West starters: K.D. goes Hollywood


Somebody get Kevin Durant a pair of sunglasses and a tuxedo to wear on the red carpet. That way he’ll feel right at home as an honorary member of Team Hollywood for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.

It’s two Lakers, two Clippers and the two-time scoring champion from Oklahoma City who’ll make up the starting lineup for the Western Conference on Feb. 26 in Orlando.

Forwards

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City – Crashing the All-L.A. party, he is to the West what LeBron James is to the East: the standard-bearer and a no-brainer pick (26.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.1 apg). Kobe Bryant may still be the reigning royalty in the lineup, but this fresh prince is getting ready for an MVP trophy and maybe a crown.

Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers – The Mayor of Lob City (21.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg) is back to do more than just dunk over a Kia. The argument can be made that this is Kevin Love’s spot. But go ahead, ask Kendrick Perkins who he voted for, just as soon as everybody stops calling him Timofey Mozgov.

Guards

Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers– The West’s leading vote-getter continues to amaze at 33. He leads the league in scoring (30 ppg). He tries to answer every challenge. He single-handedly keeps the Lakers relevant. All this with a torn wrist tendon that would sideline most players. LeBron and K.D. have passed him by? You tell him.

Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers – Griffin made the Clippers fun to watch, but it’s the passing and all-around skills of CP3 (19.2 ppg, 9.1 apg, 2.5 spg) that makes them contenders in the West. He’s the perfect set-up man and a clutch scorer who has no rival in today’s game when it comes to his handle.

Center

Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers – In his seventh season, the 24-year-old is staying healthy and reaching his potential, averaging 16.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game with 11 double-doubles. Some might say the glamour of playing in Hollywood got Bynum many of his votes and starting berth. But the truth is that he’s earned it.

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  5. DianaRQ says:

    hey I just want to know if Steve Nash is considered to be on the all-star game :)

  6. shinra says:

    love over griffin? come on guys, this is allstar game… people want to see more hangtime, slamming jamming game… i admit love got better numbers than griffin but my point is i think everybody wants to see griffin dunks rather than love…

  7. redz says:

    go Lakers…. Kobe is the best.. Lebron and Wade is to dumb.. they not know how to play real basketball

  8. cheese says:

    NA…. what the .. LOVE on reserve?? that’s not fair blake is not on that position without CP3.. love is a double double monster.. and maybe the best power forward soon…

  9. Clementine says:

    This is a nice starting line up.
    But…Dirk Nowitzki, on the reserve? I mean, what the heck. 2011 Finals MVP, he deserves more than that. We all know how a great player he is and great players have low times but it doesnt erase the fact that he is a great player. Some guys are just stats addict, blinded of a what a player can do a for a team, to win!

  10. henry says:

    my west starters:
    chris paul
    kobe bryant
    lamarcus aldridge
    blake griffin/kevin love(hard to decide)
    kevin durant

  11. Elroy says:

    Blake Griifn STARTING!?!? Lamarcus Aldridge and Love’s are better and having better seasons. I dont get it. Dirk isnt on the list of reserves as of yet, another PF better than Blake. Everybody else on the starting team earned their spot as the best at the position for the conferance.

  12. Jake2012All-Star says:

    +Kevin Love
    -Andrew Bynum

    Chris Paul
    Kobe Bryant
    Kevin Durant
    Blake Griffin
    Kevin Love

  13. Sam from Portland says:

    Blake Griffin SHOULD NOT be an All-Star!!! The NBA is moronic for letting the public vote. The only reason he is on the All-star team is because of Sports Center and all the publicity they give him. If All-stars were determined by stats (and not the ill informed public), Kevin Love would be the starter and LaMarcus Aldridge would be the reserve. If All-stars were determined by SKILL…. LaMarcus would be the starter. He OWNS Love and Griffin head to head. It’s sad that LaMarcus is going to get snubbed a second year in a row, even though he is the best PF in the West.

  14. never alone says:

    dont be stupid. u guys voted for these starters so now live with it. love is not popular. nene not popular. its fame that earns u the spot

  15. lakers2winitall says:

    How can people want Love to start over Blake when his team just made it to 500. If Blake didn’t have such a good team he would probably average #s as good as Love or better. And stop comparing LeBum to Kobe, 5 reasons why and all you haters know what they are.

  16. Veterans says:

    I miss guys like Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Paul pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, Tim Duncan, Yao Ming, Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas, Shaquille O’Neal, Brandon Roy, Mike Bibby, Tracy McGrady, Michael Redd. These guys should be on the all-star team. They are the true legends.

