All-Time All-Star Team

ATLANTA – Please join me as I take a step down fantasy lane wearing hi-top Converse and also a sleeve on my shooting arm. Yes, this is about combining the old with the new and coming up with the Ultimate All-Star Game, pulling players from the past and present.

Not every great player makes a good All-Star Game participant, though. I put a premium on the entertainers: the passers, the leapers, the dunkers of course and the improvisers. There are dozens of Hall of Famers that I don’t want near the game. Mainly, the gravity-challenged centers. I’d want Bill Russell, for example, if I’m trying to win a championship, but wouldn’t even give him a ticket to watch my Ultimate game, let alone play in it.

That said … here are my two squads, with some choices fairly obvious.

West Team:

Pete Maravich. The Pistol is, quite simply, the model All-Star Game guy, worth any price of admission. It would be fun just watching him pull up his floppy socks.

Magic Johnson. How about Pistol Pete and Magic on the break together? That’s a match made in YouTube heaven.

Kobe Bryant. It’s the only game where Kobe passes the ball.

David Thompson. Perhaps the ultimate finisher the sport has ever seen.

George Gervin. Because that’s how we finga-roll.

Connie Hawkins. Here’s the progression: Hawkins>Dr. J.>Michael>everybody else.

Elgin Baylor. Well, maybe it was Elgin>Hawkins>etc.

Chris Paul. Caught a lot of flak the other day when I said Paul creates more for his teammates than any point guard in the league. Still standing by that statement.

Steve Nash. Because the Ultimate Game needs somebody to shoot. Not a bad passer, either.

Jason Kidd. OK, Pistol, Magic and Kidd running the break together. Wonder what might happen.

Shawn Kemp. Good Lordy, can you imagine how many posters he’d make in the Ultimate Game?

Clyde Drexler. Imagine, the Glide being forced to come off the bench in an All-Star Game. But not any All-Star Game.

East Team:

Michael Jordan. Well, um, duh. We found a spot for him.

Julius Erving. Oh, and we’ll also pencil him in for the dunk contest at halftime.

Dominique Wilkins. Because you can’t have Highlights without a Human.

Bob Cousy. Here’s the progression: Cooz>Magic>Kidd.

Isiah Thomas. Zeke was always a great All-Star gamer. Even managed to freeze out Jordan one year.

Earl Monroe. The Pearl, like the Hawk, was before his time. Too bad cable TV wasn’t around when they played.

Spud Webb. Just want to see him throw down an alley-oop.

Mark Jackson. I’m telling you, Jackson was very underrated as a creator. His game was disciplined street ball.

Allen Iverson. He might even show up for practice the day before.

Larry Bird. Because the Ultimate Game needs somebody to shoot. Not a bad passer, either.

LeBron James. Has anyone ever gone coast-to-coast quite like LeBron? Doubt it.

Derrick Rose. Among entertaining point guards, he’s got next.

Well, that’s it. The Ultimate All-Star Game, guaranteed to entertain and thrill and keep you from yawning. How did I do? Did I leave anyone out? Your turn.

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  3. poetryselite says:

    I agree with what you’re stating primarily about superior offensive players not being excluded from the game, on the contrary, the most recent all-star showcased a great deal of defense from the west. Now the argument would be if the west played such great defense, then why did they allow 143 points. Truth be told, you can play great de on the likes of Lebron, Wade (who got hurt), Amare, Rose, etc, but that doesn’t mean they won’t score. You speak of 95% of the game being focused solely on offense… and I would agree with you, but there are 2 words that make that statement false… Chris Paul. He had 5 steals against some of the best ball handlers in the league and had it not been for him deciding to pick up full court defense in the likes of the first half, the west would not have been so defensive minded. Set aside from all other obvious disagreements, defense in the most recent game and/or the all-time all-star game not only matters, but propels which ever team who plays it to victory. Hmm… sounds like the recipe that drove the old Celts with Russell to double digit championship victories. Just my take.

  4. poetryselite says:

    This comment is directed towards “Sunsman” (same scenario as “RG).

    I can understand perhaps going on ahead and shifting Barkley to the East for Sixer years, but that would then drop Rodman. And contrary to that ridiculous belief you have about rebounding not being important in the all-star game… I guess you forget that most highlight reels begin when someone clears the glass to make the outlet pass. Just thought you may need to be reminded of that. Then you add Dirk to replace Barkley’s spot on the West and implement Nash for Kidd??? Dirk’s perhaps the best European player ever, no argument there, but he’s always been a defensive liability. DEFENSE… now that’s another philosophy that people continue to overlook as if had nothing to do with the all-star game, people not considering that many all-stars make the squad for defensive purposes. For that reason, I know that Nash is a back to back MVP, but because he (much like the 7 foot German is a defensive liability), he didn’t make MY list. And while people have built this nonsense that defense isn’t important, I’m quite sure that that’s the very thing that separates CP3′s overall game from Nash. League leader in steals and can stay in front of even the quickest and most explosive guards when healthy. And all the talk about Nash being a better shooter than Kidd… he is, but not as much as people tend to think. I mean 3rd all-time in 3 balls made, nothing more needs to be stated.

    • Sunsman says:

      @poetryselite, understand your comments with regards to the importance of rebounds and defence when dealing with basketball as a sport . But we are talking the All Star game…. you can’t tell me the likes of other PF/C’s mentioned above (Barkley, Malone, Robinson, Russell, Wilt) can’t board and start a break. You don’t need to have a specialist at this level. I am not denying the impact Rodman had as a player, loved watching his footwork to gain position, but I don’t think he makes the all time All Star list.

      As for defence deficient players, again the players spend most of the All star game so lackadaisical that even a mediocre defender could get a couple of steals if they really wanted to. In reality the players don’t commit to defence for 95% of the game.

      In contrast I believe that defence is imperative in general basketball and you couldn’t get a better example of how important than yesterday’s Suns Mavs game where Dallas just clamped down and prevented the Suns from doing what they wanted at the end of the 3rd and 4th quarters. BUT… for the All star game it is just as fun to watch a team broken down defensively and watch an alley-oop or offensive rebound put back dunk as it is to watch a steal or box out – lead pass start a fast break for the spectacular dunk or 3. As such I don’t think that significantly superior offensive players should be excluded from the greatest showcase just because they play average defence.

  5. poetryselite says:

    This comment is directed towards “RG” (wouldn’t let me reply so this is the alternative).

    I haven’t forgotten about Scottie Pippen… one of the greatest SF’s in his own right, but I can’t place him over Larry Legend, Dr. J, Nique, and even Lebron. Yet, with that said, it’s still hard to keep him off the Eastern Conference team, but I’m sticking with my original list (which in itself is a valid one).

