NBA All-Star Reserves Should Include Four Celtics, Argues Doc Rivers

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers thinks the Eastern Conference's NBA All-Star reserves should include four of his players. It's not surprising that a coach would stump for his own player or players. In fact, Rivers may have the best case of all: Rondo is clearly one of the three best guards in the conference, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are living legends have great seasons for the East's best team and Ray Allen has produced as well as any contender for the second reserve guard spot.

That Rivers happens to be in line to coach the East All-Stars probably helps. The last team to land four All-Stars was the 2006 Detroit Pistons (Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace). Much ado was made about those four playing together in the All-Star Game with Dwyane Wade, who could have been a Piston had Joe Dumars reconsidered his Darko Milicic pick in the 2003 draft.

So who would Doc put in the game with his four All-Stars, should they make it? From WEEI's Mike Petraglia:

"Whoever is closest to free agency just so they can see how it would feel. I think it should happen. It's clear. It'd be nice. You look at the four guys, all of them have really sacrificed their individual numbers for team wins and sometimes that's held against them and I hope it's not in this case."

The East All-Star starter closest to free agency is Magic center Dwight Howard. Bar the doors, Otis.

For more on the C's, check out CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.

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