  17. L.A.Lakers says:

    Congratulations Andrew Bynum. He truely is the second best Center in the NBA. 16ppg, 11rpg 1bpg and a great shooting percentage. Love should be the starter because he is the best PF in the NBA. Blake Griffin is the second best. I agree with everyone else starting. Should be a good all star game. I hope that Stern chooses the reserves wisely, meaning get LaMarcus Aldridge on the all-star team. Roy retiring, Oden injured all the time, lossing and losing key players. He is leading this team to the playoffs he deserves to be on the team. Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Marc Gasol also deserve to be on the team. No Dirk, No Tim Duncan, No Pau Gasol. Please other guys are playing better and are much younger. These guys already had their success and fame and were all-stars. It is time for the other guys to get the all-star nod. It is their time. And please don’t put Steve Nash. No old farts there are yound super star guards in this league that deserve to be on that team.

  18. FAIR-BUT-TOUGH says:

    LOL@TroyG so what your saying is Kobe & Bynum arent deserving on the allstar team because there respective team sits at 7th seed in the west?? Mind u the Lakers are 1 win & 1 loss away from the 2nd seed! Yes thats how tight this season is but never mind that, your argument is how can the future hall of famer the NBA leading scorer and the second best center in the game today make an allstar game??? Ok i cant answer because u wont like my answer ahahahaha

  19. Lakers R Us says:

    Congratulations to Andrew Bynum; my man! You finally made it! I’ve been waiting for the day I see him as an all star! I think he deserves it this year! Hats off to Kobe and the other LA players; CP3 and Blake, (slam dunk king) Griffith! Go WEST! Beat Lebron and the east because I know they think they are better than you guys! LMAO!

  20. jay says:

    KEVIN LOVE???
    LEMARCUS ALDRIDGE???

    HELLOOOO What about DIRK NOWITZKI
    In this Shortened Season the finals MVP should definitly get the spot. His ppg is SLIGHTLY down but the Mavericks are still winning.

    You people are obsessed with stats, watch the games and yu’ll know the top player statistically isn’t always the best player

  21. charles says:

    Great choices. How can you challenge choices like this? Andrew Bynum is the guy least talented but no other center can replace him at this point in the west. The only argument is Kevin Love or Griffin? The stats are in Love’s side, but the record is in Griffin’s side. This will be a fun rivalry to watch over the years.

  22. TroyG says:

    Amazing that a team that is barely an 8 seed has 2 starting allstars. Time to look past the failing Lakers and get more deserving allstars from winning teams in.

  23. Quintin says:

    KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE #KobeSystem #TeamWest

  24. the real king james says:

    west reserves for me would be:

    rubio
    westbrook
    gay
    aldridge
    love

    gallinari
    nowitzki

  25. lord p says:

    Bynum allstar starter???

  26. $ says:

    Where is Marcin Gortat?!

  27. samudro says:

    No Nash, No Nowitzki, No Duncan ? Nothing from the world champion? are you kidding me?

  28. monkey says:

    top 5 in the history of dunks?? cmon man… i would say iguodala’s dunk over gerald wallace back in 2010 was even better. cmon shaq… you don’t know what you’re saying.

  29. daniel says:

    we want il GALLO!!!!

  30. ika says:

    what abaut rubio?

  31. JouleWinkz says:

    you guys who dont agree should think that you are just ONE fan like anybody else who voted… allstar game is an offering to the fans… tell me when griffin and love puts a show at the same time on a diff yet adjacent venue… where do you think would there be a bigger crowd?

  32. Maikeru says:

    Yeah…Glamour pave the way to Bynum in All Star..Its just that there is no other option for the West…

  33. wow says:

    should have been Kevin Love on griffin slot. most voters only care about dunks. KL is way better player.

  34. Pam says:

    The West starters line-up is ridiculous. Where is the variety? Where is TIM DUNCAN?

