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2009 All-Star Reserves Announced

In General NBA on January 29, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski has the information:

Firstly, the Western Conference

Shaquille O’Neal will make his return to the NBA’s All-Star Game on Feb. 15 in Phoenix, multiple front office sources told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday afternoon.

O’Neal, 36, was one of seven Western reserves chosen by the NBA’s coaches, and will play in the All-Star Game for the hometown Suns. O’Neal had played in 14 consecutive All-Star Games until missing out in 2008.

Yahoo! Sports obtained the rosters, and the West reserves also include the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol, New Orleans Hornets’ David West, Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker, Denver Nuggets’ Chauncey Billups and Portland Trail Blazers’ Brandon Roy.

Secondly, the Eastern Conference

The East reserves include two Orlando Magic, Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis. East coaches also chose the Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce, Atlanta Hawks’ Joe Johnson, Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh, New Jersey Nets’ Devin Harris and Indiana Pacers’ Danny Granger.

So that gives us something along these lines

Eastern Conference

  • Guards – Jameer Nelson
  • Guards – Joe Johnson
  • Forwards – Paul Pierce
  • Forwards – Danny Granger
  • Center – Chris Bosh
  • Random – Devin Harris
  • Random – Rashard Lewis

Western Conference

  • Guards – Chauncey Billups
  • Guards – Brandon Roy
  • Forwards – Dirk Nowitzki
  • Forwards – Pau Gasol
  • Center – Shaquille O’Neal
  • Random – Tony Parker
  • Random – David West

For comparison’s sake, here’s a link to the players I felt warranted selection.

Adrian Wojnarowski also notes that the reserves will be officially named tonight at 7pm by TNT.

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  1. So what do you think about Rashard Lewis and David West? Which many people left off in their all-star rosters.

  2. Hey Travis,

    I’m happy with my previous selections. Those differences (one in the West, three East) with the exception of Danny Granger do not deserve to be All-Stars this season – I’d rather Ilgauskas but I’m fine with this option too.

    David West shouldn’t have made the team ahead of Paul Millsap, Carmelo Anthony, Al Jefferson, or Kevin Durant. He just shouldn’t be there.

    Rashard Lewis is having a very good season for Orlando. I wouldn’t have picked him as an All-Star but at least he’s close. Devin Harris really shouldn’t be there, especially not ahead of his teammate Vince Carter who’s far more important to the Nets.

    The Devin Harris selection bugs me the most, followed by West, then Lewis.

    What about you, what do you think of the Lewis + West selections?

  3. the harris selection is curious considering nelson’s inclusion as well.

    carter should be there for sure, irks me to say it though. rashard was a curious selection, i don’t think i would have made that call.

  4. A couple of choice quotes from Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge on Ray Allen not being selected to the All-Star team

    “That would be a crime,” Rivers said of the possibility. “It really would be. Coaches all over the league talk about sacrificing. Then when you do, and they vote – because this is a coaches’ vote – if they don’t (take that into consideration) … then they are being hypocritical. That means they voted for numbers instead of winning and efficiency.”

    “I have three guys who are willing to sacrifice shots for team play and for wins,” said Rivers, who sends Paul Pierce as a reserve along with starter Kevin Garnett. “Ray has probably done that more than anyone.”

    “I know there is a lot of campaigning for guys who aren’t on winning teams who get numbers,” Rivers said. “I always tell people who make that argument, ‘Well, put Ray in that spot and see how many numbers he gets.’

    Danny Ainge adding

    “Now that he’s having the best season of his career – the most efficient season of his career – this happens?” the Celtics [team stats] executive director of basketball operations asked. “Ray is the most efficient scorer in the league. He’s one of the best wing players in the conference and arguably our best offensive player.

    “I think it’s an interesting thing because the coaches vote on this, and they’re always preaching that you should sacrifice so your team can win. And then they go and pick other players.

    “But Ray cares more about winning than making an All-Star team.”

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