As I said all along, three guards would get in for the West. Chris Paul and Brandon Roy were locks. They are perennial All-Stars on playoff-caliber teams. It would take a terrible year for either of them not to get in.
That left Monta Ellis fighting for one spot with the likes of Utah point guard Deron Williams, Denver point guard Chauncey Billups, and even San Antonio point guard Tony Parker.
Williams got the nod. Ellis did not. So, the last Warriors All-Star is still Latrell Sprewell in 1997.
Yahoo! Sports broke the story this morning, listing all the reserves from both conferences. Here they are:
G Steve Nash, Suns
G Kobe Bryant, Lakers
F Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets
F Tim Duncan, Spurs
C Amar’e Stoudemire, Suns
G Chris Paul, Hornets
G Brandon Roy, Blazers
G Deron Williams, Jazz
F Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks
F Zach Randolph, Grizzlies
F Kevin Durant, Thunder
C Pau Gasol, Lakers
G Allen Iverson, Sixers
G Dwyane Wade, Heat
F LeBron James, Cavaliers
F Kevin Garnett, Celtics
C Dwight Howard, Magic
G Derrick Rose, Bulls
G Rajon Rondo, Celtics
G Joe Johnson, Hawks
F Paul Pierce, Celtics
F Chris Bosh, Raptors
F Gerald Wallace, Bobcats
C Al Horford, Hawks
So, for those keeping score, the teams with multiple All-Stars are:
Celtics (3), Lakers (2), Suns (2 – both starters) and Hawks (2)
I can’t find the argument that gets Ellis in over Williams. Williams had arguably been snubbed the last three years as the catalyst for a playoff regular in the Utah Jazz. But this year, everything fell into place for Williams. Parker and the Spurs are having an uncharacteristically average season. Billups is not as statistically dominant as he was before. The game is in Dallas, his hometown.
Don’t know how close the voting was or not, but I don’t think Ellis stood a chance.
In fact, Ellis doesn’t even top the list of notables who were left off. Yes, he averages 26 points, 5.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds. But his team is 13-31. Other players have a bigger gripe, such as:
Cleveland’s Mo Williams – He is the second-best player on the team with the best record in the NBA
Clippers’ Chris Kaman – He is, right now, the second-best center in the NBA behind Dwight Howard. He is averaging 20.2 points and 9.1 rebounds. But his Clippers are 20-25
Knicks’ David Lee – 19.4 points, 55.4 FG%, 11.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists. I know the Knicks are 18-26. Only Bosh and Dwight Howard have more double-doubles, among East players.
Atlanta’s Josh Smith – Well, maybe not so much. He’s clearly a major factor on both ends (15.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 1.5 steals). But the Hawks already have two players. And Jamal Crawford, Atlanta’s closer in the fourth quarter, is a bigger factor.