  6. William says:

    For the Ultimate All-Star game, My favorite and the #1 team of all time, hands down (in the world). the 1992 OlYMPIC DREAM TEAM!
    -Magic Johnson and John Stockton
    -Michal Jorden, Chris Mullen with Larry Bird
    -Clyde Drixler
    -Karl Malone with Charles Barkley, Scottie Pipen
    -David Robinson with Patrick Ewing.
    -Hakeem Olajawon was selected but got injured so Christian Latnier replaced him.
    -Isiah Thomas was also selected but Magic did’nt want him on the team, don’t know why.
    what more need be said. folks. that is your starters. Now for the reserves,
    you gotta have Bill Russall and Wilt Chamberlen, Dwight Howard in the middle. don’t forget MR. BASKETBALL, BOB COUSEY and Jerry West. you gatta put “the pistol” Pete in for the show. hands down, best ever ball handler and showman off all time. can’t argue with it. ya gotta have Ray Allen, Riggie Miller, and Jeff Hornacek, for more of the three bombs. Ya can’t leave out the best PG’s of today’s game. namely, Deron William’s known respectavley as D-Will (#1 PG in the NBA right now), Steve Nash and Jason Kidd, with CP3, Rajan Rando and Derrik Rose. YOU MUST HAVE BLAKE GRIFFEN!!! also a MUST is DR. J. no more need be said. then the “HUMAN HIGHLIGHT” DOMANIQUE WILKENS. ya can’t leave out D-Wade with Labron.

  7. cormega says:

    WEST Team :
    Magic
    Kobe
    TMAC
    Garnett (wolves days )
    Shaq ( Lakers)
    Payton
    Shawn Kemp
    Stockton
    Kareem Abdul Jabbar
    Mitch Richmond
    Clyde Drexler
    Barkley

    EAST:
    Penny Hardaway
    Michael Jordan
    Vince Carter
    Larry Bird
    Alonzo Mourning
    Scottie Pippen
    Reggie Miller
    Allen Iverson
    Mt. Mutombo
    Dom Wilkins
    Tim Hardaway
    Glen Rice

  8. Hops says:

    is shaq not entertaining?
    i understand the whole entertainment value thing. but having 10 guards on the floor would suck for entertainment, one on one dribbling the entire game is not entertainment
    it should have been done by position

  9. crossyboy says:

    PLAYERS WHO HAVE TO MAKE THE CUT:
    Vince Carter
    Darryl Dawkins
    Kevin Garnett

    PLAYERS TO BE CONSIDERED:
    Shaq
    Blake Griffin
    Walt Frazier
    Skip to My Lou (clearly Rafer Alston wouldn’t make the cut though)

    JUST FALL SHORT:
    Monta Ellis
    Tracy McGrady
    Darius Miles

  10. carlos says:

    where is stocton, malone and shaq???

  11. Corey Gaines says:

    You forgot Dwayne Wade! Look back at any big game, All Star Game, Olympic Games etc. He takes it to another level each time, and out shines the other people that get more hype. Think about it!
    cg

  12. fras says:

    WEST
    g-nash,kobe,kidd,magic,vince,chris paul
    F-blake,malone,
    C-hakeem ,kareem,shaq,yao
    EAST
    G-rondo,rose,wade,jordan,iverson,
    F-lebron,amare,kg,rodman,pippen
    C-howard,ewing

  13. Shaqula says:

    entertainers? shaq is the best entertainer in the world of basketball. don’t you guys forget him.

  14. ivanco says:

    iverson all
    the time

  15. dwade says:

    PG-ray misterio vs drose
    PF-john cena vs amare
    C-big show vs oneal
    SF-the rock vs lebron
    SG-edge vs dwade
    hahahahah

  16. Alin says:

    Shaun ….im not doubting you….But dont you think Shaq deserves a spot…..He was the most entertaining guy at all star games….

  17. Amare=MVP says:

    East:

    PG: Penny Hardaway, Allen Iverson, Isiah Thomas, Derrick Rose ,Jason Kidd, Bob Cousy, Mark Price, Mark Jackson, Terrell Brandon (cavs Days), Rod Strickland (got snubbed badly)
    SG: Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, Reggie Miller, Oscar Robertson,Ray Allen, Dwayne Wade, Allan Houston, Joe Dumars, Joe Johnson, Andre Iguodala (for the A.I. Connection)
    SF: Dominique Wilkins, Tracy McGrady, Lebron James, Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, Grant Hill, Julius Erving, Paul Pierce, Bernard King, Glen Rice
    PF: Charles Barkley, Amar’e Stoudemire, Kevin McHale, Dennis Rodman, Chris Bosh ,Larry Johnson, Vin Baker (Bucks days), Josh Smith, Bob McAdoo
    C: Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russel, Moses Malone, Dwight Howard, Brad Daugherty, Robert Parish, Dikembe Mutombo ,Ben Wallace, Jermaine O’Neal (Pacers days)

    WEST

    PG: Magic Johnson, Steve Nash, Pete Maravich, Gary Payton, Jerry West, John Stockton, Dennis Johnson, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Kevin Johnson, Russell Westbrook, Tim Hardaway, Baron Davis, Tony Parker
    SG: Kobe Bryant, Clyde Drexler, Mitch Richmond, David Thompson, Manu Ginobilli, Rick Barry, Latrell Sprewell, Jason Richardson (also snubbed a few times), Monta Ellis, Brandon Roy, Eddie Jones, Steve Francis, Alvin Robertson
    SF: Carmelo Anthony, James Worthy, George Gervin, Kevin Durant, Chris Mullin, Michael Finley, Shawn Marion (Suns days) Dan Marleje
    PF: Shawn Kemp, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Chris Webber, Dirk Nowitzki, Blake Griffin,Elton Brand, Pau Gasol, Lamarcus Aldrige, Kevin Love, Antonio McDyess, Connie Hawkins, Tom Chambers
    C: Shaq, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain,David Robinson, Yao Ming,

  18. mrchicago says:

    WEST
    PG:Magic,Tim Hardway, The Glove
    SG:Clyde, Kobe, tmac
    F/PF:Weber,David,Kemp,Barkley
    C:Shaq, Hakeem,

    East
    PG: Allen Iverson, Zek, Penny (before knees) King james
    SG:Jordan,Ray Allen, wade, dr J
    F/PF:Human Highlight, Pippen,carter,bird, Grant hill (before injuries)
    C Shaq, Ewing

    My list simple these were most exciting players at the perspective positions in there primes.

    honorable mentions: garrett, ducan, paul periece, kevin johnson, nash, robinson, dirk

  19. Robbie says:

    can’t believe you have missed out Vince carter!!!! whilst he is a bit grounded now he is still capable of xploding for some crazy dunks from time to time, and in his prime there is NO ONE better at dunking- a, in his prime, Carter would have won every single dunk contest except potentially dwight howards win (he had the crowd that day). I mean Carter essentially ended a guys (frederic weis’) nba career, with one dunk, before it began!!

  20. prophet says:

    west
    c- hakeem,shaq,robinson
    pf- barkley,kemp,griffin
    sf- nowitzki, melo, durant
    sg- kobe,
    pg- magic, nash,

    east
    c- bill russell
    pf- wilkins
    sf- james,bird,pippen,dr.j
    sg- kobe,vince,tmac,wade
    pg- iverson

  21. Jordan T says:

    HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT YOU PUT A PREMIUM ON BEING AN ENTERTAINER, PASSER, AND DUNKER IF YOU DONT HAVE SHAQ IN THIS GAME PERIOD???
    SHAQ IS THE MOST ENTERTAINING PERSONALITY THAT PROFESSIONAL SPORTS HAS EVER SEEN, NOT TO MENTION HE HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST ENTERTAINING PEOPLE IN PAST ALL STAR GAMES. I MEAN WHO DIDN’T WAIT FOR SHAQ TO CALL THE OPPOSING CENTER TO THE 3PT LINE SO SHAQ CAN TAKE HIM TO THE WHOLE? THIS LIST IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT SHAQ ON THIS LIST AS NUMBER 1.

