The NBA All-Star Game starters have been announced:
Eastern Conference: Rajon Rondo (Celtics), Dwyane Wade (Heat), LeBron James (Heat), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Kevin Garnett (Celtics)
Western Conference: Chris Paul (Clippers), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Dwight Howard (Lakers)
(Remember, this year’s ballot removed the “center designation,” categorizing all players as “frontcourt” and “backcourt” only. Fans were asked to select two backcourt and three frontcourt players for each conference.)
The fans often catch grief over their selections, which are notorious for favoring big-market, big-name superstars over potentially more deserving alternatives. So how did they do this year? Short answer: not bad at all. Longer answer: keep reading.