NBA Roundtable

All-Star Voting

In General NBA on December 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm

The first returns are in … here’s the results

Eastern Conference

Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 649,327; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 533,187; Chris Bosh (Tor) 303,550; Paul Pierce (Bos) 131,379; Josh Smith (Atl) 109,404; Danny Granger (Ind) 100,122; Andre Iguodala (Phi) 75,146; Michael Beasley (Mia) 58,461; Hedo Turkoglu (Tor) 55,416; Rashard Lewis (Orl) 46,073; Luol Deng (Chi) 37,428.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 672,227; Vince Carter (Orl) 292,002; Gilbert Arenas (Was) 212,526; Ray Allen (Bos) 208,276 Derrick Rose (Chi) 196,059; Allen Iverson (Phi) 136,976*; Joe Johnson (Atl) 118,964; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 113,371; Jose Calderon (Tor) 68,084; Mike Bibby (Atl) 48,935.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 625,279; Shaquille O’Neal (Cle) 206,657; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 67,310; Al Horford (Atl) 52,747; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 45,920; Brook Lopez (NJ) 39,420; Jermaine O’Neal (Mia) 38,956; Rasheed Wallace (Bos) 36,855; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 19,408; Brad Miller (Chi) 17,188; Tyson Chandler (Cha) 14,062; Samuel Dalembert, (Phi) 13,969.

Western Conference

Forwards: Carmelo Anthony (Den) 588,958; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 366,300; Pau Gasol (LAL) 280,758; Tim Duncan (SA) 271,321; Kevin Durant (OKC) 177,205; Trevor Ariza (Hou) 168,167; Shawn Marion (Dal) 161,653; Luis Scola (Hou) 134,321; Ron Artest (LAL) 99,209; Lamar Odom (LAL) 85,817; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 70,588.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 692,518; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 281,545; Steve Nash (Pho) 272,135; Chris Paul (NO) 248,049; Jason Kidd (Dal) 207,247; Jason Terry (Dal) 131,422; Aaron Brooks (Hou) 131,167; Chauncey Billups (Den) 112,509; Brandon Roy (Por) 106,416; Deron Williams (Utah) 94,715; Manu Ginobili (SA) 75,392.

Centers: Amar’e Stoudemire (Pho) 447,776; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 299,484; Nene (Den) 90,439; Marc Gasol (Mem) 75,765; Greg Oden (Por) 73,874; Al Jefferson (Min) 48,676; Antonio McDyess (SA) 46,323; Mehmet Okur (Utah) 35,606; Marcus Camby (LAC) 35,471; Andris Biedrins (GS) 28,287; Emeka Okafor (NO) 19,827; Spencer Hawes (Sac) 10,733.

So, that would give us:

EastWade + Vince + LeBron + KG + Dwight
vs

WestKobe + McGrady + Melo + Dirk + Amare

Thoughts

  • I’m continually surprised that Steve Nash doesn’t get more love in these things. An excellent creative passer in a game full of scorers? The engine on one of the league’s funnest teams? How isn’t Nash getting more votes?
  • Tracy McGrady’s name recognition is pretty amazing.

Others

  • The East’s collection of guards looks a little weak. No clear backup center either. I’d be bringing the maximum six forwards if it were my choice.
  • I don’t think Amare deserves to be at the All-Star game. Unfortunately he has 50% more votes than Bynum in second place so it looks like he’ll be a lock for the All-Star game.
  • A lot of deserving guards out in the West. Five of the very best point guards in the NBA in Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Tony Parker, Steve Nash. Then an MVP candidate in Kobe Bryant, an All-NBA performer in Brandon Roy. Then Ginobili … someone deserving is going to get left at home again. This situation becomes even more difficult if McGrady hangs onto that starting All-Star spot.
  • Compounding the problem is there’s also five very deserving forwards — Duncan, Dirk, Gasol, Melo, Durant

My Early Choices

East

  • Guards — Wade + Vince + JJ + (Rondo)
  • Forwards — LeBron + KG + Bosh + Pierce + Josh Smith + Iggy
  • Center — Dwight + (one of several)

Too early to pin down that final spot at center. I’m leaning towards Brook Lopez (19/9/2) and Al Horford (due to Atlanta’s hot start) but that will change by the day. If Bogut stays healthy, plays well, and has Milwaukee in the playoff picture he could become my top choice here.

West

  • Guards — Kobe + Roy + Deron + Paul + McGrady/Nash
  • Forwards — Duncan + Dirk + Gasol + Melo + Durant
  • Center — Amare + Bynum

If Amare didn’t get the voting selection, then I’d rather see Duncan or Gasol start at center and have another guard brought in. That guard would be Chauncey Billups. As for McGrady, if he fell out, Nash would be my first choice replacement at guard. Billups is the second choice replacement.

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  1. Some Tracy McGrady reaction to the voting

    As stunned and appreciative as Tracy McGrady was to find himself on pace to start the All-Star game despite not playing at all this season, he said he will go only if he is playing like an All Star at the time.

    “If I’m back before, let’s say, January, I have a month and a half to go out and play (before the All-Star game),” McGrady said. “Hopefully, I’m playing at an All-Star-caliber level. If I wasn’t playing at an All-Star-caliber level, I won’t play. I think my fans will understand that. But if I’m back playing at an All-Star-caliber level, even if it is just for a month or two, I’d play because I think I owe it to them.”

    Although McGrady was second up until the last balloting last season, he said he was surprised to have received so much support this season despite not playing.

    “I was humbled to know that after what I’ve been through the last year, I still have that many supporters,” McGrady said. “The fans out there — it’s just gratifying and humbling to know you have all these great guards in the West, and I haven’t played a game. I’m speechless, really.”

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