Making your own NBA All Star Team for Las Vegas

January 12 2007

The NBA All-Star break is only a couple of weeks away.

Yep, the NBA All-Star break, it’s that time of the year when we will probably see Shaquille O’Neal racing towards the other end of the basketball court, make one ridiculously slow spin move, and unleash his trademark ”two-hands, two-knees up” slam dunk. It’s that time of the year when we will probably see Tracy McGrady intentionally miss a free throw, grab his own intentional miss and then throw it back down for an incredible jam.

More importantly, it’s that time of the year when we will probably see Allen Iverson pass the goddamn ball.

wade_vegas.jpgOn that note, as we move closer to the highly anticipated NBA All-Star break at Las Vegas, who do you think should be in the All-Star game? If you were to come up with your own five-man team, which players would you pick? Here’s mine.

CENTER. At the center position, I would put Ben Wallace in there. Even though he’s no longer a part of the Detroit Pistons this season, Ben Wallace still has this command inside the paint. I know Big Ben doesn’t score much and just looks like an idiot at the stripe but the guy does everything a big man should besides scoring. He defends well, rebounds the ball like a monster and intimidates everyone brave enough to challenge his 6’9” frame.

POWER FORWARD. At the four-spot, I would have to go with Kevin Garnett. As bad as those dog years in Minnesota have been, KG hasn’t lost one single beat. He is still the best player in NBA Basketball and I don’t see anyone that can beat him for that title.

SMALL FORWARD. At small forward, I’m going with Carmelo Anthony. Melo, since being included in that U.S. Basketball team, became one of the premiere forwards in the league. His game has matured exponentially, the only problem there is, that’s all there is to it as far as maturity is concerned. I’m still picking him though.

SHOOTING GUARD. Now this is a tough one with the abundance of great shooting guards in the league right now, not to mention the number of guys who just likes to shoot. If I were to pick one, I would pick the single guy that gives me the most efficiency with every shot that he takes. And if I were to do that, I would go with Richard Hamilton. He’s not a big-time scorer like the Kobes and the T-Macs but Rip is your modern day Reggie Miller. He moves without the ball well and is now one of the best mid-range shooters in the NBA.

POINT GUARD. At the point guard spot, I would have to go with Allen Iverson. I know I know, ya’ll Phoenix Suns fans can make a case for Steve Nash but the problem I have with Nash is he only plays on the other end of the floor, OFFENSE. I haven’t seen him make those big defensive plays yet. As for Iverson, you have both his offense and defense. He has a knack for making those key steals in every basketball game, something Philadelphia lost to Denver.

Jeez… The Sixers are such idiots.

Who will win the 2007 NBA Championship? Here are some odds from Bodog:

Chicago Bulls 7/1

Detroit Pistons 9/1

Dallas Mavericks 7/2

Miami Heat 4/1 (boo!)

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