The NBA All-Star team starters were announced today with no Brooklyn Nets making the starting lineup. For the east, Rajon Rondo of Boston, Dwyane Wade of Miami, Lebron James of Miami, Carmelo Anthony of Manhattan, and Kevin Garnett of Boston will be on the team. For the west, Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, Chris Paul of the Clippers, Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City, Dwight Howard of the Lakers, and Blake Griffin of the Clippers will start. Of the 10 players, 8 of them come from only 3 different cities: Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles.
The All-Star voting is obviously a flawed process and not all of the best players make the team. Although some of the starters are very deserving, some, like Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard, clearly are not. All-Star voting is a popularity contest, not a contest to find the best basketball players in the NBA.
For the Nets, Deron Williams just missed making the starting lineup, finishing third behind Rondo and Wade. The other two All-Star Nets candidates, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, didn’t finish in the top 10 of the voting.
It is hard to make a case for either Deron Williams or Joe Johnson to make the team. Johnson had a pretty slow start to the season and Deron Williams has been inconsistent all year, although he is playing pretty well right now. The east doesn’t have nearly as many great guards as the west does, so D-Will still has a chance to make the team. However, it would be very surprising to see Joe Johnson make the trip to Houston.
Nets starting center Brook Lopez should make the team. He has probably played better than either Dwight Howard or Kevin Garnett this season and his statistics are very similar to Blake Griffin’s. Lopez is also 5th in the entire NBA in PER, behind only Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony, all All-Star starters.
The NBA will announce the All-Star reserves next week.