  22. John A. says:

    How could you pick Mark Jackson over Tracy McGrady? Don’t you remember T-Mac’s alley-oops off the backboard to himself? He did this in two or three different all-star games.

  23. Kert Enteria says:

    EAST:

    PG– Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, Bob Cousy
    SG– Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, Allen Iverson
    SF– LeBron James, Julius Erving, Dominique Wilkins
    PF– Kevin Garnett, Larry Bird, Dennis Rodman
    C — Bill Russel, Dwight Howard, Patrick Ewing

    Must Haves too: Scottie Pippen, Reggie Miller, Tim Hardaway, Grant Hill, Allan Houston, Anfernee Hardaway
    Alonzo Mourning, Chris Bosh and Vince Carter

    WEST:

    PG– John Stockton, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd
    SG– Kobe Bryant, Clyde Drexler, Magic Johnson
    SF– Carmelo Anthony, Tracy McGrady, Kevin Durant
    PF– Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, Charles Barkley
    C — Shaquille O’neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Yao Ming

    Mus Haves too: David Robinson, Shawn Kemp, Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobili, Oscar Robertson, Chris Paul,
    Deron Williams, George Gervin, Wilt Chamberlain and Pete Maravich

    What can you say? ; )

  24. erwin says:

    My 12 West:
    Jerry West
    Hakeem
    Shaq
    Magic
    Barkley
    kareem
    Malone
    Stockton
    David robinson
    Duncan
    kobe
    mcgrady

    My 12 East:
    Ewing
    Irving
    MJ
    Pippen
    Rodman
    Carter
    Dwight
    Lebron
    Wade
    Rggie M.
    Rose
    KG

  25. DG2 says:

    Representing my Top12 ALL-Time EAST ALLSTARS:
    Michael Jordan
    Jason Kidd
    Larry Bird
    LeBron James
    Wilt Chamberlain
    Isiah Thomas
    Reggie Miller
    Kevin Garnett
    Scottie Pippen
    Bill Russell
    Julius Erving
    Dennis Rodman

    AND for my Top 12 ALL-TIME WEST ALLSTARS:
    Magic Johnson
    Kobe Bryant
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Tim Duncan
    Hakeem Olajuwon
    John Stockton
    Charles Barkley
    Karl Malone
    Clyde Drexler
    Shaq O’Neal
    Steve Nash
    Kareem Abdul Jabbar

    Whatcha say about dat YO??? Have at it!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Quincy says:

    My ALL time list for BOTH conferences.
    PG-Magic, Nash, Payton, Thomas
    SG-Jordan, Carter(Prime), Wade, Kobe, Iverson(prime), Ray allen
    SF-Lebron, McGrady(prime), Maybe Carmelo, Dominique, Pierce(prime)
    PF-KG(prime), Bird, Karl Malone, Kemp
    C-Jabbar, Olajuwon, Ewing, Robinson, Shaq(prime)
    The ultimate team of historic propertions man.

  27. SICKING says:

    Past vs Present

    Present
    PG Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Steve Nash
    SG Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Dwayne Wade
    SF LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kelvin Durant
    PF Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitski, Blake Griffin
    C Dwight Howard, Timothy Duncan, Shaquille O’neal

    Past
    PG Evring Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Isaiah Thomas
    SG Michael Jordan, Clyde Drextler, Reggie Miller
    SF Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Julius Erving
    PF Karl Marlone, Bill Rusell, Shawn Kemp
    C Abdul Jabber, Hakeem Olajunwon, David Robinson.

    U can’t dream any bigger.

  28. J. O. Mac says:

    No Wade?????? Smh

  29. SA,GO says:

    west
    PG- nick van exel- put a ring at half time and get him and rodman in it for a side show
    SG- devin brown- man he wore jersey # 23
    SF- luke walton- he’s the best 2nd generation player of all time
    PF- sam bowie- he was drafted ahead of MJ
    C- sean bradley- imagine williams dunking on him

    east
    PG- jason williams- had been on every team in nba
    SG- jerry stackhouse- he’s a mr. universe candidate
    SF- tractor taylor- he’s got the heigth of a SF but heavier than most Cs
    PF- darko milicic- he was drafted ahead of melo, wade and bosh
    C- kwame brown- MJ picked him first

    that line-up would pack alot of action

    sorry can’t help typing it. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Hawk says:

    I love how half of you guys leave out dwight howard , he is by far one of or mybe the best center in the nba to date,I believe if this were in a couple of years griffen would be on that list maybe even starting

  31. fosho says:

    watching a replay of kobe in his earlier years and comparing it to LBJ i’ll say Lebron is better in every way and is ahead of kobe in terms of level if you compare a young kobe and Lebron. kobe is kinda like a bigger steve francis with a brain and besides most kobe’s moves where borrowed from jordan he does not have an original move that he created on his own other than the way he flicks his feet during a jump shot

  32. arnie g says:

    EASTERN LINE UP

    PG :SCOTTIE PIPPEN
    SG: MICHAEL JORDAN
    SF: TONI KUKOK
    PF: DENNIS RODMAN
    C: HORACE GRANT

    WESTERN LINE UP

    ANY ALL STAR OR SUPERSTAR LINE UP..

  33. Jrock says:

    Have no Idea why derrick rose and chris paul made this list. Maybe one day. But definetly not right now.

  34. aaron says:

    i don’t know how you can leave out shaq
    i mean he’s the ultimate performer you don’t remember a couple of years ago when he split the mvp with kobe when he put on that dance before the game and the play when he put the ball through dwight howard’s legs and took it to the hole for the dunk from the perimeter
    and then of coarse who better to interview then the one and only….

    the other guy i would put up a fight for is vince carter probably the best dunker of all time in his prime
    and then t-mac how about the alley hoop to himself off the glass

  35. Jeff says:

    Wheres Shaq?? with one of those hilarious cross overs or shooting a foul shot with one hand? And remember this isnt the best players of all time, its the best performers in the all-star game

    WEST

    PG- Magic Johnson- Best pg ever hands down
    SG Kobe Bryant – If it weren’t for Jordan we might be talking G.O.A.T.
    SF George Gervin – Finga Roll
    PF – Chris Webber – Have you seen a better passing big man in the game???
    C Shaquille O’neal : Jabowakkees, cross overs, kising tracy mcgrady, total showman for the event
    6 – Kevin Garnett – see his younger days in the all -star game when he was a t-wolve and he and kobe played every game
    7- Jason Kidd – Alley- oop passes galore
    8- Blake Griffin – If he’s performing these types of dunks in a real game, then it should be an even better allstar
    9- Hakeem the Dream- Gotta have a smooth center with the faking footwork ability
    10- Wilt Chamberlain- the ultimate winner and most dominant big man ever to play the game
    11- Clyde Drexler – I agree with that
    12 – Jerry West

