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Chris Bosh: Like Your Video, But You’re Not An All-Star

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Updated: January 4, 2008

Everyone is gushing over Chris Bosh’s All-Star campaign videos. It started with attention from bloggers, then ESPN, and now media markets all over are jumping on the band-wagon. But should Bosh really be an All-Star this year? And will the fans ever get it right?

According to common sense (and working within the current flawed voting system for starter — that’s for another post), here is how it should go in the East for the 2008 NBA All-Star game.

Let’s start with the givens, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James will be the starting forwards. KG leads all players with 1,527,963 votes and LBJ is second overall with 1,294,019.

The fans are right here, Garnett and James are putting up great numbers for great teams and they should both start at forward. No arguments.

At center, Dwight Howard is also a lock to start. He’s more than doubled up Shaq’s 2nd place 466,292 votes. Thumbs up to the fans on Howard, thumbs down for Shaq being number two. (Thank god, it’s about time Shaq missed an All-Star game — there is no way the coaches can select him, is there?)

Guards: here is where the fans go bad. It looks like Dwyane Wade is going to get the starting nod. He leads east guards with 777,764; Jason Kidd is second with 559,333. The fact that D-Wade has missed 7 games, has been inconsistent, is averaging 4.5 turnovers per game and his team, the Miami Heat, has the worst record in the east convinces me that D-Wade should be out of the starting lineup, in the least. Vince Carter is about 100 grand behind Kidd, and I don’t see him catching up. And I’m just “okay” with Whitesnake Kidd starting.

Knowing the starters, here is who the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves should be:

1 >> Caron Butler – I’m gonna mention how John Hollinger thought Caron’s ceiling was last year, an All-Star year, by naming Butler to his All-Decline team. Boy was he wrong. Here are Tuff Juice’s per game numbers, with change from last year in parens: PTS: 22.1 (+3.0), STL: 2.2 (+0.1), AST: 4.5 (+0.8), REB: 6.9 (-0.5), FT% 88.1 (+1.8), 3P% 40.0 (+15.0), FG% 49.9 (+3.6). He only goes down in rebounds, probably because Brendan Haywood decided to show up this year. And right now, Butler has made 14 more 3 pointers than he did all of last season. Unquestioned All-Star

2 >> Paul Pierce - He’s playing great, his team is dominating, and most importantly, he has shown a quality of unselfishness to admire because of what he put up with in the past and how he is easily deferring, at times, to KG and Ray Allen now. Paul Peazy always puts up solid rebound (5.4) and assist (4.9) numbers to go along with his 21.5 points per game.

3 >> Chauncey BillupsAre the Pistons really slept on if everyone is jumping on their bandwagon? Same ol’ Chauncey — 17.3 Points, 7.5 Assists, 1.3 Steals, only 2.2 Turnovers — put him in the game.

Here is where it get’s tough. 4 spots left. Billups is a PG and Butler and Pierce are both small forwards who can play the two, Pierce more so than Butler. So, let’s say you need two more big forwards who can get you rebounds, a true multi-purpose swing man and another guard. Note that centers are not even in the discussion after Dwight Howard. Rasheed Wallace is the only one on the ballot who can be in the convo, but I’m grouping him with the big forwards.

Judging by the stats, who do you go with?

Big Forwards:

Player A: 19.7 PTS, 4.0 AST, 6.1 REB, 2.3 3P made per game

Player B: 18.2 PTS, 2.4 AST, 5.2 REB, 2.6 3P made per game

Player C: 21.8 PTS, 1.5 AST, 10.8 REB, 1.7 3P made per game

Player D: 12.6 PTS, 2.0 AST, 7.0 REB, 1.4 3P made per game, 1.4 BLK, 1.3 STL

Player E: 20.3 PTS, 2.2 AST, 9.2 REB, 0 3P made per game, 1.2 BLK

Points aren’t everything, but it easily stands out that two among this group (C & E) are averaging over 20 per game. And one of those two, Player C is averaging 10+ rebounds per game. The only other player I know in the East averaging at least 20 and 10 is Dwight Howard. I’m taking player C — and that player is….Antawn Jamison. We will come back for the 2nd forward.

The Swingers:

Player F: 19.2 PTS, 4.7 AST, 5.7 REB, 1.2 3P made per game, 0.7 BLK, 2.1 STL

Player G: 17.2 PTS, 3.5 AST, 8.1 REB, 3.1 BLK, 1.9 STL

Player H: 24.5 PTS, 2.7 AST, 4.5 REB, 0.4 BLK, 0.9 STL

Player I: 20.1 PTS, 3.1 AST, 5.3 REB, 1.1 3P made per game, 0.9 BLK, 2.1 STL

Player H is immediately eliminated. I like his 24.5 points, but he’s just not filling it up in the other categories like the other players. Good-bye Richard Jefferson.

Among the other three, the Points, Assists, and Steals are pretty close. But look at Player G, he’s averaging 8.1 rebounds AND 3.1 blocks. Let me also add that Player G’s team is above .500 — Player F‘s team is below .500 and Player I‘s team is below .400. I’m taking G.

Josh Smith
, welcome to the All-Star team — Gerald Wallace (Player I) and Andre Igoudala (Player F), we might see ya next year.

The Guards:

Player J: 21.3 PTS, 4.8 AST, 5.4 REB, 1.5 3P made per game, 0.9 STL

Player K: 18.9 PTS, 3.1 AST, 4.0 REB, 2.5 3P made per game, 1.0 STL

Player L: 18.2 PTS, 4.5 AST, 3.3 REB, 0.9 3P made per game, 1.0 STL

Player M: 23.4 PTS, 3.8 AST, 4.9 REB, 1.9 3P made per game, 1.1 STL

Player N: 22.1 PTS, 5.5 AST, 3.8 REB, 1.9 3P made per game, 0.9 STL

Player O: 18.9 PTS, 2.8 AST, 5.1 REB, 2.9 3P made per game, 1.3 STL

Doesn’t get any easier. Ok, I’m going to go ahead and throw out the guard among this group with the worst FG%. Player N is shooting 41.5% this year. And that player would be Joe Johnson. Sorry J-Square, your Hawks are doing well, but you don’t make the cut.

Player O is shooting .435 on FG and his team record is even worse at .367. Sorry Jason Richardson, the NBA is not ready for a Charlotte Bobcat All-Star. Not you nor the inconsistent Raymond Felton, who didn’t even make the first cut.

Ok Celtics fans, let’s get this over with….you already have two All-Stars in KG and Paul Pierce. You have a contender in Bean-Town and should be thanking your lucky stars, with Kevin McHale’s picture in the middle of the largest star. You should not expend energy trying to get all of the Boston 3 Party on the All-Star team…I’m talking to you Tommy Heinsohn. Ray Allen is a nice complimentary piece at this point in his career, but he is not an All-Star, especially when he’s shooting 42.6% from the field – his career worst. Take a seat Player K.

Well…if you throw out Player K, then you have to throw out Player L.

Sure, why not? Player L is Richard Hamilton. And I almost hate to eliminate him since the Pistons are playing so well…..let’s just call him another innocent victim of a balanced offense. Although, Hamilton is leading this group of guards, shooting 49.3% per game. Oh well, everyone can’t be happy. Besides, to me, Hamilton will always be a complimentary piece and not a star.

So who do you take between Player J and Player M? Even though M’s team is not doing too well this year, 12 wins to 19 losses, I’m taking him because he’s a pure left-handed shooter who is putting up a career high in assists and very close to a career high in rebounds. Welcome to the All-Star team Michael Redd. Vince Carter, take a seat.

Once again, Vince Carter is putting up solid numbers. He is even second in FG% among this group of guards with 46.1%. However, I’m tired of a quitter being on the All-Star team.

Here’s your All-Star team so far with one spot left:

Starters:
Dwight Howard
Kevin Garnett
LeBron James
Dwyane Wade
Jason Kidd

Reserves:
Caron Butler
Paul Pierce
Chauncey Billups
Antawn Jamison
Josh Smith
Michael Redd

So let’s go back to the forwards who are left and learn something about them.

Player A: 19.7 PTS, 4.0 AST, 6.1 REB, 2.3 3P made per game

Player B: 18.2 PTS, 2.4 AST, 5.2 REB, 2.6 3P made per game

Player D: 12.6 PTS, 2.0 AST, 7.0 REB, 1.4 3P made per game, 1.4 BLK, 1.3 STL

Player E: 20.3 PTS, 2.2 AST, 9.2 REB, 0 3P made per game, 1.2 BLK

Player D, I’m sorry, but you are going to have to fall victim like Richard Hamilton. Put it this way Rasheed, maybe you’ll have a chance to buy yourself another championship belt at the end of the season.

Player A and B both play on the same team, a division leader that’s 22-12. If you had to eliminate one of them, it would be Player B. Go enjoy your money Rashard Lewis.

So it’s between A and E. By now you’ve figured out that Player A is Hedo Turkoglu and Player E is Chris Bosh. I know what you are thinking. How could I ever put Hedo on the All-Star team over Chris Bosh?

Here is how:

Yes, the Toronto Raptors are doing well. They would have home-court advantage with the 4th seed if the playoffs started today. But the Orlando Magic, they are doing much better. Everyone knows that after making the playoffs last year, the Raptors would be an up and coming team. The Magic…they’ve pretty much come out of nowhere. Howard is a beast — and I had him pinned for a super breakout year, that’s why I selected him in several fantasy drafts. And we know what Rashard Lewis can do. I’m still not sure who is the greatest X-Factor for the Magic this year, Stan Van Gundy or Hedo Turkoglu…but since I’d rather not see Stan Van Ron Jeremy in shorts, Hedo makes the team. He’s been the go-to guy for Orlando, shooting from the outside when needed, with 38.5% from 3-point land. But also being the guy who drives to the basket for a needed bucket in many instances. I’d never thought I’d see the day where Turkoglu had the ball in an iso situation at the end of games.

So, Chris Bosh, your campaign videos have been cute and all, but sorry kiddo, better luck next year.

Your 2008 Eastern Conference All-Stars

Starters:
Dwight Howard
Kevin Garnett
LeBron James
Dwyane Wade
Jason Kidd

Reserves:
Caron Butler
Paul Pierce
Chauncey Billups
Antawn Jamison
Josh Smith
Michael Redd
Hedo Turkoglu


  • Anonymous

    Your nuts, just to let you know that Coaches don’t think that way. Also u have all SF that can’t with the West and they will eat them up, plus there is no way coaches select Players on Bad teams, they usually select from top teams, so if you think Hedo (exception), Redd, Smith, and Jamison are going to be picked before Bosh then your nuts.