I wrote my picks for Eastern Conference All-Star reserves yesterday. Today, I give my choices for the West.
Chris Paul – Paul is a mastermind with the ball. An absolute wiz. The only complaint you could possibly have about Paul on a basketball court is that his team hasn’t won enough. But, really, have you seen their rotation? At 24-20, Paul is absolutely making the most of what he’s given to work with.
Deron Williams – Can we finally get this guy on an All-Star team? If averaging just about 19 points and 10 assists while leading Utah to a somewhat surprising 26-18 record isn’t enough, I don’t know what would be. Over the last three seasons, Williams has averaged at least 16.2 ppg and 9.3 apg, but has never made an All-Star team. Make that change. Please.
Brandon Roy – Roy is smooth, well-rounded, and consistent. He may not dominate the scoring total like some of the other top shooting guards, but he’s a rare shooting guard who can control a game even without putting the ball in the bucket.
Dirk Nowitzki – Dirk is having perhaps the best season of his career, and has been an absolute assassin for Dallas. Really, if he hadn’t already received an undeserved MVP award, Dirk might be considered a candidate for this year’s trophy.
Kevin Durant – Durantula isn’t just scoring at a ridiculous pace… he’s redefining the small forward position. Listed at 6’9″, Durant claims to be 6’11″ and has a wingspan that makes him seem even taller. Have you ever seen a man that tall, that long, and that skilled? Me neither.
Zach Randolph – Hell has officially frozen over; I am voting for Zach Randolph on my All-Star team. I thought pigs would fly before this day was come, but Randolph has changed his ways. Not only has he been productive as usual, but Randolph is now a better passer, more willing defender, and truly someone the emerging Grizzlies rely on. He’s been fantastic this season. Weird, I know.
Chris Kaman – I know, I know. I’m a biased Celtics fan who didn’t vote for Pau Gasol because I’m inherently against all things Lakers. Wrong. I’m the same guy who just wrote a post about Kevin Garnett not being a deserving All-Star. For the same reasons, Gasol shouldn’t be either. He’s only played in 27 of a possible 44 games. In my eyes, that makes him a less willing candidate than Kaman, who’s played 40 games and averaged 20.1 ppg and 9.1 rpg.
Gasol, Rudy Gay, Aaron Brooks, Chauncey Billups