I know, I know. I admit that this list comes a bit late because the starters for the All-Star weekend are already finalized. Anytime now, the coaches will be picking out the deserving players to go out and play on the All-Star weekend. Screening players in the Western Conference is a difficult task because the West is pretty loaded. But I will still proceed with my personal choices for the All-Star games. Here are my personal choices for the Western All-Stars:
Steve Nash – Nash is without a doubt the best point guard in the Western Conference, possibly in the whole league.
Chris Paul – He is best young floor general in the league. The New Orleans Hornets is 31-12 because of his leadership.
Kobe Bryant – He is the best offensive player in league today.
Allen Iverson – A.I. is playing fantastic basketball with the Denver Nuggets this season. He deserves another run in the All-Stars before his career is over.
Stephen Jackson – The Golden State Warriors is just different without Captain Jack.
Carmelo Anthony – He improved his rebounding this season and continues to play great offensive basketball.
Dirk Nowitzki – The reigning MVP is relatively quiet this season but he still ranks among the best players in the West.
Carlos Boozer – He is a double-double threat on nightly basis.
Tim Duncan – Personally, I think Timmy is a bit boring, but he is still an All-Star material in my book.
Amare Stoudemire – He is averaging 22.7 points, 9 rebounds and over 2 blocks per game, definitely an All-Star material in my opinion.
Yao Ming – Best true center in the West.
Marcus Camby – I want to see this big guy bring his 3.9 blocks per games in the All-Star weekend and swat some of the flashy alley-oops and dunks.
The short listed:
Chris Kaman – The L.A. Clippers are just miserable this season, but Kaman has been dominant by stepping up in the absence of Elton Brand.
Brandon Roy – After leading the Portland Trailblazers to multiple winning streaks, Roy deserves a nod to be in the All-Star games.
Tony Parker – He hasn’t made any significant noise this season, but still remains as one of the premier players in the league.
*Tracy McGrady – are you kidding me? This guy should be called T-Hurt.