Sean Deveney takes a look at the All Star rosters and how they might shape up.
Who's the fourth guard in the East? If Iverson is voted in, he will start alongside Dwyane Wade, with Joe Johnson almost a certainty as the first backup guard. So who's next? The easy choice is Vince Carter (17.7 points, 4.7 rebounds), but though both his numbers and his team are good, he hasn't been as effective as Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (13.5 points, 9.6 assists) or Sixers guard Andre Iguodala (18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists).
Gerald Wallace, Josh Smith or Paul Pierce? Barring some odd twist in the voting, LeBron James and Kevin Garnett will be the starting forwards for the East. Chris Bosh is a lock for one of the backup forward spots. The other spot, though, is far from a lock. Pierce has good numbers for the East's top team, but he has been injured, and his 18.1 points per game is his lowest output since his rookie year. Smith has been more effective than Pierce, becoming one of the East's best defensive players. But, though the Bobcats are not an elite team, it would be very difficult to leave off Wallace, who is averaging 18.3 points and 11.8 rebounds.
I tell ya, the Iverson selection is kind of amusing in a way, but if he pushes a more deserving player off the team, that would be a real shame. Regardless, there's no way Rajon Rondo should not be on this team. Likewise, there's no reason Pierce shouldn't be on there either, though I can see how the spots might start filling up fast. It would be fun to have Ray there too, but I'm thinking he's had his run and will likely be left off the list this time.