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2009-10 All-Star Predictions

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2009-10 All-Star Predictions

I know someone posted this a few days ago, though I do not know if they actually put their predictions down as opposed to a list of players. I was thinking of making this topic a few weeks ago, but had not had the time since I had written down my predictions, but I wanted to give my All-Star predictions, than thought it would be cool to do a team by team run down of either people who I think would make the team or players with legitimate chances. my All-Star predictions are as follows:

Eastern Conference:

C Dwight Howard
PF Kevin Garnett
SF LeBron James
SG Dwyane Wade
PG Gilbert Arenas
C Shaquille O'Neal
PF Chris Bosh
SF Paul Pierce
SG Joe Johnson
SF Danny Granger
PG Devin Harris

Western Conference

C Tim Duncan
PF Amare Stoudemire
SF Carmelo Anthony
SG Kobe Bryant
PG Chris Paul
C Al Jefferson
PF Dirk Nowitzki
SF Kevin Durant
SG Brandon Roy
PG Deron Williams
PG Chauncey Billups
PF Pau Gasol

Eastern Conference Breakdown:

Boston Celtics: This team has to be considered as a favorite or maybe even the favorite in the Eastern conference and have 4 players with legitimate All-Star possibilities (I think it is safe to say that Rasheed Wallace will not have an All-Star year on his new team). KG and Paul Pierce are virtual locks, with KG most likely getting the starter vote. I know many people will go crazy on me for saying this, but I do not think that Rondo will be an All-Star next year. The East is becoming very guard heavy, and honestly I feel that their would be a few points people would take over Rondo (Devin Harris, Derrick Rose, Mo Williams, Jameer Nelson). This is not to say Rondo does not have value, but what I will say is that I expect him to put up numbers more similar to last years regular season rather than the crazy play-off numbers that have people calling him a virtual lock as an All-Star. Rajon may indeed be a better player than someone picked in front of him, but I just think that people will shine over him this year as far as when it comes to choosing the All-Star team. Ray Allen has basically made the team off of the Celtics record and off of reputation, but I have a feeling his All-Star days are over. He is a great player, but their never really was a big 3 in Boston and people know that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are the real major players on Boston. Ray and Rajon both have chances, and should both be close, but I think the Celtics will have two All-Stars come next season.

New Jersey Nets: Devin Harris definitely played well enough last year to make the All-Star team, and with Vince Carter leaving he should have the numbers it takes to make a second appearance. I do not see him as being a lock to make the team, as I honestly believe New Jersey could struggle and that would hurt his likelihood. Not to mention the injury concerns he showed last season, which would decimate the team as a whole. Outside of Devin Harris of course is Brook Lopez, who should have numbers that could even dwarf those of my pick of Shaquille O'Neal. I do expect Brook to improve and he should make some All-Star teams down the line, but I again think the Nets record could put a dent in his chances, not to mention that is Devin Harris makes it and they are a bad team, Brook's chances would fly out the window. Another Net player who has upside is definitely Courtney Lee, but I do not think he will really be in the All-Star conversation next year barring unforeseen improvement to a possible Kevin Martin status (who I did not even choose to make the stacked Western Conference line-up).

New York Knicks: Well, I know I might get backlash, but I do not see a Knick making the All-Star team next year. David Lee would have the best chance and should again be in the discussion if he re-signs with the Knicks, but I think they will be near the bottom of the conference and that their are better forwards than David Lee. If you look at the Knicks, do they really have a player on their team that you would call a top 25-30 player? I guess Lee would be the closest, but I would not him rank him as such. Al Harrington will of course be able to chuck at will, but their is a reason Big Al has never been an All-Star. Wilson Chandler looks solid, but All-Star he is not and Eddy Curry cried about not being an All-Star in 2007, but he has since eaten his way out of being in consideration. The Knicks best chances of making the All-Star team will be in the future, but unless Darko finally lives up to his astronomical potential, no go in 2009-10.

Philadelphia 76ers: Andre Iguodala was probably the last guy off of my Eastern Conference team, and he could definitely make it this next year. Andre has improved greatly since college, where he was just a player with monster potential, and has added to his game and proved many doubters wrong. Not to mention he has led a nice play-off team the past couple years, though it will be very interesting to see how the 76ers fare without Andre Miller at the helm. I am guessing it could be a tough year in Philly, and if point guard is as big an issue as it seems, than Iguodala may have to wait to make his first All-Star appearance. Of course the 76ers do have perennial All-Star and a guy I thought would be a lock last year in Elton Brand, but I think Andre Iguodala is their best chance to have a player in the game and with EB's history of injury and shaky performance from this past season, his All-Star days could be numbered. I would not predict Elton never making the game again, as I still think he is a top 4 in the league, but it just might not happen in Philadelphia.

Toronto Raptors: They will be a much improved team and do have some guys with outside shots to make their first All-Star appearances. Chris Bosh should be a lock barring injury as he has just been super consistent, but Hedo Tukoglu could turn into the leader of the team. Opinions on Hedo are all over the place, from people saying he was made by Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard/Rashard Lewis to people saying he will step up into a perennial All-Star. I always saw potential for Hedo to make a few All-Star teams, even thought he had a good chance last season, and while I think he will put up nice numbers on a middle of the road team, I think he will be left off the All-Star team. Andrea Bargnani could be a definite sleeper, and I do expect improvement, but I think it will still be a couple years before we see him on an All-Star team, but I do think he will be one down the road. Jose Calderon is always a legitimate All-Star contender in the eyes of Raptor fans, but their are quite a few point guards ranked far ahead in the eyes of NBA coaches.

I will continue this later, but I guess this is a start.


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I like your list

Hopefully Arenas can stay healthy. That guy is a scoring machine when healthy.

Al Jefferson better be an all-star. I think Oden and Bynum have a chance to be an all-star next year.

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Here's how I think it will

Here's how I think it will shake out, obviously I'm going out on a limb with a couple of the up and coming big men in the league:

Eastern Conference
PG Devin Harris
PG Gilbert Arenas
PG Derrick Rose
SG Dwyane Wade
SG Andre Iguodala
SF Lebron James
SF Danny Granger
PF Chris Bosh
PF Kevin Garnett
PF Antwan Jamison
C Dwight Howard
C Al Horford

Western Conference

PG Chris Paul
PG Deron Williams
PG Tony Parker
SG Kobe Bryant
SG Brandon Roy
SF Kevin Durant
SF Carmelo Anthony
PF Tim Duncan
PF Amare Stoudemire
PF Dirk Nowitzki
C Al Jefferson
C Greg Oden

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Brooke Lopez

I think if everyone is putting Al Jefferson in the all-star game in the West you have to put Brooke Lopez in the East, the Nets are going to be no worse than the T-Wolves, Jefferson will put up monster numbers next year, but Lopez i bet is around 19 and 10, Al Horford is playing out of position and in my opinion will never make an all-star team playing center, if he can play power forward i think he can, It also wouldn't surprise me if Shaq got in and opted not to play giving Brooke Lopez the second center spot in the East

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Eastern Conference PG Devin

Eastern Conference

PG Devin Harris
PG Gilbert Arenas
PG Derrick Rose
SG Dwyane Wade
SG Andre Iguodala
SF Lebron James
SF Danny Granger
PF Chris Bosh
PF Kevin Garnett
PF Rashard Lewis
C Dwight Howard
C Al Horford

Western Conference

PG Chris Paul
PG Deron Williams
SG Kobe Bryant
SG Brandon Roy
SG OJ Mayo
SF Kevin Durant
SF Carmelo Anthony
PF Tim Duncan
PF Amare Stoudemire
PF Dirk Nowitzki
C Al Jefferson
C Greg Oden

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All-Star Predictions Part II

Chicago Bulls: I think the discussion pretty much ends and begins with Derrick Rose at this point. I truly believe Derrick might start ahead of Arenas, I know I will be voting for him. Regardless of what happened in college, he is an incredible athlete and I do not doubt he could be a special PG. I for one feel that he will be the top point in the league in a couple years, but it still took Chris Paul a couple years before he made his first ASG. Luol Deng to me is injury prone and is a long shot, as many have figured out his game. John Salmons is a nice scorer, but that is about it and I do not see him being All-Star worthy. Tyrus Thomas is a long ways from looking like a future All-Star, and I do not see this being his year. The best possibility besides Rose would likely be Joakim Noah, though I do not think he will improve significantly enough to be an All-Star on an East squad that now has quite a few options. Also, Kirk Hinrich is now out of All-Star consideration barring Derrick Rose' athleticism being given to him in some sort of transfer.

