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2011 NBA All Star Reserves Announced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

For a little over a week basketball experts and fans alike have debated over which elite level players would fill the remaining fourteen 2011 NBA All Star roster spots.  Would Rookie sensation Blake Griffin get the call to play in front of the hometown fans of Los Angeles, would the NBA reward great play over popularity,  which veteran performers would get replaced by the NBA’s new crop of talent, and of course which players would be left on the outside looking in? Once the starters, chosen by NBA fans, were announced for the 60th All Star game the league’s commissioner and coaches have been trying to compile a roster of the leagues most elite talent at every position. Pretty tough job huh? Trying to narrow a list of more than 360 players down to 24 (12 on each team). There is no way that you can ever get it right.

 

Every year you will have fans, media, team personnel, and players griping over being left out. From the fans point of view we just want to see our favorite player(s) participating on one of sport’s biggest stages, the media just wants something to debate about, the teams understand that having All Star caliber athletes on your roster increases the franchise’s over all value, while the players seek the large pay bonuses and accolades that come with an All Star selection.

This years All Star roster reflects the current climate in the NBA. Five of the twenty-four All Stars were born outside the 50 United States of America, the twenty-four players selected come from only 15 different NBA franchises (6 on the Eastern Conference and 9 on the Western Conference), there are three 1st time All Stars which are all from the Western Conference, and twelve of the nineteen players from the U.S on the All Star roster spent 1 year or less (none) on a college roster.

So did they get it right? The answer depends on who you ask. In my opinion Blake Griffin deservingly made the squad, Tim Duncan is the only player on either roster that I feel doesn’t really belong, and Commissioner David Stern did the right thing by replacing Yao Ming with Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Check out the completed 2011 NBA All Star roster below. Who is missing in your opinion?

2011 NBA All Star Rosters:

Western Conference All Stars:

Guard: Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) *

Guard: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) *

Forward: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) *

Forward:  Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) *

Center: Yao Ming (Houston Rockets) *

Forward: Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)

Center: Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers)

Guard: Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Guard: Manu Ginolbili (San Antonio Spurs)

Forward: Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)

Guard: Deron Williams (Utah Jazz)

Forward: Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)

Forward: Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Eastern Conference All Stars:

Point Guard: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) *

Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) *

Small Forward: LeBron James (Miami Heat) *

Power Forward: Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks) *

Center: Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) *

Guard: Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics)

Forward: Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics)

Forward: Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics)

Guard: Ray Allen (Boston Celtics)

Forward: Chris Bosh (Miami Heat)

Center: Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks)

Guard: Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks)

* – All Star Starter

Check Out The 2011 NBA All Star Game – Sunday February 20th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The 60th game of its kind will air on TNT starting at 6:00PM CST.

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