The NBA will announced reserves for next month's All-Star game tomorrow and in advance of the release, we wanted to name our own list. First, the starters as announced by the Association. The guards are Chris Paul from the Clippers and the Lakers Kobe Bryant, the Clippers Blake Griffin and Thunder forward Kevin Durant, along with Lakers center Dwight Howard. The starters are always a popularity contest, now a look at those deserving of a reserve roll.
As we roll into the 2012-'13 NBA season, we're going to take you through an overview of each of the six divisions. Who are key newcomers? Who are notable for your fantasy team? Last season was brutal with a late and sudden December start to an abbreviated season. We wrap up our previews, staying in the Western Conference, with the Pacific Division. The Lakers have assembled the latest "Dream Team" with Steve Nash and Dwight Howard now running showtime alongside Kobe. The Clippers are now a force, with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leading the way. Golden State finally landed a big man to help David Lee, now if only Andrew Bogut can stay healthy. Watch out for Sacramento and mercurial big man DeMarcus Cousins. Marcin Gortat was a nice find in the desert, but Phoenix just doesn't have the horses to compete.
While the Eastern Conference featured Philadelphia's shocking win over top seeded Chicago, the Western Conference held serve, for the most part. The Clippers seven game elimination of Memphis could be considered an upset, while expected by others.
As we play out the final days of the 2011-'12 NBA regular season, we take a look at each franchise. Who emerged, what went wrong, what lies ahead. A look at post season chances, long term potential and upgrades possible in this summer's NBA draft. We continue in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Only four games tonight in the final action before the Association takes a four day break. Who leads the way on the road to the MVP as we approach tthe NBA All-Star break? Who has the best chance of delivering in the second half of the abbreviated 66 game season? King James is the favorite while it will take a Lin-sane second half for Jeremy to make a run. The numbers for Lebron and the longshot overnight sensation from New York, plus eight others inbetween.
Last night, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley chose their rosters for the Rising Stars game, which is part of NBA All-Star weekend. A week prior, I took a shot at drafting for them to see how it would compare. Was there any doubt that the Association had to add Jeremy L-in every event possible? Miami rookie point guard Norris Cole was the lucky beneficiary also added to balance the rosters at ten each.
I really like the changes that the NBA has made involving All-Star weekend. Specifically, mixing the rookies and sophomores in what was the Rookie Challenge and dividing the teams up with a fantasy draft. Whenever I hear fantasy draft, I want in! In a coin flip, Shaquille O'Neal gets to go first, Charles Barkley gets two picks, then they alternate until their nine man rosters are filled. The real fantasy draft will take place a week from tonight at 7pm EST on TNT.
Last week we told you about changes in store for NBA All-Star weekend. Instead of the rookies taking on the sophomores in the "futures" game, the best 1st and 2nd year players will be split up. Taking a cue from the NHL, the NBA will draft the squads, with Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley doing the honors. Does the NBA have the best All-Star game among major sports? MLB may still be the best, but what we do know is that the Pro Bowl remains horrible.
The NBA season is less than six weeks old, but its already time to announce the All-Star game starters. The names will be unveiled tonight LIVE during a one hour special on TNT at 7pm EST. Shaq, Charles, Kenny and Ernie will do the honors prior to the Thursday night doubleheader. The Bulls and Knicks tip off at eight, followed by the Nuggets and Clippers. *** SPOILER ALERT ***
Dwight Howard has been dominating the boards this season and at the same time, dominating conversation when it comes to his next destination. In the last week, he has added the Los Angeles Clippers to his "approved" trade list and has also been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Knicks. New York reportedly suggesting a package that would send Amare Stoudamire and Tyson Chandler to the Magic Kingdom. Today, we have details on Superman's wish to end up in the City of Angels... across town from Kobe.