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron is a lock. Shaq on the otherhand, is slightly going out on a limb. Yes, I believe he deserved to make the game last year, and to me was the one bright spot on the Suns very dissapointing season. Not only that, but he was damn entertaining in the actual All-Star Game as well, and I think that has to count for something. I am assuming that he is not going to fall off and barring injury, he will likely get the nod. I think this is more than likely his last season, and to me I still see him as a huge match-up problem for the opposing center. Combine that with Cleveland likely having a strong record, the Big Fella will more than likely get the nod over Brook Lopez next year as he did over Al Jefferson the year before. For those of you that have a problem with this, you may be justified, but call the whambulance. Perrenial All-Stars tend to get the nod, it is only a game and I for one would rather see Shaquille O'Neal play in it than the utterly exciting and magnetic (sarcasm) Brook Lopez. Unless Brook dwarfs Shaq's stats and also barring the Nets becoming actual contenders, Shaq will more than likely beat out Brook. Mo Williams had a nice season last year, but I do not see him making the team as a 3rd banana, especially with other teams having point guards who are probably more deserving than he. I expect Shaq and Bron, and if the rest of the Cavs actually play their role than I also ecpect good things in Cleveland.

Detroit Pistons: To me it seems strange that Tayshaun Prince has yet to make an All-Star team. I think of the Pistons now as pretty much being Rodney Stuckey's team, but Tayshaun could see an increase in role. He has never been utterly spectacular or the face of the franchise, but he was so important and has those nights where he is just a fantastic player. Unless he majorly increases productivity, I do not see him making the squad, though this could be his best chance yet. I believe that Richard Hamilton is probably done as far as being an All-Star, barring his eventually being traded from Detroit, which leads us to Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey is a player I could see being an All-Star a few times down the road. I think he will have major improvements in his game this year with Detroit's infusion of youth, but I think the teams production and win total will suffer, which might mean it could take him a while to make the team. With Ben Gordon coming off the bench for Rip, it seems like his ASG odds are quite low. He will be a key for the team and will still score in bunches, but no ASG appearance. Same goes for Charlie Villanueva, who has lots of potential but just never seems to get it all together to become an elite player.

Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger is the embodiment of an All-Star. He really has improved his game so much and is just a hell of a player. If he had some help his numbers might dip some, but I just see him making a number of All-Star appearances and being a leader for whatever team he is on. He can score in a bevy of ways and is just a great all-around player and Pacers fans should be ecstatic they have him on their otherwise mediocre squad. Roy Hibbert is probably seen by some as a possible option at center, but I see him just being that possible double digit scorer who never really becomes much more than a role guy. Troy Murphy might indeed be a fantasy All-Star, but it is that which makes me hat fantasy basketball. I am not at all saying Troy is a bad player, he is quite solid and has some nice numbers, but I think he is far from a top PF and his athleticism leads to problems when matched against the elite that he just can not make up for. TJ Ford has flashes of brilliance, but again, he is quite a bit behind a number of other points in the East.

Milwaukee Bucks: Their best shot is always Michael Redd, but I just think they will continue to struggle which hurt Redd's chances of making the team next year. He is coming back from an injury and unless he has that 25 PPG and making the Bucks seem like middle of the pack season than his appearance next year is quite doubtful. I expect Brandon Jennings to be an All-Star eventually, but he will struggle this year and if Derrick Rose is not on the team, than that means a snowballs chance in hell for Brandon by comparison (just using Rose as an example, their are other players in the East I could use as well). Andrew Bogut is a choice some may think of, I think not. I think they made the safe pick and have paid for it dearly. Bogut is not to me much of a dissapointment, as he is what they expected, nothing spectacular. He is not a franchise, he is just a solid center who leaves quite a few things to be desired. Combine that with injuries, he seems like a very long shot.

