4. The Other Guys
Last week the NBA announced its starters for the 2016 All-Star Game and while there were some snubs (Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green) made by the fans the coaches picked up the slack. Unlike most seasons where there are plenty of questionable decisions this year the coaches hit on every pick.
Western Conference Reserves
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
Okay so maybe there were some snubs. How does LaMarcus Aldridge make it over Dirk Nowitzki? Not only is Dirk on his way out, he’s playing better than Aldridge who has become a second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio. Damian Lillard gets for the second straight year thanks to the Kobe legacy pick which is fine, but unfortunate.
Eastern Conference Reserves
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
DeMar Derozan, Toronto Raptors
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
The fans completely missed the mark with the Eastern All-Stars, but the coaches cleaned up the mess. Jimmy Butler was a foregone conclusion, but the rest of the roster is filled with deserving talent. The only noticeable snub this year is Kemba Walker, but there is no one on the team that Walker should be in over so he does not have as big a case as Lillard does in the West. As these teams are currently constructed it looks like it will be a competitive game with the East a little deeper, but the West a little better at the top.