    EAST:

    PG – Walt Clyde Fraizer – Swishin and Dishin!
    SG – Michael Jordan – DUH!
    SF – Larry Bird – Larry Legend, who could pass up larry vs magic in the all – star game?
    PF – Amare Stoudemire: Best offensive power forward in the game, and the all-star game is about offense, not defense
    C – Bill Russel – Wilt vs Bill, Larry vs Magic, it’s a rivalry
    6- Scottie Pippen- Cant have Jordan Without Pippen
    7 – LeBron James – He would have cracked the starting lineup, but Magic and Larry guarding each other is hard to pass
    8 – Patrick Ewing- One of the best shooting centers ever
    9 -Ray Allen – I put him on this list because of the 2002 all – star game, watch the ending of the third quarter ( payton, pierce, allen and stojakavic have a three point contest for real with an Alonzo Mourning blocked shot)
    10- Vince Carter – in his prime, by far the best athlete the NBA has seen, always puts on a show
    11 – Charles Barkley – Blake Griffin is a bigger stronger version but Charles can put on a show
    12 – Allen Iverson- Again, another showman in the mid season classic

    SNUBS FOR WEST
    Tim Duncan, Pistol Pete, Shawn Kemp, Rick Barry, Kareem

    SNUBS FOR EAST
    Paul Pierce, Kevin mchale, Bob Petite, Tracy Mcgrady, Dwayne Wade, Reggie Miller, Isaiah Thomas

  36. Tomi says:

    West:
    PG – Magic, Nash
    SG – J-Rich, Kobe, Drexler, Pistol Pete
    SF – Baylor, Worthy
    PF – Kemp, Garnett
    C – The Admiral, Hakeem

    East:
    PG – Isiah, The Answer, Kidd
    SG – MJ, Carter, Wade
    SF – Dominique, T-Mac
    PF – Sir Chuck, Lebron
    C – Shaq, Dwight

    And i’m a spurs fan and anti-laker

  37. JERICO says:

    WTH…no vinsanity and shaq!?!

  38. Jose says:

    People here a talking about rings, longevity, stats etc. its about ENTERTAINMENT purposes.
    West All-Stars
    PG-Magic, Payton
    SG-Kobe, Drexler
    SF-Worthy, English
    PF-Barkley, Kemp, Garnett
    C-Hakeem, Robinson
    East All-Stars
    PG-Penny, Tim Bug
    SG-Jordan, Vince, Tmac
    SF-Pippen, Nique
    PF-B King, LJ
    C-Shaq, Ewing

    im sure i left some out but thats the game i would love to watch

  39. AC says:

    The Iverson comment made me smile

  40. benjo says:

    PG: RONDO,ROSE, WADE VS WESTBROOK, WILLIAMS, DAVIS
    SG: R.ALLEN, JORDAN, CARTER, ERVING VS R.MILLER, KOBE, T-MAC, DREXLER
    SF: PIERCE, JAMES, HILL VS CARMELO, GRIFFIN, DURANT
    PF: BIRD, GARNETT, AMARE, PIPPEN, VS DIRK, GASOL, BARKLEY, DUNCAN
    C: SHAQ, HOWARD VS YAO, EWING

    THIS THE BEST MATCH-UP…. :-)

  41. Young Crafty says:

    How does this guy have his own blog, and manages to forget to put a SINGLE center between both teams? Does he not realize that players play different positions, and its probably not a good idea to have an entire team of guys under 6’8” no matter how good dunkers they may be?

  42. aybar hedu says:

    The best all star game roster would have d wade cp3 blake griffin dominique willkins michael jordan julias erving charles barkley and kevin durant.

  43. Dwyane Wade says:

    what about d-wade don’t forget about last year he was the all star game mvp he has been in the same amount of all star games as LeBron

  44. MyMainManManu says:

    HEY SHAUN YOU FORGOT MANU GINOBILI… FANCY PASSES, SICK MOVES, SHOOT 3S WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR!

  45. DJ MBENGA says:

    KOBE IS OVERRATED!!! ITS ME WHO GAVE HIM HIS LAST TWO RINGS!!! STUPID FANS SHOULD SUPPORT ME NOT HIM!!

  46. renz_garnett says:

    im’ma say

    EAST
    PG-IVERSON ISAIAH THOMAS
    SG-JORDAN WADE MILLER ALLEN
    SF-LEBRON MCGRADY
    PF-GARNETT BIRD
    C-SHAQ WILT

    WEST
    PG-MAGIC NASH PAUL
    SG-KOBE DREXLER
    SF-BLAKE CARTER
    PF-BARKLEY NOWITZKI DUNCAN
    C-YAO KAREEM

  47. Ai come back says:

    hey shaun im curius whyd u leave shaq off ths list..?

  48. gianluca raffo says:

    Shaun, even though you don’t seem to perceive Kobe’s value, he was the top scorer and a top defender in his prime, you sure know basketball: you’re the only one to remember David Thompson, the original “Sky Walker”, probably the best bball package ever:top athleticism, talent and iq. Too bad he ran into off the court problems otherwise we’d be discussing now david, kobe or michael. Nobody in the prior comments even mentions the “Sky Walker”: do they really know about basketball?
    On the other hand how can you dare to leave Wilt, the most dominant ever and one of the most spectaculars out?
    I cannot name 24, there are too many basketball greats.

  49. cris nyandoro says:

    i could bot belive that wade was not there!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. MRS NASH says:

    as lomg as steve nash is on it, im cool(:

  51. Alex Diaz says:

    what about Wilt? you know the guy who holds the most points and rebounds in a single game
    100 points
    55 rebounds
    or maybe Bill russel? 11 time world champion 5 time mvp

  52. Good teams but

    West:
    The teams has 5 points and 3 big men so Im taking out CP3 and puttin in Earthquake Blake Griffin.

    East:
    Since they have the same problem with 6 pgs, im subbing Vinsanity for Spud & Shaq for the Cooz.

  53. Wilsonic says:

    LEGENDS VS MYTHS

    PG: NASH VS STOCKTON
    SG: BRYANT VS JORDAN
    SF: ANTHONY VS BIRD
    PF: AMARE VS MALONE
    C: HOWARD VS EWING

  54. Heat says:

    Hey Where’re my comments????????????

  55. Heat says:

    Where’s D-Wade?????????????????

  56. D Rose #1 PG right now says:

    haha i laugh at all you Kobe lovers out there… opinions go both ways no matter if your a lebron fan or a kobe fan!
    i think its time to get over yourselves!!
    its one ******* opinion from one person.. pretty sure you are going to hear a lot more of them!

    anyways dont mind the list too much, obviously missing a few players and some surprising ones like CP3 and derrick rose (although love them both.. amazing talent!) which is understandable.. i mean how easy do u expect it to be from so many years of the NBA running???

  57. Celtics says:

    Wher’s shaq on that list?