  35. prix says:

    best match up Durant and Lebron…Blake will posterize Melo but that would be his field goal…Paul will be outplayed by Rose, we hope Nash will make it…Bynum will be scoreless coz he will have an early foul trouble with Dwight…and Wade will make Kobe realize that it´s time to retire…East will burn the West

    • sbfern805 says:

      thats if wade doesnt twist his ankle again…and has to sit out!!! the BLACK MAMBA would bandage that ankle and keep on playing and show no pain!!! and still get the MVP trophy!!!… and you know it

  36. Evan says:

    I rewalize that the All-star starters are by fan vote, and I did vote, but some of these fans need to pull their head out of their a–es and see reality, I am saying this mostly about the West. I am a big Utah Jazz fan, and to see 4 of the five starters from two teams is frustrating. I understand that the All-Star game is about show but changing it up a little would not hurt. Maybe have the coaches choose both the starters and reserves. Or choose players from teams that have the best records but seeing the same guys every year is getting lame.

  37. can't beleive it says:

    how did aldridge once again get snubbed? and how did artest get more votes than crash wallace? barkley’s right, fans shouldn’t vote.

  38. Beast Man says:

    Kevin Love definetly deserved the starting spot. Griffin is no doubt an allstar and flashy player, but he doesn’t get done what Love does. Love is the best PF in the game. 4th in scoring and 2nd in rebounding. Nobody can play as tough in the paint while still having one of the best 3 point shots in the game like Love. If (when) the t-wolvez pick it up and make the playoffs, Love should get some serious consideration for MVP.

  39. Adam says:

    All this proves is that it’s the All-Popularity Team, not the All-Star Team. Kevin Love’s game isn’t as high-flying as Blake Griffin’s, but he’s putting in 4 points and 2 boards more ON AVERAGE every single night. Love should be the starter without question.

    • lakermig says:

      you are right love is a better player than griffin but the all-star game is really all about show and you have to admit who would you rather watch kev love or griffin ?

  40. mediterraneandietrecipebook says:

    Love should be in Griffin’s position. He deserve’s more than just a back up spot in the all west team.

  41. tyler says:

    blake Griffin over kevin love come on?

    • leohimself says:

      all day! when I watch the all star game i want to be entertained not bored with jumpshots and ugly post moves. Love is a good player but he’s not enough flamboyant to be an all star starter. Same for Aldridge and other similar players.

    • OKCKD35 says:

      agreed kevin love is much better than griffin, but remember its the KIA all start weekend, got to have the KIA spokesperson there.

  42. heyjude says:

    Not 1 Blazer made the starter list!! When the Blazers take the Championship it will be “in your face!”

  43. Jack Mehoff says:

    4 LA players ain’t bad at all

  44. kobe says:

    14 straight all -star starts..just amazing ..at 33 and all those injuries and all the minutes played..best player in the world ..

    • lakermig says:

      HELLLLZZZZ YEAHHHHH

      • gamezone101 says:

        ilove to see ’10 all star mvp rises among them
        because of his ability and will to win…

        flash…flash…flash…

    • LOL says:

      KB best player right now? No definitely not. While still a nice talent, he doesnt even compare to Lebron James at this point. Sorry bout it.

      • sbfern805 says:

        Kobe is not the best player right now…he is 33 and its not the same as 4-5 years ago… i’ll give you that. Now will Lebron ever get to Kobe Bryant’s legacy? and i quote ” HE DOESNT EVEN COMPARE TO KOBE AT THIS POINT. SORRY BOUT IT” -LOL You see Kobe Bryant has showed all he is capable of which makes him the best player in the NBA. Lebron sits out for insignificant injuries while Kobe plays through any pain. Lebron has the Tin Man syndrome…NO HEART while Kobe wants to leave the NBA as the greastest player to EVER play the game. You see that difference alone makes Kobe better than Lebron by FAR!!! and AMEN to that!!

    • OKCKD35 says:

      Kobe WAS the best player in the world for quite a long time. Anyone catch who won that game last night? Also who shot over 50% with 33 points and who shot 30% with 24 points? yeaaaaa

  45. PELVERT LORA says:

    TIME FOR EAST!!! MAKE WAY FOR MY TEAM PLEASE ESPECIALLY TO “DURANT AND KOBE” !!!

  46. allknowing says:

    Lamarcus Aldridge should be the starter.

  47. Sea Pea says:

    Nene over Bynum all day..

    • sbfern805 says:

      Yes NENE OVER BYNUM!! especially since Bynum’s stats are better than NENE’S on a much better team. Bynum beats NENE by 2.6 ppg,1 whole bpg, and 3.7 rpg. But you are right, the wrost player should be the starter… LMAO! I love it when people talk non sense….

  48. krystal says:

    this is great with CP3 and Kobe on the same team…….. this team is fire I from New york but this is going to be a tough game, I don’t know who to go for.

  49. abcdefg says:

    I wonder whos on the bench