearance in nine seasons.
Back injury or not, D-12 has been phenomenal from a statistical standpoint. That's what we can expect during the All-Star Game, as Howard will attack the glass and go for flashy finishes.
We know D-12 is a fun-over-ferocity type of player, but this could be a stage for Howard to remind the world of how dominant he is.
Reserve: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan will make his 14th career All-Star Game appearance. This marks Duncan's 16th season in the NBA.
Matched up against Kevin Garnett, we should see a postseason level of intensity from Timmy. The bad blood between the two men should create a determined performance by the four-time NBA champion.
As a former All-Star Game MVP, we know Duncan has it in him.
Advantage: Western Conference