  58. daxxx09 says:

    my ALL TIME ALL_STAR team:

    EAST:

    PG- tim hardaway, penny hardaway,
    SG- jordan, mcgady,
    SF- Pippen, Carter, grant hill
    PF- Rodman(for his antics),& Kevin Garnett
    C- Ewing, Oneal, Mourning

    reserves: Paul Pierce, Lebron, Reggie miller ,John Starks, Dwight Howrd & iverson

    WEST:

    PG: Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, gary payton
    SG- Kobe, Drexler
    SF- Nowitzki, Barkley
    PF- shawn kemp, Karl malone, tim duncan
    C- David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon,

    reserves: Yao ming, John Stockton, Steve Francis, Rasheed wallace, Ray allen

    • Doc says:

      Thank the lord someone finally said Tim Hardaway!!! electric!! Maybe throw Spree in there for good measure!!

      Larry Johnson??

      What about little-penny??

  59. likeag6 says:

    i really do love d-rose, but d-wade over him; just in terms of what they’ve done so far (finals mvp)
    also, even though i dont particularly like lebron, he should be there.
    shaq’s gotta be there.
    yao was one of the best when he was healthy; im pretty sure he can take wilt in terms of skill, it’s just their legacy that’s different
    and vince carter? t-mac (early 2000s)? ray allen? maybe even garnett.
    and just for kicks, skip-to-my-lou.

  60. Potitoi says:

    Kobe is the best player on his era,

    Despite a lot of people criticized him
    for me I do believe he can surpass the # 1 scorer in NBA, 7 years from now.

    Your the Best Kobe!!!!!!!!!

  61. 3Peat says:

    Complaints…complaints…Complaints!!! This is his list of ultimate all-stars so quit whining!!Didn’t you read on the last part, “Your Turn!” Simple, he made his own list, and he only wants you to build your own ultimate all-stars squad. If you think someone has been left out, then take him to your own squad! Most of you are stupid, honestly.

  62. Penny and Me says:

    Dont forget Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway is his time.

    • ceejay says:

      NO WADE NO SHAQ. MAN

      PG-WADE
      SG-JORDAN
      SF-PIPPEN
      PF-LEBRON
      C-SHAQ

      TELL ME WHO CAN BEAT THIS??
      MAN IMAGINE 1 STEAL WADE LEBRON JORDAN RUNNING FROM THE OTHER COURT.
      WHAT A SHOW.

      • likeag6 says:

        kobe(prime), jordan, lebron, yao, shaq
        the two 7 footers, lebron wouldnt be able to play the 4 against shaq or yao.

  63. rayray20 says:

    All time All Stars

    East
    PG- Allen Iverson
    SG- Michael Jordan
    SF- Lebron James
    PF- Larry Bird
    C- Shaquille O’neal

    Reserves; Derick Rose, Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Amar’e Stoudamire, Kevin Garnett, Dominique Wilkins, Dwight Howard

    Wild Cards: Penny Hardaway, Tracy Mc Grady, Oscar Robertson, Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing, Julius Erving,

    West
    PG – Magic Johnson
    SG- Kobe Bryant
    SF- Charles Barkley
    PF- Shawn Kemp
    C- Wilt Chamberlain

    Reserves Pete Maravich, Rick Barry, Jason Kidd, Cyle Drexler, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Curt Hawkins

    Wild Cards: Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Glen Rice, David Robinson, John Stockton

    • Huh? says:

      What is a Curt Hawkins?

    • Sunsman says:

      Lucky you have Jordan and Lebron who handle/d the ball so much, cause there is no way Iverson should be all time starting PG…. guy was talented and entertaining but dude could only ever create for himself.

  64. francisco says:

    I have never seen so many people taking nonsense about the BEST in the NBA FOR THE LAST 3 OR 4 YEAR
    LEBRON JAMES, IF THIS GUY KEEP PLAYING LIKE THAT FOR 5 YEAR MORE HE WILL BE CONSIDERED THE BEST EVER.

  65. james says:

    east:

    PG:dwayne wade
    SG:michael jordan
    SF:lebron james
    PF:kevin garnett
    C:Shaq’ o’neal

    RESERVES: ray allen, dwight howard, jason kidd, vince carter, scottie pippen, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson

    west:

    PG:magic johnson
    SG:kobe bryant
    SF:kevin durant
    PF:Karl Malone
    C:kareem abdul jabbar

    RESERVES: charles barkley, tracy mcgrady, John Stockton, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, steve nash, clyde drexler

  66. Champkobe says:

    You left Chamberlain, Russel, and Robertrson off the team…

  67. Q. says:

    Seriously? No Scottie Pippen.

  68. Michael S says:

    This is the overall problem with the All-Star game, if it goes by the name then technically the best players in the NBA should be playing hence the name “NBA All-Star game”, but if you’re going by an ‘ultimate’ all-star game ie best entertainers each year then players like Josh Smith, JR Smith, Rudy Gay would be perenial All-Stars due to the fact they are high-flyers

  69. emptypuppet says:

    LEBRON SUCKS…..Kobe CARMELLO LAKERS!!!!!GOOOO!!!!TRADE!!!!!!!!

  70. Danny says:

    West PGs- Magic–Stockton–Nash–G. Payton East PGs- Isiah Thomas– D.Rose– Dennis Johnson
    SGs- Kobe–Drexler–Pistol Pete SGs- Michael Jordan– Dr. J– Reggie Miller
    SFs- Gervin–Worthy–Durant SFs- Pippen– Bird– ‘Nique
    PFs- Malone–Kemp–Duncan– Dirk PFs- Rodman– McHale– Garnett
    Cs- Kareem–Hakeem–Wilt–Shaq Cs- Russell– Ewing– Moses

    Most players are retro, but that’s right. The players today don’t have the same respect and the same attitudes that the players had before. Not even the talent is close, But the most outstanding are on there

  71. Michael S says:

    God people need to realise the comment was made tongue in cheek, can no-one take a joke lol i wouldnt mind watching Ginobili, playing every minute like it’s his last lol, Vince, just for his dunking sake, and Shaq, as arguably the greatest entertainer the game’s ever seen. Pippen and Robinson just for being pure beasts lol

  72. fan says:

    blake griffin derserve to be on there. why? if you can entertain the crowd and revive a team’s attendance rate, you definitely deserve a spot up there.

  73. Mike says:

    I’m not going to make a huge list of people, but I am suprised Jerry west isn’t on the list (NBA Logo). Also surprised that Shaq isn’t on there.. I can see why people like Carter and McGrady aren’t on there because they didn’t have a long term great career like the others mentioned.

  74. Vivek Shah says:

    seriously no Shaq ?

  75. Law064 says:

    !@NBAFAN so correct, people take things out of context. Good lineup but missing some great player. Shaq always put on a show!!!

  76. NBAfan says:

    when shaun said this is the only game kobe have to pass the ball means he dont need to score in this kind of game….
    you all kobe fans react so bad whit nothing. cmon you guys supposed to be fans of one player, not haters of the rest

  77. bataraza24 says:

    WADE IS BETTER THAT JAMES…u know Y?

