2009 NBA All-Star Balloting has Begun
It is very early in the season, but you can already cast your vote for who you think is worthy of being an NBA All-Star in 2008-2009 NBA season.
Although there hasn't been even 10 games played by any team in the league thus far, there are a few players that have already stuck out amongst the crowd.
Here are my votes for who I think should be considered to play in Phoenix on Sunday, February 15, 2009.
Western Conference All Star Picks
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Brandon Roy, Portland Trailblazers
Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers
Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers
I know, this picks are extremely bias, but after 7 games in which the Lakers are undefeated (only team in the NBA without a loss), it is hard to say that Kobe, Pau and Andrew Bynum aren't the reason for their success in being arguably the best team in the NBA right now.
As for the Aldridge and Brandon Roy, I believe these two will be All-Stars in the NBA from here on out as they continue to improve and impress every single.
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets; Rudy Fernandez, Portland Trailblazers; Al Thorton, Los Angeles Clippers; Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs; Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs; OJ Mayo, Memphis Grizzles
Eastern Conference All-Star Picks
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Even though I think that the West has better all around teams, the East might have the edge with individual talent. In my opinion, plenty of players in the East deserve to be All Stars this season, but the guys above seemed to edge out the rest.
The only pick I really had a tough time making was picking Derrick Rose and not picking small forward Paul Pierce. So far this season Rose has lived up to his #1 pick status over the Heat's Michael Beasely. Pierce on the other hand has not missed a step since winning the NBA Finals MVP last season and definitely deserves to be an All-Star this season.
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics; Michael Beasely, Miami Heat; Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks; Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks; Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors; Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers; Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
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