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When you vote for West All-Star guards, who you going to snub?

Aug 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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When you sit down to fill out your All-Star ballot this year (or you may not sit down, you can do it from your phone while standing) who are you going to select as the starting guards in the West?

Are you going to take Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant, like last year? Smart money is they win the fan vote again. (We will see how Kobe plays post Achilles surgery, but if you think fans are not voting him in I question your logic — you also probably think Ben Affleck was a great choice as the new Batman).

But now you’ve left the coaches (who fill out the roster) with an impossible job.

Who get the three spots as backups? Last year the coaches selected Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, and it’s hard to argue against any of those guys.

But then you are going to snub a number of deserving guys —the West is loaded with quality guards, some of whom will not make the cut and will have a legitimate complaint (something Jeff Caplan was talking about at NBA.com).

At the top of the list is Stephen Curry, who didn’t earn a trip to Houston for the ASG last year and after that “snub” (again, who are you leaving off?) he picked up his game and averaged 26 points a game (up from 21 before the ASG), 7.4 assists a game and shot 46 percent from three. Then he led the Warriors into the second round of the playoffs. He will make the cut this season.

Other guards in the West deserving consideration:

Jrue Holiday was an All-Star last season for the Sixers and he’s now in the West for a Pelicans team that could surprise people.

Ricky Rubio also is a fan favorite, plays with a flair and will lead another team that will surprise some fans if they can stay healthy (Minnesota is a playoff team out West if healthy).

Damian Lillard will warrant votes. The Rookie of the Year averaged 19 points a game and should take a step forward (plus he won’t have to carry as much of he offensive load with Mo Williams and some added doeth all over the Trail Blazers roster.

Ty Lawson is one of the fastest and better point guards in the league, averaging 16.7 points and 6.9 assists a game last season.

Mike Conley has become a solid point guard, one of the better defensive points but a guy who still scored 14.6 points and averaged 6.1 assists a game, orchestrating a Memphis a Grizzlies attack that went all the way to the conference finals.

• Then there is the list of good guards not likely to even sniff making the team: Monta Ellis, Eric Bledsoe, Steve Nash and Klay Thompson. (I’m counting Andre Iguodala as a forward with Golden State.)

Some of those guys are going to have a monster first half of the season and put their names in contention. Then, when they don’t make the cut they will have a legitimate complaint. But there are just not enough spots for all the deserving guys.

  1. legend30 - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, and James Harden.

    • skinsfanwill - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Everyone says Chris Paul is the best point guard in the league but his numbers do not warrant snubbing Steph Curry. to hell with the names, i want the player that is balling out on the all-star team.

  2. steelerfanforlife - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I guess I’ll probably wait and see who’s having the best year so far before I vote. Could we at least play a game before deciding who’s going to an all star snub?

  3. elwaysagenius - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Ben affleck jab, eh

  4. ljl2 - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Obviously, voting based on name recognition is the American way and we don’t need to look at the merit of their seasons!

  5. kchristainsen - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    How can we vote if they haven’t taken a shot yet. This is why all star games are a joke. You just get in by reputation

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 24, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Reputation is based almost solely on PPG. It certainly isn’t a very accurate collection of the best players.

  6. moagecu - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    who are you going to snub*

    • money2long - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      ghostbusters

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        I ain’t afraid of no snub

    • norcalkingsfan - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Thank you. America is dumb enough, Kurt Helin is not helping.

  7. bucrightoff - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    In honour of Chris Paul, the All-Flop Team

    PG: Chris Paul
    SG: Dwyane Wade
    SF: LeBron James
    PF: Blake Griffin
    C: Omer Asik

    6th Man: Manu Ginobli

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      You GOTTA find a way to start Manu on THAT team!! Even if he has to play center! He’s the reincarnation of Vlade Divac, there’s no way he doesn’t start!

      • bucrightoff - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Manu is the super(flopper) sub. If any of the starters are having an off night, you have the sure thing on the bench. Besides this isn’t the all-time flopping team its the current team, and seeing as Ginobli gets half the minutes the rest of them do, they simply have more opportunities to flop.

  8. 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I’m almost guaranteeing that Tony Parker will get the snub. The West’s guard situation is bountiful AF!

  9. ncm42 - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    And can we give the guy who has done a great job of rebuilding his career over the last few years at least a shred of the benefit of the doubt?

    I am a lifelong Batman fanatic, and I am #TeamBatfleck.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Is Ben Affleck really the new Batman (there’s a new Batman??) or was this just an attempt at humor on the writer’s part?

      • legend30 - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Sadly, he will be replacing Christian Bale as the new batman. It was announced two days ago.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Yep, there really is a new Batman, coming out in July of 2015.

        The last Batman movie has already gone over the $1 BILLION dollar amount, only one of something like 17 movies ever (give or take, don’t quote me).

        Some of the movies that have gone over $1 Billion have been out for a long time, esp compared to the last Batman movie.

        So with it grossing that much that quickly there will most definitely be another Batman movie…

      • bucrightoff - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        I’d like to point out most people were not happy when Heath Ledger was announced as the Joker, and I’d say that turned out ok. I’ll reserve judgement until we actually see the movie.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Yeah, I was going to say the same thing. You never know how it’s going to play out. It’s like trying to pick out the All-Stars before a single game is played (KURT).

        Although I will admit, picking Ben Affleck is a VERY curious choice…to me at least. We’ll see how it goes.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        DareDevil was AMAZING!!!!! Give him a shot. Haha.

  10. sellahh - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Listing Jrue first is a joke, even if the order is meaningless. Only reason Jrue made the AllStar team is Rondo and Rose were injured and guess what? West has even more better guards.

  11. philyeagles5 - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    This story is what’s wrong with fan voting. The season hasn’t even started. Who cares?

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