    WADE w/ SHAQ = 1 RING
    LBJ W/ SHAQ,jamison,mo wel,del wes…and a lot of tallented playr = 0 ring

    how about KB24 w/ Shaq….hmmmm =)

  78. bataraza24 says:

    yeah…i lyk it…i luv it…Black Mamba the only game passes the ball…wait r u serious??? i don’t think so…i think all MJ lovers and LBJ lovers are just AFRAID AND SCARED of kb24…LOLLLLLLLLLLL

  79. basketball fan says:

    There has never been a better all-star/enterteiner than SHAQ!!!! plsss somebody tell me differently!!!
    SKilled!!!
    Humor!!!
    Athletic!!!
    Quotation!!!!

    SHAQ best all star ever!!!!!!!!

  80. rust says:

    Shaun, calm down and don’t react too much. It is too obvious that you are a hater on Kobe.

  81. wade fan says:

    you should include WADE!

  82. RPM says:

    Entertaiment Value List:
    WEST:
    Magic
    Kobe
    Hakeem
    Kemp
    Connie Hawkins

    EAST:
    Marivich
    Earl Monroe
    Wilt
    Julius Erving
    Domonique Wilkens

    Best players list:
    WEST:
    Magic
    Kobe
    Wilt
    Malone
    Elgin

    EAST:
    Jordan
    Oscar
    Russel
    Erving
    Bird

  83. Fritz says:

    Umm. Since the All-Star game is about entertaining fans, VC should be up there with Blake Griffin. Also, a stupid reason to put Spud Webb. WTF?

  84. lakers fan says:

    how is TMAC not on this list? He has the most memorable play in any all-star game!

  85. SA,GO says:

    where are the likes of robinson, shaq, west, oscar robertson and kareem?

  86. Godfrey says:

    The Allstar game is in truth the only game where Kobe passes the ball lol and if you believe different you problem in love with his balls.This guy is the biggest ball hog behind Allen Iverson.This guy makes no one better.Everyone who is good on the lakers has always been a good player befor they got there.We can CLEARLY see that Lebron makes everyone that’s in his presence better.

    West Allstars
    Pg-Pete,ChrisP,Magic
    Sg-Kobe,Drex,
    Sf-Gervin,Worthy,Dirk
    Pf-Malone,Duncan,Amare
    C-Wilt,Olajuwan

    East Allstars
    Pg-Isiah,Kidd,Bob Cousy
    Sg-Mj,Penny,Osc Rob,Wade
    Sf-Lebron,Bird,Dr.J,Domo Wilks
    Pf-Garnett,Mmalone,
    C-Shaq,Ewing,Howard

  87. Lolwut says:

    Uhm Someone explain to me how D-wade or Carter isnt on this list? :|

  88. fongyfong says:

    How can you not have Vince carter in there? best dunker of all time and great entertainer, dwayne wade as well. And shaq as well great entertainer. With his power dunks and goofy attitude

  89. poetryselite says:

    One More Addition:

    Kevin Garnett… for either conference. As a Timberwlf was/is a legend, as a Celtic, is a defensive powerhouse by himself and an NBA Champion

  90. poetryselite says:

    A Few Names I Overlooked in my initial post:

    Gary Payton should be a 4th reserve PG for the West behind Jerry West (The Glove) was too brilliant.

    Forgot to include Dwayne Wade as the 2nd reserve SG for the East behind Oscar Robertson
    Also, forgot include Lebron James as the 2nd reserve SF behind Dr. J for the East.
    Dwight Howard is definitely worthy of being a 3rd reserve center in the East behind Ewing.

  91. Kobe Bryant says:

    It’s actually true that this ultimate game may be the only game that I would pass the ball. Maybe a pass or two. I think some of them deserves it. Shaun, I like you posts. I want to be the villain and be protected by all these birdbrains. For all the guy’s who love me. You’re brainless morons. I’m going for three-peat. And I’m better than Michael,

  92. Kevin says:

    Allen Iverson? Seriously? He doesn’t deserve a spot in an All-Time All-Star Team. He’s probably the most overrated player in history. He’s the answer to a question that’s never been asked! He’s the most selfish guy that has ever played the game!

    • rochen1 says:

      Amen.

    • Mr. E says:

      I will definitely agree that A.I. is overrated; however, it should not be ignored that Iverson also has 2 all-star MVP’s. Everybody has their own opinion on the all-star game but in terms of entertainment and just pure talent purposes, Iverson fits the bill for the mid-season classic. Notice I said in terms of “pure talent purposes” and not using soley “great players” because in my eyes, Iverson was not a great player but primarily just great talent.

  93. poetryselite says:

    Some of the guys chosen are obvious agreements, but others don’t merit “The Ultimate All-Star” Game.

    Everything predominantly is opinionated anyway. Personally:

    West Starters: PG – Magic Johnson (Greatest PG of All-Time)
    SG – Kobe Bryant (5 rings equal Magic’s total)
    SF – James Worthy (Interior Assassin)
    PF – Tim Duncan (GREATEST PF of All-Time… no matter how oblivious people are to his dominant fundamentals)
    C – Shaquille O’Neal (In his prime… too big, too strong, too good)

    Reserves: PG – Jason Kidd (2nd in Tripple Doubles and 3rd in 3-Pointers made behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller), Chris Paul (Could have a Magic Johnson type career with the right cast), Jerry West (3 reserves make this position an interesting capacity, but can’t leave out the legend who helped the injured Wilt Chamberlain will the Lakers to their 1st title in LA)
    SG – Clyde Drexler (Clyde The Glide), Elgin Baylor (27.4 points, 13.5 boards… and at 6’5)
    SF – George Gervin (The Ice Man), Alex English (Talented Nugget in the 80′s era)
    PF – Karl Malone (Only Jordan hindered his title quest), Charles Barkley (Talented and physically imposing)
    C – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (The Captain and interior presence at Center for the Showtime Lakers), Hakeem Olajuwon (Couldn’t leave “The Dream” out), David Robinson (Another capacity position, but the Admiral helped Tim Duncan to his 1st Title)

    East Starters: PG – Isaiah Thomas (Too gifted in every facet of being a PG)
    SG – Michael Jordan (NO EXPLANATION NECESSARY)
    SF – Larry Bird (24.3 points, 10 boards… oh and SIX ASSISTS)
    PF – Bob Petit (26.4 points, 16.2 boards… and 3 Assists)
    C – Bill Russell (11 RINGS… NOTHING MORE NEEDS TO BE STATED)

    Reserves: PG – Bob Cousy (One of Russell’s superstar teammates), Dennis Johnson (5-Time All-Star with stifling DEFENSE)
    SG – Oscar Robertson (1st in Triple Doubles and is really a starter for either conference, but Isaiah’s ball handling darn there inspired CP3′s style)
    SF – Julius Erving (He and Larry Bird are so interchangeable but Larry’s stats are stronger, despite Erving’s gravity defying athleticism), Dominique Wilkins (Gifted high flyer who had great versatility)
    PF – Dennis Rodman (Despite his reputation, is one of the GREATEST GLASS cleaners to ever play the game… oh and he helped Jordan win multiple rings), Moses Malone (20 and 12 guy who played solid Defense), Kevin McHale (Though he makes a 3rd reserve, how can I keep him off… he only helped Larry Bird win 3 titles)
    C – Wilt Chamberlain (I know he could start for either side, but 11 Rings to 2 can’t go unrecognized), Patrick Ewing (Only Jordan, Olajuwon, and Reggie Miller hindered his title quest)

    • RG says:

      this is a very good list, but what about Scottie Pippen?

