â†µThe East: Only one big whiff here. LeBron and Wade are MVP candidates, and Dwight Howard's the best big man in the league. Over at Inside the NBA, Gary Payton's claiming that Chris Bosh belongs in over KG; the rest of the crew is knocking him because of Toronto's record, and claiming Garnett can't be as impressive individually because he's got better teammates. Oh, and the Celtics are better. Iverson, though, just doesn't belong there. His presence proves that the fans vote on name recognition. I'd go with Joe Johnson instead, since he's having a career year and has the Hawks finally looking like a legit playoff team. â†µâ†µ
â†µThe West: Kobe Bryant is an utter no-brainer, as is Chris Paul, who thankfully passed Tracy McGrady down the stretch. C-Webb (who is amazing on television) thinks that Shaq has exceeded expectation and kept the Suns alive, and deserves the start over Yao because of that. On the other hand, Yao's stayed healthy all year and clearly taken over in Houston, which is a major leap for him. The real controversy is at the forward slot: Duncan and Amare got the nod, though Melo was having a much-improved season before his injury, and Dirk's having an especially Dirk-like year. But Duncan's still Duncan, and is putting up his best numbers in a while; I'd say Anthony (for whom it's moot) and Nowitzki both probably deserved it over Amare. â†µI'd even put Durant in before him. â†µ
â†µSo stay tuned for the next episode. Payton seemed to think that Al Jefferson should've started over Duncan, which brings up my question of obscure stars on bad teams. â†µâ†µ
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