As football winds down and the nation turns their collective attention to the hardwood, we are approaching one of the most exciting events on the sporting calendar. Soon, the entire NBA world will descend on New Orleans for 2014 All-Star Weekend, and with that comes the “great debate” about which players should be included.
In case you missed it, the NBA has officially gone to a less position-strict lineup in recent seasons, with the starters for both the Eastern and Western conferences selected in a format that includes 2 backcourt choices and 3 frontcourt choices, and that opens things up quite a bit for some of the league’s best talent. Still, there are many debates to be had in the coming days, and no matter who the general population votes in as a starter, there is almost certainly going to be a spot or two that makes little to no sense from a basketball standpoint.
With that, it is time to take on the entire All-Star roster for both teams, and this time, we aren’t going to be taking popularity into account. In this space, we will be selecting what I feel are the most worthy candidates for the 12 roster spots on both sides, and maybe (just maybe), the coaches who select the reserves and the fans who vote for the starters will see eye-to-eye on a few of them.
Without further ado, let’s get it going!