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Griffin had a super impressive rookie campaign, averaging 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists per game.
Consequently, Griffin earned both the title of Rookie of the Year as well as his first All-Star appearance. It won't be his last, either.
The Clippers are going to be a better team this season, anchored by both Griffin and Eric Gordon. I think Griffin's averages will remain about the same, and he may even have a good chance of starting over Kevin Love.
One thing remains certain: He will be the front-runner to win the Slam Dunk Contest again.
Z-Bo has always averaged great numbers on terrible teams while playing the role as the "great player with bad character."
Seemingly, he has found a home in Memphis, Tenn. where he is adored, and his character issues have been resolved. The Grizzlies were a fan favorite last year in the playoffs, and it was Randolph's play that made them so competitive.
He is a walking double-double, so he will continue those ways next season averaging around 20 points and 11 rebounds a game.
This would only be Randolph's second All-Star appearance (his other coming in 2010), as he was one of the many unfortunate "snubs" last season, but it's hard to argue when the forwards who beat you out are the above-mentioned Griffin, Nowitzki, Love and the soon-to-be-mentioned Pau Gasol.
Like I said earlier in the article, Gasol may be the only "center" candidate that the West can put on its roster, but he's still more of a power forward.
If the Lakers want to make another run at the title, they're going to have to get great play from their two All-Stars: Gasol and Kobe Bryant. Gasol played really well in the regular season, averaging a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds per game, but in the postseason he only averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game.
I expect Gasol to return to form next season, averaging a double-double again while helping the Lakers compete for a top seed in the West.
He may be the only chance the West All-Stars has at stopping—or at least slowing down—Dwight Howard.
Didn't see this one coming, did you? Gay will be the second Grizzly to earn a spot on the Western Conference All-Star roster.
When healthy, Gay is one of the top small forwards in the league, and before his season-ending injury in 2010-2011, Gay was off to his best year yet.
With the emergence of Z-Bo, Marc Gasol's continually better offensive game and Mike Conley's ability to create and score, Gay may take a slight hit in his scoring average. I think he'll still be averaging at least 17 points per game come time for the All-Star break, though.
Gay gets the nod as the last forward on the West's roster due to the lack of small forward presence in the lineup. He and Durant will be able to split time during the game, and Gay will provide size and athleticism to matchup with the East's probable small forward dominated bench.