January 30, 2009

2009 NBA All-Stars Named: What's with the East?

The NBA has released the complete roster for the 2009 All-Star Game in Phoenix. Here's the lineups (starters are in bold):


  • Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
  • Allen Iverson, Detroit Pistons
  • Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
  • Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
  • Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
  • Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks
  • Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers
  • Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets
  • Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic
  • Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic


  • Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
  • Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns
  • Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
  • Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Chauncey Billups, Denver Nuggets
  • Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
  • Brandon Roy, Portland Trailblazers
  • Shaquille O'Neal, Phoenix Suns
  • David West, New Orleans Hornets

I've made my All-Star predictions before on the lineups and I was able to predict 5 out of the 7 for the West Team (71%) and 4 out of 7 for the East (57%). I'm pretty much OK with the coaches' selection in the West, as I realized Carmelo Anthony was injured and Shaquille O'neal  had a better over-all first half than Andrew Bynum (although Bynum is playing much better lately). My only beef is the number of games Shaq has missed this season-- perhaps its a move to bring drama into the games with Phil Jackson coaching Shaq again.

On the East, it's a totally different matter: I don't think Rashard Lewis is an All-Star. I also question the coaches' selection of Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors and Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers-- they are putting up good numbers on very bad teams, and their numbers are play are inflated because of the lack of talent surrounding them.

Oh well, you gotta love the controversy the All-Star selections stir up every year.

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