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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.