The most recent results of the All-Star balloting should have every real basketball fans scratching their heads.
It seems that over the years, the voting has become more of a popularity contest rather than a true barometer of the players' season.
For example, if nothing changes, the starting backcourt for the East would comprise of Dwayne Wade from Miami and Allen Iverson of the 76ers. Wade will be a starter this season, and there is no real discussion in that matter. But in the case of Iverson, there is a problem.
Iverson has played in only 15 games this season and is averaging a career low in points (14.7 PPG) and assists (4.2 APG). The Sixers, though they ended their four-game losing last night against the Hornets, are a disappointing 12-25 and fighting to stay afloat in the East.
Then, there is the issue of Tracy McGrady even being considered for the All-Star team, much less as a starter. McGrady, who has averaged only 7.7 minutes in six games this season, has not played since December 23rd in Orlando and has received permission to seek a trade with a willing suitor. What about his 2009-2010 season thus far, has made him an All-Star caliber player?
I am all for the NBA making an attempt to include the fans in the biggest spectacle of the season, but something needs to be done about this problem. More deserving players are losing out on the chance to be recognized for their play in a given season.
With this in mind, I put together a list of what I think the All-Star rosters should look like. Putting popularity to the side, these are the players are the most deserving this season.
Western Conference All-Stars
PG Steve Nash
Nash leads the league in assists and has the Suns in major contention in the west.
SG Kobe Bryant
The most complete player in the game, this here is a no-brainer.
SF Carmelo Anthony
Melo is having a breakout season and currently leads the league in scoring.
PF Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk is the Mavericks' go-to guy, and he has not disappointed. For a player who shoots a lot of jump shots, he is shooting 47 percent from the field.
C Tim Duncan
Mr. Fundamental is averaging 20 PPG and 10.4 RPG, clearly the right person for the job.
SG Brandon Roy
SF Kevin Durant
PF Zach Randolph
PG Chris Paul
PG Deron Williams
C Chris Kaman
C Amar'e Stoudemire
PG Rajon Rondo
Rondo has proved his critics wrong thus far in leading the Celtics. He is a thief averaging almost three steals a game.
SG Dwayne Wade
Wade continues to thrive in Miami, without a running mate. His 27 PPG is fifth in the NBA right now.
SF Lebron James
James is the closest thing the NBA has to someone who could average a triple-double over a given season.
PF Chris Bosh
Bosh may be the best-scoring big man in the league. His is a mismatch for most big men in the league.
C Dwight Howard
Howard is probably the most dominating force in the paint since Shaq. Leading the league in rebounds and blocks, this spot will be his for years to come.
SF Gerald Wallace
SG Joe Johnson
C David Lee
PF Kevin Garnett
PG Brandon Jennings
PF Antawn Jamison
SF Paul Pierce
Let the talk about All-Star snubs begin . . .