Last year the Celtics sent Rondo and the Big 3 to the All Star game. Something tells me that number will be lower this year.
After their shocking but cathartic demolishing of the Orlando Magic last night, the Celtics are 7-9 on the season. Up until then, they had had only beat the Wizards and other cellar dwellars. You could make a case that the Celtics two best performers this season didn't even play in team's most impressive win of the year. Based on those factors, it is hard to get a feel for which of the Celtics deserve to be in the All Star game this year.
I think I would at least make a case for Rajon Rondo. He's 2nd in the league in assists and tied for 9th in steals. He's been a bit inconsistent, looking brilliant at times and invisible at others, but the highs tend to outweigh the lows in my book. Last time I looked he was the only one to register a triple double in the NBA this year.
Early in the year Ray Allen was absolute money, but he's cooled off a bit and is currently hurt. Paul Pierce has gone the opposite direction. He was too out of shape or hurt to play like an All Star early in the year but has carried the team for the last couple of wins. Brandon Bass also shows up on the ballot (no Jermaine O'Neal, rightfully so) but as happy as I am with him coming off the bench, he probably shouldn't be in the All Star conversation right now.
But what do you think?
After the break are the Celtics players that are on the All Star Ballot - along with some very basic stats (through Sunday).
|2011 - Ray Allen||14.9||3.1||2.4|
|2011 - Paul Pierce||16.3||5.0||4.6|
|2011 - Kevin Garnett||13.5||7.1||2.5|
|2011 - Rajon Rondo||15.0||5.1||9.4|
|2011 - Brandon Bass||11.5||6.4||0.6|
So, do any Celtics deserve to be in the All Star game as of now?