West Coast All-Star Starting Five
Chris Paul – The only thing stopping Chris Paul from being the league’s best point guard is his knee bruise: sidelining him for a few games. He ought to be fine in a month’s time for the biggest exhibition game on earth.
Kobe Bryant – Ko-Bean’s numbers remain high but LA’s W-L record stays well under .500. Let’s all clap for Bryant getting his 15th straight ASG bid (as well as being the top vote-getter again). I can’t sit here and say James Harden is the best 2 guard in the West. I tried, though.
Kevin Durant – Here’s another no-brainer. Kevin’s scoring efficiency and defensive prowess are on the rise and, scarily enough, he still has room to grow.
Blake Griffin – Perhaps there’s an unwritten rule stating teams with top records need two selections. Yet Blake’s arguably not even the second best player on his team. He’s a starter by virtue of his athleticism, YouTube track record, commercials and not much else.
Dwight Howard – Name and (old) highlight recognition probably locked Howard in by fan vote. Recovery from back surgery and his ill fit place in LA’s offense makes his seventh straight ASG appearance eyebrow-raising. Funny how a 5 gets into the starting in the first year the center rule gets dropped. What’s funnier is Tim Duncan fans are probably tight as hell over their boy getting snubbed. Meanwhile, there’s little doubt Timmy doesn’t care about missing the starting five.