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LeBron James

The Howitzer from Orlando was the leading vote getter, pulling in over 3 million votes, as the NBA announced their All Star Game starters last night during TNT’s NBA double-header. There were some interesting voting issues that almost made the these selections farcical, but, with the exception of Allen Iverson, the consensus is, the voters picked correctly.

East Starters:

G – Allen Iverson — The appropriate selection here is either Devin Harris or Jameer Nelson
G – Dwyane Wade
F – LeBron James
F – Kevin Garnett
C – Dwight Howard

West Starters:

G – Chris Paul
G – Kobe Bryant
F – Amare Stoudemire
F – Tim Duncan
C – Yao Ming

So if these were two teams facing each other in the NBA Finals, who would you pick? There’s absolutely no starter on the West’s squad that can guard LeBron and if you put Kobe on him, Wade would have run of the court. The weak link for the East is Iverson; although, if that’s your weakest player, I think you are doing just fine.

I’m curious to see who the bench players are going to be. I would expect folks like Paul Pierce, Nelson and Harris, as well as a Shaquille O’Neal sighting. Other players we’re likely to see as All Star reserves: Brandon Roy, Pau Gasol, Hedo Turkoglu, Joe Johnson, David West, Danny Granger, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, and Dirk Nowitzki. Of course, that’s just the ramblings of a “not one insider at all” blogger, so take it for what it’s worth.

The NBA starts their All Star Game celebration on February 13 with the always entertaining Rookie Challenge.