Thursday, January 31, 2008

Rosters For The 2008 NBA All-Star Game Has Been Revealed

2008 NBA All-Stars
Rosters for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, to be played Feb 17 in New Orleans. (x-starter; reserves were named Thursday):
Player, Pos.Team
Chauncey Billups, GDetroit
Chris Bosh, FToronto
Caron Butler, GWashington
x-Kevin Garnett, FBoston
Richard Hamilton, GDetroit
x-Dwight Howard, FOrlando
x-LeBron James, FCleveland
Antawn Jamison, FWashington
Joe Johnson, GAtlanta
x-Jason Kidd, GNew Jersey
Paul Pierce, FBoston
x-Dwyane Wade, GMiami
x-Carmelo Anthony, FDenver
Carlos Boozer, FUtah
x-Kobe Bryant, GLA Lakers
x-Tim Duncan, FSan Antonio
x-Allen Iverson, GDenver
x-Yao Ming, CHouston
Steve Nash, GPhoenix
Dirk Nowitzki, FDallas
Chris Paul, GNew Orleans
Brandon Roy, GPortland
Amare Stoudemire, FPhoenix
David West, FNew Orleans
--Chris Paul and David West were picked for their first All-Star Game Thursday night, giving the hometown Hornets a pair of players for the event New Orleans will host next month.

--Boston will only send two of its Big Three to the Big Easy. Paul Pierce was voted in by Eastern Conference head coaches to join starter Kevin Garnett, but Ray Allen fell short.

--The Pistons' Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton are headed back for the third straight year.

--Toronto's Chris Bosh and Atlanta guard Joe Johnson were the other players picked for the East, which will be coached by Boston's Doc Rivers. Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, the reigning NBA MVP, Utah's Carlos Boozer and Portland guard Brandon Roy were selected from the West.

--Missing out during the worst season of his career was Shaquille O'Neal, ending his streak of 14 consecutive All-Star selections. That tied the record held by Jerry West and Karl Malone.

--Garnett, LeBron James, Orlando's Dwight Howard, New Jersey's Jason Kidd and Miami's Dwyane Wade were voted by fans to start for the East. The West starters are Denver's Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, San Antonio forward Tim Duncan and Houston center Yao Ming.

--Predictions?? Well, from looking at these rosters, I really would have a hard time if I had to bet on this game. The Eastern and Western rosters are fully stacked with the top guys, but the combination of Lebron James, Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade, Paul Pierce, and Jason Kidd provide the speed, passing, and scoring edge over the Western players. For years I've heard the Western Conference has always been better. That statement doesn't have much weight to it anymore.

No comments: