Building the Best 2014 NBA All-Star Game Roster
Best All-Star Game Roster
On Thursday, the NBA announced the starters for the East and West teams in the Feb. 16 All-Star Game.
The West will counter with Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant from the Los Angeles Lakers, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers and Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
These are certainly not bad starting lineups; I think I could win coaching one of these teams. That's not to say they're perfect.
If we are putting together a list of the best players from this season, how can anybody reasonably say that Bryant has earned his spot on this team with all the time he has missed?
That's what this list is for. These are the twelve players that would make up the best team, not necessarily the twelve best players.
These players are amongst the best performers of the 2013-14 season, and career performances are not taken into consideration. Where they play is not a factor either; this is taking the best players from both conferences. NBA should adopt the NHL way of doing things with a player draft for the All-Star Game which would make the conferences meaningless in real life as well.
Players No. 12 through No. 6 are in no particular order and are grouped by their position. Players No. 5 through No. 1 are put into their starting position. The No. 1 player is not the best player in the league this year, but he is the starting point guard.
Let's get to the list.
Wade and Bryant, two of the starting guards in real life, do not deserve to be in the All-Star Game.
Both of these guys have missed too much time, and they are taking spots away from more deserving players.
They both have had great careers and are future Hall of Famers, but time has caught up to them and they are not deserving players of this honor.
12. Kyrie Irving
Irving has been the best player for the Cavaliers all year long. He's averaged 21 points and six assists, he's the best young point guard in the league and he's ready to be a star now.
11. Stephen Curry
Curry is another one of the league's best young guards. He was a big part of Golden State's playoff run last year, and he has helped them continue their winning ways this year.
10. John Wall
John Wall of the Washington Wizards rounds out the core of guards coming off the bench. The amount of young guards that this league has is insane, and they are in a position to have plenty of marketable stars before long.
9. Carmelo Anthony
Anthony is not having a great year, yet he still is averaging 27 points a game and he's thrown nine rebounds on top of it as he has added that to his game.
8. Blake Griffin
Griffin has been putting up almost 23 points a game as he has been improving his mid-range jumper to go along with all the highlight reel dunks. His work at power forward has added 10 rebounds a game for the Clippers.
7. LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge from the Portland Trail Blazers has almost 25 points a game and almost 12 rebounds. He's the best true power forward in the game.
6. Al Jefferson
Al Jefferson brings almost 19 points and just over 10 rebounds to a vastly improving Charlotte Bobcats team.
5. DeMarcus Cousins
On to the starting five.
DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings is starting at center. He averages almost 23 points and almost 12 rebounds.
4. LeBron James
James is the best all-around player in basketball. In fact, he may just be the best player who ever lived. With just over 26 points, over six assists and just under seven rebounds, James is the most well-rounded player in the game. Though he may not be a true power forward, his big frame allows him to handle the physicality of that position.
3. Kevin Durant
Durant is the best scorer in the game; no longer is that title held by Bryant. Durant is the only player in the league averaging at least 30 points a game -- he has 31. His performance becomes even more impressive when you consider that Russell Westbrook has been out with an injury.
2. James Harden
Durant's former teammate, James Harden of the Houston Rockets comes in as the two-guard. He leads all guards with just under 24 points a game.
1. Chris Paul
Chris Paul of the Clippers starts at point guard. He's the best point guard in the league. He's got just under 20 points a game and just over 11 assists. No other player even has 10.