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Your NBA All-Star reserves announced, coaches went safe

Feb 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

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The fans picked the five starters, but this week the coaches voted to name the reserves to the All-Star Game in Orlando.

And the coaches played it safe. They went with the old names they new not the future stars. They went with veteran Joe Johnson and left out Rajon Rondo. They left out Paul Millsap and put in Dirk Nowitzki — who admitted he is not having an All-Star season. They made some good but some safe choices, leaving out guys who deserve the spot. We will have some analysis coming.

Here are the selections

Eastern Conference reserves: Chris Bosh (a must), Joe Johnson, Roy Hibbert (first time, good call as he is the second best five in the East), Paul Pierce (deserved, having great year), Deron Williams (three straight years), Luol Deng (first time), Andre Iguodala (well deserved, need to represent the Sixers).

Starters: Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard.

Rajon Rondo, Josh Smith, Danny Granger, Ray Allen, Tyson Chandler, Kyrie Irving, Greg Monroe, Anderson Varejao, Kevin Garnett, Ryan Anderson.

Western Conference reserves: Kevin Love (a must), LaMarcus Aldridge (first time but also a must), Russell Westbrook (another gimme), Dirk Nowitzki (11th straight All-Star games), Tony Parker (earned it the last week), Steve Nash (um… not loving it), Marc Gasol (first time but a good call as the second best center in the West).

Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum

Snubbed: Paul Millsap, Pau Gasol (not having his best year but still formidable), Kyle Lowry, James Harden, Monta Ellis, Rudy Gay, Ricky Rubio, the entire Denver Nuggets team, which is second in the West but without an All-Star

  1. acdc363 - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    I for one am looking forward to seeing Nash! I don’t get to see him nearly enough on national TV cause his team stinks.

    • justbhouse2 - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      Neither Nash or Deron Williams should be there since their teams are terrible.

      • tcclark - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        That’s not fair. The all-star team is one of the few things in sports where individual achievement should matter most. An All-Star is a PERSON who is playing well, not a team.

      • cchen21 - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        HOW THE HELL DID DERON WILLIAMS MAKE IT??? he doesn’t even play like he gives a sh*t anymore…sigh

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      • sunsbolts7 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        Nash somehow miraculously averaging 10 assists/game with the sorry roster the Suns have is a good enough reason alone that he deserves being selected.

      • Kurt Helin - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:53 AM

        I think that’s what you have to take into consideration with him — he’s putting up big numbers with bad talent around him. Then again, so is Monta.

  2. tcclark - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I’m glad Iguodala made it. he should’ve made it years ago, but i guess it takes your team winning to get the nod.

    Kyle Lowry has to be the biggest snub. I’m sure i’ll get a lot of thumbs down for this, but the guy is quietly putting up some ridiculous numbers. 15-8-6 for a 6ft point guard is ridiculous. Then throw 2 steals on top of that and he’s definitely deserving.

  3. rtratlsports - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Wow no josh smith?? Are you kidding me?!!

    • pudgalvin - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      15 and 8 with an efficiency rating ranking in the 30th range doesn’t do it for me, especially since he’s not any kind of special defender. Plus, who would you take off? Deng and Iggy both put up similar numbers while being the second and third best wing defenders in the league after Lebron, plus, both their teams are better than the Hawks.

      • tcclark - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

        I was with you until you said that Deng and Iggy were worse wing defenders than Lebron. I will admit that Lebron’s D has improved, but Iguodala is on another planet defensively. Take away the Lebron aura and he’s a pretty good defender. Iguodala is elite. He prides himself on the defensive side of the ball. Guys like Tony Allen are elite defenders too, but because of their lack of offense they don’t get the kind of minutes Lebron does.

      • pudgalvin - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        Allright, when Lebron puts his mind to it he’s the best defender. I think if his team asked him to do what the Bulls and Sixers ask Deng and Iggy to do, he’d be the best.

      • pudgalvin - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        I’ll also add that I despise Lebron with every fiber of my being. Not a Heat fan at all.

      • tcclark - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        oh absolutely. if he wanted to and was willing to work on it, he has the athleticism to be an elite wing defender, but you can’t give the guy the title because he has the talent to do it. You have to look at execution and frankly I’d trust Iguodala to shut down Kobe, before I trusted Lebron to do it.

      • noirad - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:00 PM

        only on here where an all star list can turn into an argument about LeBron James.