    • Sunsman says:

      Would change Barkley to East for Philly play and drop Rodman. Glass cleaning isn’t needed at All Star. Would then insert Dirk into West and add Nash instead of Kidd – shooting Nash is better, passing is a wash and Kidd is better defender but again we are talking Allstar game here.

  94. Francis says:

    Vince Carter and Penny Hardaway should be there.

  95. T Dawg says:

    Anthony Mason had a season of 17 ppg, 13 rpg and 7 assists, he could play PG thru Center
    Hakeem Olajuwon, the most talented center ever, can’t be left out
    Charles Barkley was a big dude that could jump out of the building in his prime and break backboards
    Chris Mullin – look at his stats, really, really good and a smooth player
    G.P. the glove – gotta be some D right and a streetball mentality, lol
    Grant Hill had a AMAZING season like A Mason did
    Antonio McD before he blew out his knee had like the highest vertical in the NBA, and he is already 6;8
    B Griffin, eventhough he’s ugly as hell

  96. lal says:

    It’s the only game where Kobe passes the ball.

    About that, Kobe has always been around the TOP 5 passing shooting guards so would people already stop talking nonsense? Yes Shaun, that goes for you too!

  97. patrick says:

    @meme_lakerfan24 do you know anything at all about bball lol wow you must never ahve heard of ginobli parker and tonnes more on spurs….dude timmy is playing his worst statistically in his career and the spurs are like, top of the west, if timmy left spurs would definitely not be like cavs……

  98. BALLS says:

    you’re missing SCOTTIE PIPPEN

  99. bongskie2jr says:

    that’s the only game where kobe passes the ball? or this is just another stupid thing from a gay writer who really loves his boyfriend? i think you should quit writing shaun! go home and witness kobe own your “fake tough” guy boyfriend!
    after all both of you are WINLESS! lol!

  100. Mr. E says:

    A tough decision but I will give this a try…

    Eastern Conference

    Michael Jordan
    Isiah Thomas
    LeBron James
    Allen Iverson
    Dwayne Wade
    Dwight Howard
    Dominique Wilkins
    Moses Malone
    Julius Erving
    Bob Cousy
    Oscar Robertson (one of only 2 rookies to win all star MVP)
    Larry Bird

    Western Conference

    Magic Johnson
    Pete Maravich
    Kobe Bryant
    Wilt Chamberlain (the other rookie to win all-star MVP)
    Bob Pettit (a record 4 all-star MVP’s)
    Tracy McGrady
    Kevin Garnett
    Shaquille O’Neal
    Jerry West
    Karl Malone
    Charles Barkley
    Jason Kidd

  101. Basketballfan says:

    @Shaun Powell really the only game kobe passes the ball!!!! He passes the ball, such a kobe hater

  102. Yvette Hunwick says:

    An All-Star game just isn’t an all-star game without Shaq there, come on… his crossovers, pre-game antics etc??? That’s a bad omission Shaun! And regarding recent players both T-Mac and Carter deserve a spot.

  103. rust says:

    I mean you are not a basketbal player maybe.. Just want to correct it!

    • Shaun Powell says:

      Last time I checked I worked for the NBA. What do you do exactly?

    • smh. says:

      Are you one? I doubt it. Basketball is a team sport, and too often has Kobe tried to turn it into an individual performance. Lebron’s “greediness” was due to the fact that he never had a talented point guard, so he had to act as a point forward.

      • rochen1 says:

        Isn’t it a little soon to refer to LeBron’s career in the past tense? I don’t see him as enough of a showman for the all time all star game, but that’s just me.

  104. rust says:

    No I never seen a man that ball hug like Lebron, coast to coast? Duh!
    Overrated ball hug.

    He tries to make triple double all the time to cover up his greediness of the ball.

    Because this is the game Kobe pass the ball? I bet you are a fan of Kobe turn to be a hater. You are a basketball player maybe, you don’t know what you are talking about.

    Shaun it hurts when you hate Kobe and he sting you in the heart. Hater!

    Love you Lequeen! heheheh Go Kobe!

    • Niko says:

      The fact Lebron can get a triple double every night & nearly does, shows his completeness as a player.

      “He tries to make triple double all the time to cover up his greediness of the ball”

      What a nonsensical statement, its kinda like me saying “U tries to comment on blogs to cover up your illiteracy”

  105. Marius (Jazz) says:

    West:
    PG: Stockton, Magic, Nash
    SG: Kobe, Pistol Pete,
    SF: Worthy, Gervin
    PF: Malone, Kemp, Duncan
    C: Kareem, Mutombo, Olajuwon,

    East:
    PG: Thomas, Kidd, Iverson
    SG: Jordan, Drexler, Miller
    SF: Erving, Pippen, Hill
    PF: Zo, Garnett, Lebron
    C: Wilt, Moses, O’neal

    • thaprofetpr says:

      best team out here, would straight up DISMEMBER the west team lol

    • Sunsman says:

      Dude why’d u put Drexler on the east team.And seriously Mutombo over Robinson? Personally would love to see if Russell could stop The Dream’s post moves. And how can u put Miller on this list instead of Bird or Alonzo Mourning over 76′s Barkley or if you put Barkley as a Sun how did you choose Kemp as a top 3 PF??

  106. Adrian says:

    SHAQ!!!! is true All-Star!!! the most dominant center in the Historic of the NBA!!!

  107. JKLJKYKG says:

    shaun powell don’t be hater …………talk already if someone is better than kobe even lebron said kobe better than him………only a game wear kobe passes the ball nice one HATERS i just wait that ur bron and kobe meet in finals i will watch out your article!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. egyboy1234 says:

    damn forgot kobe and lebron

  109. egyboy1234 says:

    in 5 years Griffin will be among ultimate all-stars and players ever. For now, assuming we get all the players in their prime, I wanna see the likes of Jordan, Dr J, Magic, Wilkins, Robertson, DAWKINS!!, Nash, the cousins Carter/McGrady (essentially interchangeable), Clyde the Glide, Pistol Pete, Larry Bird, Barkley, and Cousey,

  110. aaaa says:

    I didn’t think it possible for someone to be both sacrilegious and outright retarded as hell so effortlessly: “Hawkins>Dr. J.>Michael>everybody else” WTF????? There are 2 players you actually think were better than MJ?!?!?! WOW!!!

    • Milo says:

      I don’t think Shaun was saying that, he was simply putting in chronological order those players that changed the face of the game with their athleticism.

      And I’m sure Shaun would agree with me when I say NO Kobe does not deserve to be after Jordan on that progression, as he did not bring anything to the game that wasn’t seen before. Yes he was super-athletic when he entered the league, but not moreso than Michael and not enough to warrant saying he changed the face of basketball.

  111. Dave says:

    Shaun, you left off Manu Ginobili. He has one of the most unique ways of playing ever and knows how to make a highlight play

  112. wow says:

    wow really its the only game where he passes the ball?
    -hater

  113. West
    PG: Chris Quinn
    SG: Gerald Green
    SF: Luke Walton
    PF: Brian Cardinal
    C: Darko Milicic

    East
    PG: Chris Duhon
    SG: Sasha Vujajic
    SF: Brian Scalabrine
    PF: Eddy Curry
    C: Kwame Brown

    • Gary says:

      This must be the hall of shame game list.

