Thursday, January 21, 2010
Who should be an All Star in 2010? Your boy is here to break it down
Monday was the last day to officially vote for the starters for the 2010 NBA All Star Game. Tonite on TNT, The NBA will announce the starters for the Eastern and Western Conference. The game is always a big deal as it signifies the halfway point to the season. Only once a year will you see so many superstars take the court at one time. This years game will be held at Cowboys Stadium which is probably the best venue to watch any sport. I can only imagine replays of your favorite player making a spectacular play on the jumbo tron in cowboys stadium. Its gonna be sick!
One of the biggest ongoing debates in the NBA is how to select the starters for each team. For years fans have been able to vote for their favorite players to be in the starting lineup. I like this philosophy but now fans have lost control and are voting the wrong people into the starting lineup.
It all started with Yao ming who is from china which happens to have the biggest population of any country in the world. Yao's rookie season the fans (95% Chinese) voted him as a starter when Shaq clearly deserved to be there. Since fan voting is global it was allowed. It has since snowballed to this year where Tracy Mcgrady and Allen Iverson will probably be named starters to the All Star game. Don't get me wrong I'm happy for Mcgrady and Iverson but they don't deserve to be reserves let alone starters in the 2010 All Star game. Both guys have been out with injury most of the year. Mcgrady played in less than 5 games before Houston sent him home with pay as they looked to trade him. Iverson started the season with memphis and complained about playing time so he opted to retire only to unretire a week later and sign with Philly. On the court both players have been average at best but definitely not All Star worthy.
The Coaches and/or GM's need to be given control of picking the complete roster of the All Star game. I would venture to say that they would do a better job of picking players who are worthy of an appearance. I appreciate Stern giving the fans the option to choose the starters but some have become reckless and unknowledgable about the game and its players. Some have become bias to the point that good players are getting left off the team. This has to stop.
The starters will be announced tonite and the reserves sometime the following week. If I'm Picking, the 2010 All Star game would look like this.
West starters - Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitski, Tim Duncan.
West Reserves - Deron William, Steve Nash, Brandon Roy, Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol, and Amare stoudamire
East Starters - Rajon Rondo, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard
East Reserves - Mo Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Antwaun Jamison, and Gerald Wallace.
This group is clearly the cream of the crop and should be representing the NBA as All Stars. I have a funny feeling there will be plenty of snubs in this years game. The Fans are definitely going to mess this up. My only question is how bad.