East Coast Divisional All Stars

In little over 5 weeks, the NBA All Star game will take place in the Staples Center of Los Angeles, the fifth such time the game will have taken place at the home of the Lakers. Oh, and the Clippers. With that in mind, yours truly is taking time out of his hectic Cavalier-related schedule to deliver you little dimes of All Star talk from now until the game itself. Today we’re taking an in-depth look at the Eastern Conference; you know the conference that we were once a force in? Yeah, that one. You should know by now that with me things aren’t always conventional when it comes to my opinion on the NBA or how I write about it, so for today’s piece I’ll be giving you my Eastern Conference Divisional All Star Teams. We’ll then be doing the same for the Western Conference, before finalising my decision on both rosters with some help from a few friends no doubt. So without further ado…

Atlantic Division

PG – Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics. No-brainer, dude leads the league in steals and assists and is currently the best player on a team that has four future hall of fame players and four players with over 20,000 career points. I someday hope that he and Blake Griffin join forces; just for kicks. Raymond Felton was close, very close.

SG – Ray Allen, Boston Celtics. One of the game’s greatest shooters is shooting career bests from the field and from three; I don’t have to explain his selection in any further detail thank you very much.

SF – Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics. I tried to give Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala a chance here, but Truth is The Truth is the best small forward not named LeBron James in the Eastern Conference. Great scorer, great facilitator (look at his assists when Rondo went down) and still relishes the big shot (re; Knicks, Madison Square Garden).

PF – Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks. My MVP folks, right here, in a 6’10” nutshell. 26 points, 9 boards and 2 blocks. Oh, and not to mention he is the reason the Garden is buzzing again, no small feat. The fact he has made the Knicks relevant once more is a testament to the guy who people feared would fade away without Steve Nash.

C – Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics. I know he’s really a power forward, but how many years have we seen Duncan or Gasol play in a different spot? Exactly. Plus, KG is responsible for the meanest team defense in all of the NBA. I’m pretty sure that even though him and Amare hate one another, the mutual respect would get them through it.

Reserves

G – Raymond Felton, New York Knicks

G – DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors

F – Wilson Chandler, New York Knicks

F – Elton Brand, Philadelphia 76ers

C – Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors

C – Shaquille O’Neal, Boston Celtics

G – Landry Fields (this kid impresses the crap out of me), New York Knicks

Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni, New York Knicks

Central Division

PG – Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls. After his rookie season, we knew he’d be special. After his second season, we knew he’d be a potential great. Right now, if he keeps going the way he’s going, after Michael Jordan people will associate the Chicago Bulls with Derrick Rose. That’s how good this boy is and will continue to be. He has it all and when he puts it together it’s a sight to behold.

SG – Brandon Rush, Indiana Pacers. I went with Rush over John Salmons because he’s an all round better player and his shooting numbers are better than Salmons, who at times has a green light in Milwaukee. This position in the Central Division isn’t the best being honest, and I don’t know if Boobie deserved this spot due to our record.

SF – Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls. Deng is averaging 18 points and 6 rebounds. Danny Granger is averaging 21 points and 6 rebounds. Chicago has won 25 games; Indiana 14. You tell me, who should I have chosen?

PF – Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls.
20 points and 10 rebounds a night with the Bulls, who are 16-6 with him in the line-up by the way. They haven’t even missed a beat since Noah went down, Boozer being a major reason why. Even if he a back-stabbing rat, he’s one hell of a player.

C – Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers. Call me biased; call me what you like he’s been better than I thought he would on a terrible team. Plus, I hate Joakim Noah more than every other NBA player bar one; we all know who that one is.

Reserves

G – Daniel Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers

G – Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks

F – Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers

F – Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls

C – Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks

G – Rodney Stuckey, Detroit Pistons

C – Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

Head Coach; Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls

Southeast Division

PG – John Wall, Washington Wizards. Just as good (if not better) than we thought he would be, he now has the keys to the Wizards franchise. He’s breathtakingly quick, gets into the paint for fun and has a knack of making crappy players a lot less crappy. And he’s still a rookie…frightening.

SG – Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat. 25 points, 4 rebounds and since December has been on another planet to us mere mortals. I hate the Heat, I think everybody does, but I love me some Dwyane Wade. I think everybody does.

SF – LeBron James, Miami Heat. (insert a whole lot of expletives here) He’s still the best player alive, I’m sorry but he is. It’s like when you break up with your girlfriend, try to convince yourself she’s not hot anymore then you see her and you cry a little bit when you get home. That’s the way it is between us and him, the (insert a whole lot of expletives here).

PF – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat. I thought he was a total bust, then he remembered that he is in possession of one of the most unique skill sets any big man has ever possessed and went on a tear. It’s no coincidence the Heat started to kick ass when he started to kick ass too.

C – Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic. After the playoffs this year, I’ll finally have my answer about Dwight Howard. Is he content on just being a very, very good NBA center, or does he want to be the most dominant player in basketball. Howard to me is still the biggest match up nightmare in the NBA, and if he realises that and plays like that with this new team around him (by far the most talented he has had since he arrived in Orlando) Orlando could very well win the whole damn thing you know.

Reserves

G – Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic

G – Stephen Jackson, Charlotte Bobcats

F – Brandon Bass, Orlando Magic

F – Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks

C – Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks

G – Jason Richardson, Orlando Magic

G – Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks

Head Coach; Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

Cavs

Just a few things on the game against the Suns and the games against the Fakers tonight; we destroyed Phoenix on fastbreak scoring, a sign the Suns have now moved away from that style forever; JJ Hickson had himself a mans game the other night, can he keep it up one wonders; Manny Harris you may just have made Cavaliers fans smile; we should really stop taking three’s and worry about free throws; we were in this game, on the road, without Andy, right up until the 4th quarter where we just faded away. Those were the positives; I’m not dealing with the negatives anymore because we have enough people doing that for us all over the Internet…

Against the Fakers tonight, we need to do some things in order to stay competitive; make sure Kobe takes a lot of shots to get his points; make them beat you either inside or outside, do not let them kill you with both; get in their faces, make them get edgy and they’ll shake, trust me; run, run and run some more – these Lakers can’t handle the open court game. Other than that, sit tight Cavs fans this could get bumpy…GO CAVS!!

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