The starters for the 2007 NBA All-Star game had already been decided, all that was left was to find out the reserves. Thursday we got those results.
In the Eastern Conference a couple of pairs of teammates made the Eastern All-Stars. The New Jersey Nets’ Jason Kidd is leading the Eastern Conference in assists which landed him a spot on the All-Star team alongside teammate Vince Carter. The Detroit Pistons also have a pair of teammates, Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton, representing them.
The Pacers have undergone many changes in the past couple of years but one thing that remains the same is All-Star Jermaine O’Neal. The Eastern Conference’s reserves are rounded out by two first timers, Orlando’s Dwight Howard and Washington’s Caron Butler.
The Eastern Conference reserves are joined by the starters who were announced last Thursday. Gilbert Arenas of Washington and Miami’s Dwayne Wade will start at guards. Wade’s Heat teammate Shaquille O’Neal will be starting at center and Toronto’s Chris Bosh and Cleveland’s Lebron James will be starting for the Eastern Conference at the Forward positions.
On the other side the Western Conference reserves will look much like the Phoenix Suns lineup. Three of the Suns starters, Steve Nash, Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire will all be attending this year’s All-Star game. Joining Nash and the Suns is his old teammate in Dallas Dirk Nowitzki.
Nash will be joined in the back court by Denver’s Allen Iverson. Iverson probably would’ve gotten enough votes to start if he remained in the same conference all year but since he’s split time in both conferences he didn’t get enough votes in either conference to start. Utah’s Carlos Boozer and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs round out the Western Conference reserves.
The starters voted to the Western Conference team are Houston’s Yao Ming, Los Angeles’ Kobe Bryant, Houston’s Tracy McGrady, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Minnesota’s Kevin Garnet.
Many people are saying the biggest snub this season is Denver forward Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo Anthony is currently leading the NBA in scoring but was somehow absent from the team. Carmelo missed 15 games due to suspension this year and that may have a factor on the decision. The amount of games he missed shouldn’t hurt because after all Shaq has only played a whopping 6 games this season but he’ll be playing in Las Vegas. One would assume that the coaches choosing the team simply had a problem with Carmelo making the team after being suspended for fighting.
There is still a small chance that Carmelo Anthony could make the All-Star team but it’s up to Commissioner David Stern. Stern gets to decide the replacements for injured players and currently Yao Ming will miss the All-Star game and Carlos Boozer might miss the game as well.
The 2007 NBA All-Star game will be on February 18th at 8 p.m. Eastern time and is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. All of the All-Star action can be seen on TNT.
Information for this article was obtained from the Associated Press.