  4. mjs2012 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    You won’t even list Brandon Jennings in your snubs???

    • pudgalvin - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      There is absolutely no argument to be made that any of those guards come off in favor of Brandon Jennings.

  5. seanb20124 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    No wizards, what the eff

  6. max20characters - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Monta just dropped 50 on OKC and is nearly averging a double-double (Top 5 scorer in the LEAGUE)

  7. tcclark - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    no where near a double double, unless you are counting points and field goals attempted

  8. foodstamp69 - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    The NBA is a joke i understand the bucks r in the bottom of the east. but Brandon Jennings is playing his arse off and should have had a hell of alot more cosideration then he got but ratings is all that matters to the nba so they had to use a bunch of old guys with recognizable names and big superstars. i wont b watching.

  9. dgbk - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    nash is havin a great yr playin next to avg players…. he deserved it over the pgs that were left off

  10. srr1175 - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    All this talk and NO mention of Lou WIlliams??? You’ve got to be kidding me. Take Deron WIlliams from the nets and the team still sucks. A guy who scores a lot on a losing team doesnt make them an all star.

  11. 00maltliquor - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    I HATE “lifetime achievement” selections. (I’m looking straight at you, Dirk!) Garnett a snub!? Who the hell are you kidding!? The biggest snub out east was someone who wasn’t even mentioned. (Branon Jennings) Rudy Gay got robbed.

    If everyone in the media/NBA goes off the premice that players from the best teams get the nod (I don’t agree with it, it’s called an all-star game for a reason), then how the hell does no one get picked from the Nuggets?? Does that rule not apply out west cause if that’s the case, Monta Ellis got snubbed. Dirk really really REALLY shoudn’t be there. but you know who should be?

    Rudy Gay
    Kyle Lowry
    Paul Milsap/ Al Jefferson
    Any one of the Nuggets starting 5! (ok, maybe not EVERY one, but you get the picture)
    Monta Ellis

    All those guys should be over Dirk. Even Pau Gasol this year.

    • xeno75 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Gay has much the same numbers as Dirk and Nowitzki is the reigning finals MVP and the better player…

  12. nickswish33 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    seanb21042 or whatever yeah no wizards is something your gonna see for a long time

  13. mlblogsbig3bosox - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Is this some kind of joke? Nowitzki over Gay? Smh..

  14. goforthanddie - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Tony Parker (earned it the last week)

    Is that like playing hard during a contract year? You turn it on when everybody’s watching? One week does not an All-Star make.

  15. glink123 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Iguodala’s game has really matured this season, which I believe has as much to do with the Sixers being a legitimate contender in the East this year as anything. He’s finally figured out how to control the game without having to lead the team in scoring every night. He’s as close to a complete player the league has seen since Scottie Pippin. He’s good for 16-6-5-2-2 on any given night, and he shuts down the other team’s leading scorer. He’s a better MVP candidate the LeBron, IMHO. Take Iggy off of the Sixers and where would they be?

    • tcclark - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      As a sixers fan, I love the support, but that’s ridiculous. I don’t want this to turn into another argument about Lebron, and trust me I’ve hated the guy since he was in high school, but he is a much better candidate than Iguodala. The whole point of what the sixers are trying to do is play team-oriented basketball. There isn’t one guy that’s carrying the team 9thus no MVP candidate). If you took Iguodala out of the lineup, you’d put Evan Turner in, and they might not even skip a beat. They’d be a little worse defensively and their bench wouldn’t be as strong.

      And honestly, if you look at his numbers, they’re actually the worst they’ve been since 05-06. He’s still putting up good numbers, but he had much more deserving years earlier in his career, he just never got the attention he deserved.

  16. The Baseball Gods - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Not one mention of Tim Duncan not making the all-star game after going to 13 consecutive……Interesting.

  17. mannyicey - Feb 10, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Actually, the biggest snub this year is Josh Smith, period! He’s has been the best Hawks player, hands down this year. The Hawks record is good, they’re winning and their best player stays home? Really???

    To me, you take Josh Smith and leave Joe Johnson at home. Josh deserves it more than Joe does.

  18. florida727 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I know he’s considered a “glue guy”, but Rondo is not a snub. I have a better outside shot than he does, and that’s NOT an exaggeration. I also don’t view Rubio as a snub either. He needs to prove himself more, although there are obviously plenty of examples of deserving first year players making it to the All-Star Game. Just haven’t seen enough of him to be convinced… yet.

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