2012 NBA All-Star Reserves Announced February 10, 2012 11:52
Last night the 2012 All-Star reserves were announced by the NBA. The All-Star game is going to be held on the 26th February in Orlando, and the selection of both the All-Star Starters and the reserves has caused a lot of discussion amongst pundits.
The NBA All-Star reserves are chosen by the NBA coaching staff. They're asked to vote for 7 players that they want to see in the All-Star game for particular positions on the court. Coaches are not allowed to vote for players on their own team, but rather select the players in their conference that most deserve to play, based on their current season record, and team wins.
This is how the All-Star reserves shape up for each conference:
Eastern Conference Reserves
The Eastern Conference reserves have definitely kicked up a few question marks this year, but also some solid, deserving choices for 2012 All-Stars. Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat was a complete no-brainer, and will join his team mates, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, on the 26th February in Orlando.
At Basketball Megastore, we're particularly happy to see a first-time appearance for Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls. Deng is a big hope for Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics this year, and he's been red hot for the Bull's this season, helping out all over the court and making his team stronger all-round as a consequence.
Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets seem solid choices as well. The Pacers and 76ers are having great seasons, and while there were a number of potential choices on each team, you can't argue with the players who have made it onto the squad. Williams is the only player in the league averaging at least 20 points and 8 assists, having had 11 double-doubles so far this season. However, William's performance hasn't really propelled his team to anything special so far this season, with the Nets sitting on a poor 8-19.
The real controversy on the Eastern Conference Reserves list comes with Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks, and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics. Upon the announcement of Johnson making it to the All-Star team, there was an instant back-lash of "what about Josh Smith?". Smith has easily been the better player on the Hawks this season, and held the team together when they really needed it. Similarly, Pierce has definitely been having a great run of form in the last 10 games for the Celtics, but players like Rajon Rondo have been playing great all season, so again, the better player may have been overlooked there.
The full Eastern Conference All-Star Team is now shaping up like this:
- Dwight Howard, Orlando
- Derrick Rose, Chicago
- LeBron James, Miami
- Dwayne Wade, Miami
- Carmelo Anthony, New York
- Chris Bosh, Miami
- Luol Deng, Chicago
- Roy Hibbert, Indiana
- Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia
- Joe Johnson, Atlanta
- Paul Pierce, Boston
- Deron Williams, New Jersey
Western Conference Reserves
The Western Conference All-Star reserves look to be a little more solid than that of the East, with a couple of veterans taking to the floor to keep the new-comers in check.
Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, who recently turned 38, lines up alongside the Spurs' Tony Parker, and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks. While Dirk was the 2011 MVP of the NBA Finals, he has had a much slower start to this season, even saying himself that he didn't think this was an All-Star year for him. Parker had hoped to be included in the All-Star squad last year so that he could suit up alongside his fellow Spurs player, Tim Duncan, but missed out on that occasion. While Parker has been included this year, Duncan hasn't made the cut due to limited minutes this season.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder will join his team mate Kevin Durant in the All-Star line-up, and deservedly so. That duo has been tearing it up all season at both ends of the court, and should make for interesting viewing in Orlando.
Kevin Love is also another player that really deserves his place on the All-Star team, although it should have been as a starter, rather than a reserve. Love endlessly puts up killer stats all over the court, but the public voted for Blake Griffin, over Love, for his more flashy type of performance. We would have also loved to have seen Ricky Rubio from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the line-up this year because, as a rookie, he has come onboard and made a huge impact in Minnesota.
The remaining two reserve spots have been taken by Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trailblazers. It was thought that either Love or Aldridge would make the team in a forward spot, but it's nice to see them both lining up for the squad, especially after Aldridge missed out last year. The selection of Marc Gasol has also seen some surprised faces, but only because people more often expect to see his older brother Pau. Marc has been averaging 15.2 points and 10 rebounds a game, and has had 14 double-doubles this season. Oddly enough, that's the exact same number as Pau.
With the reserves in place, the full Western Conference All-Star team now looks like this:
- Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
- Kevin Durant, Oklahoma
- Chris Paul, LA Clippers
- Andrew Bynum, LA Lakers
- Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
- LaMarcus Aldridge, Portand
- Marc Gasol, Memphis
- Kevin Love, Minnesota
- Steve Nash, Phoenix
- Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
- Tony Parker, San Antonio
- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma