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Who should get Kobe’s All-Star spot: Goran Dragic or Anthony Davis?

Feb 3, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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Whatever new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver does, he’s going to make some people angry, while others will say he’s an idiot. (He should get used to it, pretty much everything he does in the big chair will turn out that way.)

Who does he choose for Kobe Bryant’s All-Star spot?

Kobe is still out with a fracture of his knee and will not play in the Feb. 16 All-Star game, where fans had voted him a starter. It is up to the Commissioner to appoint a player to the team to replace him (the coach gets to choose who takes the starting spot, and as that coach is Scott Brooks I would bet it’s James Harden.)

The two most likely candidates: Goran Dragic and Anthony Davis.

Dragic is the point guard who has been a key spark for the surprising Phoenix Suns. He has averaged 20 points a game with a fantastic true shooting percentage of 60.4 percent (his traditional shooting percentage is 50.5 percent) and is dishing out 6.4 assists a game. His relentless pushing of the pace has been at the heart of the Suns strong play. Plus, bringing in Dragic replaces a guard on the roster with another guard.

The Suns are one of the great stories of this season and for them to not have an All-Star representative would be a shame.

And we may well have that shame.

Because not having Anthony Davis in the game representing the host city also would be a shame.

Davis is averaging 20.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and a league-leading 3.3 blocks a game this season for the Pelicans. To show you just how efficient he has been in just his second NBA season, he has a PER of 27.1 — fifth best in the NBA on the season. He has been a monster for the Pelicans, one of the bright spots for a young team still trying to live up to its potential.

(Note: Yes, you can make a good case for Mike Conley and DeMarcus Cousins to get that spot as well. However, both of them seem to be half a step behind Dragic and Davis in the race for the spot, so the Grizzlies and Kings fans can be first in line to call out Silver on his first big decision).

ESPN’s Marc Stein noted over the weekend the momentum seems to be behind Davis getting the spot.

Silver is different than David Stern in style, but not that much in substance — they think alike. Stern understood marketing — having the games bright young stars on the biggest stages, giving the hometown fans what they want. Which is why the signs point toward Davis.

Which is just going to make a lot of people mad at Silver.

  1. gameisours - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    What should we reward: numbers or winning?

    • aboogy123456 - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      I think neither, we should reward the player who is playing the better basketball. Because it is a team sport, that doesn’t necessarily translate to better numbers or more wins.

  2. ufools - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Why wouldn’t you just replace him with the next highest voted person?

    • gameisours - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      That would be Jeremy Lin, so no thanks.

  3. sportsnut101 - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Replace a guard with a guard

    Yes Davis would be great choice. But dragic is having a great season plus they are 11 games over 500 in the tough west. They have better record then warriors Easy choice here. If cp3 doesn’t play then u pick Davis

  4. time4complaints - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Davis will get picked for marketing purposes but it should be Dragic. Dragic is having an amazing season and is the catalyst for the Suns’ remarkable success.

    • ryanrockzzz - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      The problem is a player like Howard, who’s been worse than both Dragic and Davis is playing in the game. I think Davis has to get it based on his crazy number- dudes almost averaging 4 blocks per game. But I wouldn’t hate Dragic going either.

    • Gigantor - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Dont even get me started how that overrated Joe Johnson make it in the East (probably gave the coaches a hummer!) Anyway, I remember Jason Kidd making it over Monta Ellis to replace i believe was Chris Paul. Kidd wasnt even having an All Star season but because the game is in Dallas, Stern selected Kidd which nobody expected. Stupid biased selection, one should give credit where credit is due because the person who was originally snubbed may never have that opportunity. It also lessens the commish’s credibilty in selecting someone for marketing purposes instead of actual accomplishment for the season.

      Both Dragic and Davis are well deserving but Dragic should have the edge by virtue of the fact that his team is virtually playoff bound and has played more games. The West is stacked with AllStar guards and Dragic may never have the opportunity to make it unlike Davis who is going to be a perennial AllStar.

      I think Chris Paul should just sit it out and set aside his ego. The honorable thing to do is to rest his injury and give the chance to have deserving players play instead of him. He’ s already voted in by the coaches, he doesnt need to prove anything.

  5. ihavenonickname - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Davis for sure.

    But I do hope Goran makes an all-star game eventually!

  6. maracineanu16 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Both players are monsters this season, but I hope that Goran will make the all-star game this season

  7. stayhigh_247 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Give it to The Brow, Dragic is a very good player, always has been, but Davis is a game changer, somebody you build around.

    • mickdamill - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      And Dragic isnt?

  8. davidly - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    To see an additional reason to choose Dragic over a local fave, see this thread:
    http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/03/the-extra-pass-what-the-nba-gets-that-the-nfl-doesnt-plus-sundays-recap/

  9. Bryce - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Kobe shouldn’t have been voted in in the first place because he hasn’t had an all-star season.. Would love to see Dragic!

    • kb2408 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Uhh, you do know the fans voted him in and it’s a popularity vote, right?

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      There still would have only been one more space.

  10. kb2408 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    How about Davis or Cousins in and D12 out? It won’t happen because the All-Star gm is a popularity contest. D12 is more popular and well known than Davis or Cousins but they are both better than he is and having better seasons.

  11. irvfin3 - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Tony Parker shouldn’t have been an allstar but instead Dragic should have from the get go then davis replaces Kobe

  12. norcalkingsfan - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Demarcus Cousins please. No one can check the guy.

  13. jimb031 - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    A more appropriate question would have been: Cousins or Davis?

    Davis hands down over Dragic.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      If the All-Star Game were anywhere other than New Orleans Cousins would be in the discussion, but because it’s in NO Davis trumps Cousins in the league’s eyes.

  14. siege13 - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I think that Anthony Davis should take Kobe’s spot

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