I always take pride in the fact that I am not biased in my writings – even though I am a die-hard Knick fan, I always tell it like it is and am not all “pro-Knicks”. Raymond Felton should have been an all-star. That is the bottom line. Don’t even get me started on the tragedies that occurred in the Western Conference, this article will focus solely on Raymond Felton and how he was snubbed.
I fully expected the four Celtics to make the all-star team and the article where I wrote my predictions for the all-star rosters can be found here: http://www.knicksknightly.com/2011/02/projected-nba-all-stars/. When you take a look at the roster for the Eastern Conference, it seems as though Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks took the last guard spot. His team mate Al Horford is a center and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat took the last spot on the roster. If you look at Raymond Felton’s overall numbers on the season, he is averaging 17.1 points, 8.9 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game and has run Mike D’Antoni’s system extremely well. He is putting up career high statistics in points and assists and should have been rewarded for these outstanding achievements. Joe Johnson, on the other hand, missed 9 games due to an elbow injury and has seen a significant decrease in his numbers this season. He is averaging 20.6 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game this season. If the coaches voted by who has a more well known name, who has a higher (and far more ridiculous) salary, or who has been hotter as of late, then they got it right by picking Johnson over Felton. Johnson averaged 26 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game in the month of January – compared to the 15.5 points, 8.7 assists, and 3.6 rebounds for Felton.
Chris Bosh is an all-star again. That’s terrific – it would be even better if he actually deserved it. We all know that Bosh was a follower and tagged up with superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade this off-season to form the three-headed monster that they have down there in South Beach. The fact of the matter is that I like Chris Bosh and I always did – but let’s face the facts here. Bosh is averaging 18.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season. No, don’t call your optometrist, you read that right – 8.2 rebounds. That’s lovely. I guess when you are fighting for rebounds with the renown “glass cleaners” Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Joel Anthony then they are hard to come by. Oh wait, I forgot about Juwan Howard and Erick Dampier, both of who fought in the Civil War for the United States back in the day. I think that the first time these two played this season, they gave everyone on the court a coughing fit from all the dust that was coming off of their old, unused legs. Chris Bosh is really good, but he is not having an all-star season like the one he had last year, when he averaged 24 points and 10.8 rebounds a game. Look at some of the big men from the Western Conference who did not get in – mainly Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge – their numbers blow his away!
When all is said and done, this article would have done nothing. Even if the coaches in the NBA read this, they can not go back and change their votes for the all-star reserves. I basically used this blog to vent my frustration and anger with the league for how this all played out – not even as a fan of the New York Knicks, but a fan of the NBA in general. Do you think that Raymond Felton should have been an all-star over either Joe Johnson or Chris Bosh?