Atlanta Hawks: They have become a team with every starter having All-Star possibility, but at the same time every one of those guys would most likely be that last spot on the roster type thing, besides Joe Johnson. Johnson has made the All-Star team since coming to Atlanta, and since they look to keep themselves in the mid play-off picture he should keep his spot as the team leader. Josh Smith is also a guy with All-Star possiblity, but I just do not think this team will merit having two players. Unless Josh improves his rebounding and gets a more complete offensive game, he should be on the outside looking in. Jamal Crawford and Mike Bibby are two of the better players in the league not to have made the All-Star game, but their best chances seem to likely be far behind them. Al Horford is someone who has been mentioned, but I see him as being drowned out on the offensive end with this team, and his improvement on that end of the court will determine his future All-Star appearances, as he is quite a presence to deal with. Marvin Williams is a guy I thought could be an All-Star by now, but I think that this team will once again be Joe Johnson and the boys, though it seems like it is the best group yet and that they will likely be quite a bit tougher this year come April.

Charlotte Bobcats: I think the discussion here begins and ends with Gerald Wallace. He has become a nice player on both ends of the floor and garners respect from his counterparts, and is considered the leader of this team. However, this position seems to constantly be seen as being quite unspectacular. Do I think things will change this year? Again, no I do not, not even with Larry Brown at the helm. As great of a coach as Larry is, personnel is very important and the Bobcats just do not have much that excites you besides Gerald Wallace. Barring a newly rejuvenated Allen Iverson averages 30 a game or Tyson Chandler morphs into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar like many thought he might, do not see them having a guy in the game. DJ Augustin could have a future, and Raymond Felton was once somewhat of a candidate, but the Bobcats will stay All-Starless as a franchise.

Miami Heat: These guys have Dwyane Wade right? Well, that is one. The others take a lot of dreaming. Michael Beasley has tyhat potential, and should improve vastly as a reliable second option (though you would maybe hope for him as being a third, or in any case having a better third), but he has areas in his game that need improvement, such as his basket defending ability (defense). Jermaine O'Neal seems to show flashes of All-Star Jermaine that we all knew, and the guy can still ball, but he also is awesome at being hurt. I am not saying him being hurt is awesome, it just makes his chance of being an All-Star awesomely bad. They are a middle of the pack team at best, and they will live and die by Dwyane, who will be dead from carrying the team and hoping for more help come 2010-11.

Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard has of course won the fans heart and has cemented his position as the top center in the league. After Dwight, the Magic still have three All-Star possibilities as they did last year. Rashard Lewis really hurt his chances with the PED suspension, not to mention that I believe Vince Carter will cut into his scoring. Jameer Nelson had a fantastic year in 2008-09, but I think that is as high as he goes. He may never get to actually play in an All-Star game, though he will always have the fact he was selected to one. The reason I believe Vince Carter will make the All-Star game once again is due to the fact of how perfect a situation Orlando is for him. Vince has always wanted to play for Orlando, ever since he first came into the league, so it will be a very welcome change. Than you have the fact that Orlando was looking for that real go to guy that could create his own offense, which Vince can do much better than Hedo Turkoglu. Vince will also benefit from having a center like Dwight Howard and a shooter like Lewis to help leave him in solid situations to score a lot of points. I honestly believe he could average around 25 points per game, maybe somewhere in the 22 range, which would be enough combined with their record to make another appearance in the All-Star game.

Washington Wizards: I was very apprehensive about making Gilbert my starting point.Not at all on talent, but on that whole not playing 20 games the past couple seasons thing. I really will be voting for Derrick Rose and think many will follow suit, but it will be hard to beat the established popularity of Agent Zero. If he does not make the game off reputation and gets back to old form, that it is still a definite possibility he could get a spot from the coaches. Still, he might not even be the best candidate on the team, as Caron Butler always seem to be very deserving. I just think their are some small forwards on better teams or with better numbers that take him out. Antawn Jamison again is another possiblity, but again with other players being more deserving. Other than that, play-offs are possible, but more than All-Star highly unlikely.

I will come back with my west synopsis soon.