    • Dave says:

      Too bad Nash didn’t make the cut. Watching him pass to Blake Griffin would have been a lot of fun

    • Jason says:

      That is a solid lineup man. I’d definetly pay to watch that. Personally I’d throw in DJ Mbenga at starting center.
      Others from the past you might like to add are Michael Olowakandi, Shawn Bradley (everyones favourite dunking object) and Robert Tractor Traylor

    • Ken says:

      Nice list for THIS year’s All-Star Game…but what about all time ???

      WEST :

      PG : Kenny “The Jet” Smith
      SG : Jeff Hornacek
      SF : “Big Smooth” Sam Perkins
      PF : Danny Manning
      C : Bryant “Big Country” Reeves
      6th : Theodore “Blue” Edwards

      EAST :

      PG : Muggsy Bogues
      SG : Craig Ehlo
      SF : “3D” Dennis Scott
      PF : Charles Oakley
      C : Sam Bowie
      6th : Harold Minor

    • jose says:

      in your team you need more numbers 1 like sam bowie

  114. Niko says:

    HOW in the world can you leave VINSANITY off this list? Besides, I’d love to see the two most dominant players to play center go against each other: Wilt vs Shaq

  115. Tiko says:

    NO Dwyane Wade???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    NO Vince Carter????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  116. Joshua says:

    You left Shaq off of the list… and Lebron not a PF.

  117. whoa says:

    Kobe Bryant. It’s the only game where Kobe passes the ball.lol.. shaun why dont you just get straight to the point that kobe is ballhogger lol..

  118. asdf says:

    and how about it being elgin>hawkins>dr.j>mj>young kobe? yeah better rite, give the man what he deserves

  119. asdf says:

    hahah shaun powell is fun.. he is a public kobe hater, he loves lebron and hates kobe. feel the sting from his greatness shaun, feel it. Kobe is the best player ever, along magic and of course MJ.

  120. joshua says:

    wat about Dwayne Wade … he is better than LBJ

  121. Seb says:

    YES!!! Finally Nash gets some love! Picks I was surprised with were D-Rose and an omission of John Stockton, although I guess Stock was an efficiency man but not so much an entertainment man. Awesome list!

  122. Brad says:

    Well, you forgot Pippen (he actually dunked from the free throw line in 1990 Dunk Contest), dunked on Ewing & Terry Dehere quite well, 1994 MVP underrated soaring dunker.

    I LOVE that you remembered Kemp!!

    Others already mentioned Wade & Griffin.

    But also, Barkley went coast to coast in 1990 or 1991 in Miami A*G & got MVP – before LeBaron did it.

  123. Jake says:

    Shaun, I like your team and the topic, but I think you’ve gotta show a little more love to some more recent players.
    Vince Carter- If he’s not in the game then we’re all (V)insane. Has anyone else dunked over a 7 ft. man in a competitive game? I rest my case. (Good shooter, passer and dribbler too)
    Blake Griffin- Sure he hasn’t been around very long but he’s like a white Shuan Kemp but with more creativity. He makes the Clippers more exciting than the Lakers.
    Dwayne Wade aka “Flash”- He dunks easier and more often than any 6’4″ man I’ve ever seen. Plus hes clutch and makes bannana splits out of defenders.

    Shaq would also need an honorary spot on the team, so he could dance in the pre-game, throw passes through defenders (Dwight Howard) legs and entertain everyone throughtout the weekend.

    • nic says:

      “Has anyone else dunked over a 7 ft. man in a competitive game? I rest my case”

      Kobe Bryant over Dwight Howard in Dwight’s rookie year

      Blake Griffin hasn’t even played in an allstar game yet…

    • SovaTheKid says:

      Blake Griffin is more creative than Shawn Kemp? Quit riding Blake’s n%$s, he is a very good player but compared to Shawn Kemp as a power forward he is nowhere near, as far as talent and straight ruggedness. Shawn would poster anybody in his day, no matter how tall. Just ask Chris Gatling. As a matter of fact he would poster anybody in today’s time. God how I miss the good old days when NBA stood for tough, physical, competitive unlike today’s game. Touch fouls?? I’m sure the next step is getting a foul called just by giving a player a dirty look.

      • Jake says:

        Everyone whines about how the game isn’t physical anymore and how things used to be so much better in the good old days and blah blah blah. I have to wonder if the people making those comments really watch the games anymore. Did you see the Finals last year? That was a tough, physical, competitive series and there have been plenty of other matchups like it. By the way, Blake is more creative than Kemp. Kemp would dunk over people, and he was talented and powerful for sure, but Blake dunks over people in ways I’ve never seen before plus he pulls out moves like a 360 layup that you can’t do in a video game.

  124. Gary says:

    My ultimate All-Star game would be.

    West
    PG: Magic – Payton – Nash
    PF: Malone – Hakeem – Kemp – Barkley
    SG: Kobe – Ginobili – Carter – Dirk
    C: Kareem – Duncan – Hakeem – Robison

    East
    PG: Isaiah – Iverson – Kidd
    PF: Garnett – Zo – Ewing – Lebron
    SG: Jordan – Gervin – Bird – Miller
    C: Shaq – Moses – Wilt – Russell

    Good topic by the way.

    • Gary says:

      My bad got Hakeem in there twice, replace PF one with Elton Brand.

    • Jake says:

      Duncan? I’m a HUGE Spurs fan, but Duncan is the antithesis of the All-star game.

    • Surette says:

      Carter should definitely be on this teams. One of the greatest dunkers of all time in his prime. I’d go as far as saying he was the best.

    • ABC says:

      Dirk @ SG???

    • cris says:

      wouldn’t kidd play on the western conference all-stars since he plays for the mavs n ur replacement elton brand plays for the sixers making him an eastern all-star

      • Who R U? says:

        I put Kidd there based on his time at the Nets. That’s when I liked him the most. I put Brand there based on his days as a Clipper, which were his best to me.

    • Marc says:

      Yo Gary i got a sure list for you…

      West
      PG:Stockton, Payton, Nash, Magic
      SG:Hornecek, Kobe, Maravich, Gervin, West
      SF:Worthy, Baylor, Kevin Johnson
      PF:K. Malone, Horry, Rodman, Nowiztky, Barkley, Webber
      C: Mikan, Robinson, Olajuwon, Abdul-Jabar, Chmberlain

      East
      PG:Thomas, Starks, Archibald, Kerr, Jackson
      SG:Jordan, Dumars, Iverson, Miller, Drexler
      SF:Pippen, Wilkins, Dr. J, Bird, Lebron
      PF:McHale, Garnett, L. Johnson,R. Wallace, H. Grant
      C:Shaq, Mourning, Ewing, Parish, Russell

      and there are more that im missing i just can’t think of that deserve to be on this list.

  125. trix says:

    If you talking entertainers I would definately want d-wade in there. He is as flashy as it gets. How about Blake. I know he is a rookie but he sure is entertaining