Eastern Conference Starters
Derrick Rose has played great this year. He’s definitely the best point guard in the Eastern Conference without a doubt. He’s scored over 700 total points to this point in the season and is finally being dubbed as the face of the Bulls’ franchise.
SG Dwayne Wade (Heat)
Well, he’s Dwayne Wade. He’s played like Dwayne Wade, scoring over 1,000 points already. Only four other players can say that.
My current pick for the NBA’s MVP award. There is absolutely no reason why he shouldn’t be playing in this game.
The best power forward in the Eastern Conference. His team might not be all that great but Chris Bosh remains one of the NBA’s elite players.
C David Lee (Knicks)
An up and coming great player. He’s the best player on the Knicks less-than-stellar team. He’s playing like the best center in the NBA, scoring over 700 points already.
PG Rodney Stuckey (Pistons)
One of the few lights on the Pistons. He’s playing pretty well for a team that’s falling right before our eyes.
SG Stephen Jackson (Bobcats)
Not a bad pick up for the Bobcats earlier this season. Ever since he’s gotten to Charlotte, he’s played very well. I can only name about five other shooting guards that are playing better than Jackson right now.
SF Gerald Wallace (Bobcats)
He’s the second-best small forward in the Eastern Conference behind that one guy in Cleveland who wears number 23.
PF Al Harrington (Knicks)
Most of the elite power forwards come from the Western Conference, but Al Harrington and Chris Bosh are the top two at their position in the East. I considered Antwan Jamison for this spot too, but Harrington just caught my eye a little more.
C Brook Lopez (Nets)
For such a young guy, he’s carried what’s left of the strong load the Nets have given him. The season is a total loss for New Jersey, but Brook Lopez is still playing like one of the top centers in the NBA. Only David Lee is the only center that has scored more points than Lopez this season.
SG Joe Johnson (Hawks)
The Hawks have been playing well this whole season. So what better way to reward their hard work than putting their best player in the All-Star Game. He’s also one of the most underrated players in the league.
PG Mo Williams (Cavaliers)
I honestly would’ve put Gilbert Arenas as the final guy, but I’m sure his situation pretty much takes him out of any extra NBA activities.
Western Conference All-Stars
PG Steve Nash (Suns)
He’s been the best point guard in the league for years. I mean c’mon…
I really shouldn’t have to explain why he’s on my All-Star list.
SF Kevin Durant (Thunder)
The future of the NBA. For a guy with no muscles, he’s awesome!
PF Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)
The All-Star Game is in Dallas this year and Dirk is awesome so you really don’t any reasons other than those two.
C Tim Duncan (Spurs)
I’m a Dallas Mavericks fan, but I got to give credit where it’s due. He’s not getting any younger but he’s still pretty good at playing this game.
PG Aaron Brooks (Rockets)
If it weren’t for Steve Nash, I would definitely have him as a starter. He’s turning into one of the NBA’s elite point guards along with Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans.
SG Monta Ellis (Warriors)
Not the biggest guy in the world, but this guy is playing well and is arguably the third-best shooting guard in the NBA, only to those other guys named Bryant and D-Wade.
It was a close call to decide if I’d rather have him or Kevin Durant as the starter for the West at the SG position, but ‘Melo at one point was my favorite to win the MVP award. He certainly deserves to be an All-Star.
PF Amare Stoudemire (Suns)
Amare has gotten the job done this year. He’s scored over 850 points already and is taking some of the load off Steve Nash. He’s played like the third-best power forward in the league.
C Chris Kaman (Clippers)
Only five centers can say that they’ve scored over 700 points this season, and Chris Kaman is one of them. It was a close call between him and Al Jefferson.
SG Brandon Roy (Blazers)
He’s the face of the Blazers now. He’s scored over 900 points this year already. He’s absolutely solid. Probably the third-best shooting guard in the West.
PF Zach Randolph (Grizzlies)
He barely squeezed into my list. He’s had a great start to the season. He’s already scored 800 points and is turning back into the tough elite power forward that he once was earlier in his career.
Notable Players not on my All-Star Rosters:
Andre Iguodala (76ers)
Andrea Bargnani (Raptors)
Brandon Jennings (Bucks)
Antawn Jamison (Wizards)
Luol Deng (Bulls)
Jamal Crawford (Hawks)
Michael Beasley (Heat)
Caron Butler (Wizards)
Ray Allen (Celtics)
Carlos Boozer (Jazz)
Rudy Gay (Grizzlies)
Corey Maggette (Warriors)
Deron Williams (Jazz)
Tyreke Evans (Kings)
O.J. Mayo (Grizzlies)
Al Jefferson (Timberwolves)
David West (Hornets)
Jason Terry (Mavericks)
Russell Westbrook (Thunder)
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