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East C Dwight Howard (fan

East

C Dwight Howard (fan Vote)
PF Kevin Garnett (fan Vote)
SF LeBron James (fan Vote)
SG Dwyane Wade (fan Vote)
PG D Rose (fan Vote)
Coach Vote:
C Shaquille O'Neal
PF Chris Bosh
SF Paul Pierce
SG Joe Johnson
SF Rashard Lewis
PG Rajon Rondo

Western Conference

C greg Odon (fan Vote)
PF Amare Stoudemire (fan Vote)
SF Carmelo Anthony (fan Vote)
SG Kobe Bryant (fan Vote)
PG Chris Paul (fan Vote)

Coach Vote:
C Al Jefferson
PF Dirk Nowitzki
SF Kevin Durant
SG Brandon Roy
PG Deron Williams
PF Pau Gasol or Paul Milsap

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why do you think there will

why do you think there will be backlash for not seeing a knick on the allstar team?..they dont have a allstar...im sorry sde but theres no way that greg oden will be a allstar even with fan votes..hes not as popular as you seem to think he is. im not sure what makes you think millsap will be on the all star team when hes still gonna be comming off the bench in utah behind boozer and if boozer gets traded he sill wont mae it. 1 main reason is because hes no where near as good as gasol even on his very best night..come on now i thought you were smarter then that

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Knicks

Reason for backlash quincey is because if you had not noticed New York is not only one of the bigger cities in the United States, but also a team a number of people on this board seem to be diehard fans of. I thought you were smarter than that, I guess?

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Millsap was a bubble all-star last season. He very nearly made the team. He has also improved every season that he has been in the NBA he hit a wall last season that came from injuries and fatigue. Boozer or no Boozer he has earned the playing time. Jerry Sloan has assured him.

Now opinions are opinions so if you don't think he has a shot just say so. But calling out someone for having a different opinion of you is rather short-minded. I know you don't care, but you just lost some credibility in my book.

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Millsap is gonna have a hard

Millsap is gonna have a hard time emerging as an allstar at PF in the west. Duncan (if listed at PF), Nowitzki, Stoudemire, Boozer, David West, Pau Gasol and even somebody like Lamarcus Aldridge are going to be hard to leapfrog.

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i say no reason for backlash

i say no reason for backlash because they dont have a allstar..i thought you were smarter than that!!!..reguardless how big the city is everyone knows the closest thing they have to a all star is david lee who isnt a allstar and is best as a third option on a good team

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how was he a boarderline all

how was he a boarderline all star?..Because you say he was? You really think he would have made it over Nowitzki, Stoudemire, Boozer, David West, Pau Gasol Lamarcus Aldridge?..The jazz pay him because boozer wants more then they can afford to give..trust me if boozer would accept the same amount of money that millsap wants then he wouldnt be going anywere. you have definitely lost credibility in my book. And yes i would call out someone who list paul millsap over a second team all nba poward foward who isnt on the downside of his career(paul gasol).

This year’s panel included Paul Coro (Arizona Republic), Ernie Johnson (TNT), Jack McCallum (Sports Illustrated), David Moore (Dallas Morning News), Marc Spears (Boston Globe) and Marc Stein (ESPN.com).

Tim Duncan (SA) 442,203; Amar’e Stoudemire (Pho) 370,470; Carmelo Anthony (Den) 327,233; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 261,952; Pau Gasol (LAL) 260,374; Ron Artest (Hou) 214,063; Bruce Bowen (SA) 121,739; Shane Battier (Hou) 115,981; Josh Howard (Dal) 113,456; Luis Scola (Hou) 82,344; Lamar Odom (LAL) 78,422.

and thats just the fowards..doent include yao ming or bynum who before he got hurt was putting up the good numbers on a very good team

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ok so wait..then i can put

ok so wait..then i can put mike conley over dwill or chris paul on the all star team since its only opinion?..yeah its an opinion but com eon we have to also be realistic..millsap can play but im sorry hes not better then those players listed and he wasnt a boarderline allstar. you see the limit that that blazers were gonna pay for him to come therfe and be a BACK UP pf not the starter.

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millsap

averaged 17 and 10 while filling in for boozer, Millsap was a borderline allstar because half of the espn, tnt and nbatv people predicted him in the allstar game last year. That is a fact. not an opinion!

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