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The NBA has announced the starters for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, which takes place February 20 at Staples Center.

Eastern Conference

G Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
G Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
F LeBron James, Miami Heat
F Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks
C Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

Western Conference

G Chris Paul, New Orleans
G Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
F Carmelo Anthony, Denver
F Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
C Yao Ming, Houston


Obviously, Yao will be replaced by someone else, since he's injured.

Hard to argue with most of these, but I'd take Blake Griffin in a cold minute over Carmelo Anthony.



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For the Eastern Conference, all 5 starters are hard to argue against. As for the Western Conference, well, Yao Ming shouldn't have been voted in to begin with (I would replace Ming with Kevin Love).

These would be my reserves for both conferences...

Eastern

Rajon Rondo-G
Joe Johnson-G
Raymond Felton-G
Paul Pierce-F
Josh Smith-F
Carlos Boozer-F
Kevin Garnett-F/C

Western Conference

Russell Westbrook-G
Deron Williams-G
Steve Nash-G
Blake Griffin-F
Paul Millsap-F
Dirk Nowitzki-F
Kevin Love-F/C*
Paul Gasol-C

* = my pick for Yao's starting replacement

There are more people that can be or should be picked but there are a finite amount of people that can go to the mid-season classic
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My picks for reserves...

East

G-Rajon rondo
G-Joe Johnson
F-Paul Pierce
F-Kevin Garnett
C-Al Horford

Wildcard picks: Chris Bosh, Ray Allen

Notable snubs: Josh Smith, Ray Felton, Andrew Bogut


West

C-Pao Gasol (Yao Replacement)

G-Deron Williams
G-Manu Ginobli
F-Dirk Nowitzki
F-Blake Griffin
C-Kevin Love

Wildcard picks: Steve Nash, Russel Westbook

Notable snubs: Tony Parker, Paul Milsap, Tim Duncan



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And here are the official All-Star reserves:

Eastern Conference

G Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
G Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
F Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
F Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
F Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
F Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
C Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks

(Really? You couldn't think of deserving candidates who didn't play for either Boston, Miami or Atlanta?)

Western Conference

G Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
G Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
G Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
F Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
F Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
F Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
F Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

(Good to see Griffin get in there, and a little more diversity with teams in the Western Conference.)

Minnesota's Kevin Love is a notable snub, but David Stern's injury replacement for Yao Ming hasn't been announced yet.



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An NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles and the guy everyone is most excited to see...is a CLIPPER. What were the odds of this happening five years ago? 1000-1? 5000-1?




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    Originally posted by It's False
    An NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles and the guy everyone is most excited to see...is a CLIPPER. What were the odds of this happening five years ago? 1000-1? 5000-1?


Eh, considering the Clippers have been a really bad team and therefore usually get pretty good draft position, I figure it had to happen eventually.

It'll be nice to see, in the coming years, whether Griffin can change the Clippers' fortunes over the long-term.



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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    (Really? You couldn't think of deserving candidates who didn't play for either Boston, Miami or Atlanta?)




If Boozer had played a full season and still put up his 20/10 numbers I could've seen him getting picked and either KG or Bosh getting bumped off the team. Guys like Smith, Felton, Bogut, and Granger have more guys in the conference playing either just as well or better than them at their positions and are on better teams. If you want to put a rule in where X number of players can be picked from a team then you will still have deserving guys getting snubbed.

    Originally posted by BOSsportsfan34
    My picks for reserves...

    East

    G-Rajon rondo
    G-Joe Johnson
    F-Paul Pierce
    F-Kevin Garnett
    C-Al Horford

    Wildcard picks: Chris Bosh, Ray Allen




I wish I had this luck picking Powerball numbers...lol.



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Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves has been named the injury replacement for Yao Ming on the Western Conference All-Star team.

However, this does not automatically entitle him to start. West coach Gregg Popovich will make that determination.

Good pick; he was the biggest obvious snub.



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I can't believe this is the deal Orlando likes the best. I assume some of those crumby contracts will be involved, but Denver, Philly and LA all made out nicely. Orlando didn't even take Gasol, who they could have flipped to somebody.
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