NBA All-Star Rosters 2011: Drafting the All-Star Teams NHL Fantasy Style

Jon GilbertCorrespondent IIJanuary 28, 2011

NBA All Star Rosters 2011: Drafting the All Star Teams NHL Fantasy Style

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic drives against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter during the game on January 18, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 98-92. NOTE
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    How is Yao Ming an all-star having played only five games this season? A messed up system, that's how. Put the fans in charge of picking the all-stars and it turns into a popularity contest.

    The NHL, on the other hand, has figured out how to do the all-star game right. Two captains will select their teammatespickup game style.

    What if the NBA adopted this method for selecting the all-star teams? We would have more deserving players in the game, that's for sure.

    Who would make the NBA All-Star Game in 2011? Here's my list.

Captains: Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands next to Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 27, 2010 in Los
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    Los Angeles Lakers' G Kobe Bryant

    Kobe is the preeminent player in the NBA. In terms of ability, versatility and experience, he is the best there. It pains me to say that, but I can't deny it. He receives the captain nod, hence, Team Mamba.

    Oklahoma City Thunder F Kevin Durant

    Durant leads the league in scoring at 28.6 points per game. He is breaking into discussions about the best players in the league. He rebounds, plays defense and is the lifeblood of the Thunder. Team Durantula is born.

1st Picks: Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 20: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot past Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks on his way to a game-high 26 points at the United Center on January 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Mave
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    Team Mamba: Chicago Bulls G Derrick Rose.

    We can put a cap on the whole "Who's the Best Point Guard In the NBA" discussion. Rose is as explosive of player as there is in the NBA right now. He could average 30 points per game but backs his own scoring off to distribute the ball and keep the Bulls competitive through major injury.

    Team Durantula: Orlando Magic C Dwight Howard.

    Howard teased us through the first six seasons of his career with supreme athleticism and defense. He always led us to wonder "what if" when it came to his offense. Finally his game is complete. Howard is averaging a career high 22 points per game.

2nd Picks: Pau Gasol and Chris Paul

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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 12:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets looks to shoot against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the New Orleans Arena on November 12, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Lakers won 93-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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    Team Mamba: Los Angeles Lakers F Pau Gasol.

    Team Mamba needs some size and they turn to the most skilled big man in the game today. Dare we say ever? Gasol is close. He can score, rebound, defend and flop with the best of them.

    Team Durantula: New Orleans Hornets G Chris Paul.

    Somebody's got to run the point. Why not CP3, who has serious beef with me calling Derrick Rose the best point guard in the NBA. Quick in the lane and leading the league in steals at 2.62 per game.

3rd Picks: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 01: LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat stand behind a referee during the game against the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Arena on January 1, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The Heat won 114-107. NOTE TO USER: User exp
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    Team Mamba: Miami Heat G LeBron James

    Kobe gets LBJ for his front court. James is the most complete player in the NBA. This means no Bryant/James square-off. But watching them play together would be just as fun.

    Team Durantula: Miami Heat G Dwyane Wade.

    Sorry boys, but you don't get to play together. James and Wade will have to break up temporarily in this fantasy NBA all-star scenario. D-Wade takes the two-guard role for the Durantulas.

4th Picks: Kevin Garnett and Amar'e Stoudemire

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    BOSTON - MARCH 26:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics is unable to nab the loose ball as Amare Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns catches it on March 26, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Suns 117-97. N
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    Team Mamba: Boston Celtics F Kevin Garnett.

    Garnett is still one of the best defenders in the league and is the ultimate glue guy. His numbers aren't off the charts but he does a little bit of everything. Lakers and Celtics unite. Los Angeles and Boston fans aren't sure how to feel about it.

    Team Durantula: New York Knicks F Amar'e Stoudemire.

    Stoudemire is having a career year as the main man for the Knicks. Stoudemire is averaging a career-high 26 points per game to go along with nine rebounds and a career-high 2.7 assists per game.

5th Picks: Blake Griffin and Kevin Love

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends against Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Staples Center on December 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers defeated the
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    Team Mamba: Los Angeles Clippers F/C Blake Griffin.

    Lost in all the highlight reel dunks is that Griffin can play ball. He's averaging 22.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. Griffin is the runaway leader for Rookie of the Year.

    Team Durantula: Minnesota Timberwolves F Kevin Love.

    He's a rebounding machine. Love is leading the NBA with 15.7 rebounds per game. He's also scoring 21.6 points per game. I'd love to watch he and Griffin come in as the sixth men for their teams.

6th Picks: Russell Westbrook and Tim Duncan

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 24:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 24, 2011 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or us
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    Team Mamba: Oklahoma City Thunder G Russell Westbrook.

    Bryant snaps up Durant's running mate. Westbrook is blooming into one of the premier point guards in the NBA. He's fast and has great vision. Wonder how Durantula would feel watching Westbrook lob alley-oops to someone else?

    Team Durantula: San Antonio Spurs F/C Tim Duncan.

    The Big Fundamental continues to produce. The numbers are down, but the brains and experience are at an all-time high. Any team bringing Tim Duncan off the bench has some serious talent.

7th Picks: Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams

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    SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 30:  Deron Williams #8 of the Utah Jazz boxes out Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 30, 2010 in Salt Lake City, U
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    Team Mamba: Denver Nuggets F Carmelo Anthony.

    Strange to think of Anthony as the 15 player taken in this draft, captains included. Anthony is one of the best scorers in the game even in the midst of constant trade rumors.

    Team Durantula: Utah Jazz G Deron Williams.

    Williams' size is rare at point guard. One of the most fun things to watch in basketball is when D-Will posts up a smaller guard and shows him what's up. His crossover is one of the best in the game.

8th Picks: Chris Bosh and Dirk Nowitzki

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    DALLAS - NOVEMBER 27: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots over Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat on November 27, 2010 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an
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    Team Mamba: Miami Heat F Chris Bosh.

    The Heatles get their final all-star in and but tonight he teams up with Kobe and Bron Bron. Bosh has been very effective for the Heat. He's taken on his role as No. 3 very well. He could still use some better defense but an all-star nonetheless.

    Team Durantula: Dallas Mavericks F Dirk Nowitzki.

    The seven-footer still has one of the most reliable mid-range jump shots in the game. He's scoring 23.1 points per game. Without Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, the Mavs aren't close to being a playoff team.

Final Pick: Ray Allen and Monta Ellis

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 28:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors drives against Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on December 28, 2009 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    Team Mamba: Boston Celtics G Ray Allen

    Kobe adds the purest shooter in the game. There's not a better go-and-stop shooter in the NBA coming around two or three screens. Allen is creative with his use of picks and has an exceedingly quick release.

    Team Durantula: Golden State Warriors G Monta Ellis.

    Durant counters Kobe's shooting guard pick with one of his own. Ellis is scoring is averaging 25.8 points per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field. That's pretty good for a two-guard with such a heavy scoring burden.

Who Wins?

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    OKLAHOMA CITY - APRIL 30: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to get past Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2010 at the Ford Center in Ok
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    First of all, we all win. We get the right players in the game. No Yao Ming entries, or Shaquille O'Neal. These are the true all-stars.

    Team Durant wins. If this was an actual pickup game and none of these players had teams to return and played defense then the "W" would belong to Team Mamba with Bryant, Garnett and Gasol. But Team Durant has some of the best scoring in the league.

    Chris Paul dishing to Durant, D-Wade and Stoudemire is fantastic. Dirk comes of the bench for scoring. Duncan and Love come off the bench for defense. Deron Williams provides versatility to the lineup. I would try to get him and Paul on the court at the same time.