Hard Choices On All-Star Reserves





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – You’ve already seen HT’s picks for the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves and Western Conference All-Star reserves. You know we threw out conventional wisdom and the rules and rewarded the guys who are playing the best, regardless of listed position, on the best teams and lobbied hard for them to be included in the big party that will go on in Orlando in a couple of weeks.

Well, tonight it becomes official.

The All-Star reserves will be announced exclusively on TNT at 7 p.m. ET, with Ernie Johnson holding court with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal as the coach’s selections for the reserves are unveiled to the public.

Does LaMarcus Aldridge finally get his due? What about Luol Deng and Josh Smith? Did the coaches do the right thing? Did they overlook the Suns’ rough start and put Steve Nash where he belongs? Is Paul Pierce going to have some Celtics company in Orlando? We can only hope they read up on our suggestions and did what needed to be done.

They had all the resource materials anyone could need.

Our very own Steve Aschburner weighed in with his picks for the Eastern Conference reserves, fine picks all around, even if we didn’t agree on all of them (one man’s snub is another man’s All-Star).

And our main man Fran Blinebury came through with his picks for the Western Conference reserves, celebrating Nash’s 38th birthday with a well-deserved bid to Orlando for the league’s assist leader.

We’ll find out tonight!

61 Comments

  1. SomeOne says:

    I think Rondo, Rubio, Monta Ellis deserve a spot
    Here’s my pick
    East
    G: Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson
    F: Josh Smith, Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodola, Luol Deng
    C: Roy Hibbert
    West
    G: Monta Ellis, Ricky Rubio
    F: Rudy Gay, Kevin Love, LaMrcus Aldridge, Paul Milsap
    C: Marc Gasol

  2. DJ1234567890 says:

    I have better reserve picks

    East
    G-Joe Johnson
    G-Deron Williams
    G/F-Andre Iguodala
    F-Paul Pierce
    F-Josh Smith
    F-Danny Granger
    F/C-Chris Bosh

    West
    G-Russell Westbrook
    G-Tony Parker
    G/F-Rudy Gay
    F-LaMarcus Aldridge
    F-Kevin Love
    F-Pau Gasol
    F/C-Marc Gasol

  3. DJ1234567890 says:

    Hey, everybody, has anybody remembered this??? If Al Horford was not injured, then I would take him over both Josh Smith AND Amar’e Stoudemire!!!

  4. Derek says:

    Monta Ellis should be a starter hands down he is better than Russell westbrook

  5. CoachAiree says:

    East reserves
    Paul Pierce F
    Andre Iguodala G
    Roy Hibbert C
    Chris Bosh F
    Deron Williams G
    Joe Johnson G
    Luol Deng F

    West reserves
    Marc Gasol C
    Lamarcus Aldridge F
    Dirk Nowitzki F
    Kevin Love F
    Russell Westbrook G
    Steve Nash G
    Tony Parker G

    I’m going to be right…trust me

  6. ladycharm says:

    zydronas ilougaskas my idol…deserve to be all star..

  7. Joe says:

    East reserves:
    Andre Iguodala
    Chris Bosh
    Paul Pierce
    Joe Johnson
    Brandon Jennings
    Josh Smith
    Rajon Rondo

    West reserves:
    Lamarcus Aldridge
    Monta Ellis
    Rudy Gay
    Tony Parker
    Kevin Love
    Paul Millsap
    Russell Westbrook

  8. Vraj Gandhi says:

    You have to be out of your mind to not include Luol Deng. Anyone who says Luol Deng doesn’t deserve an all star appearance does not watch the NBA. Without him, the Bulls lose A) The anchor to their defense B) Their second leading scorer C) Their team leader in Minutes played and D) A shot at the NBA title.

  9. Dirty SOUTH says:

    WHAT ABOUT JOSH SMITH!! MAN YALL CRAZY

  10. dean says:

    How can everyone forget about Anderson Verejao? He’s getting double doubles almost every game he’s keeping the Cavs alive this season

  11. Kayvon says:

    No Josh Smith? Wooooow. Most underrated and under appreciated player in the NBA. Paul Pierce did not deserve to make it… nor did Dirk.

  12. Jonas says:

    Dirk hasnt played good so far this season, but i definitively think want him in the team after what we whitnessed last June. And to be fair, in the last three games he looks fine again, maybe he will get back in rythm soon.

  13. Erik says:

    Greg Monroe

  14. Roy says:

    Chris Bosh does NOT deserve to be an All Star, and neither does Stoudamire. They both have not been playing up to there exectations and are not at the same level they were last year, or the year before.
    East Reserves. Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala, Josh Smith, Roy Hibbert or Danny Granger, Brandon Jennings (has kept Milwaukee in playoff spot single handedly), and Deron Williams i guess.
    West Reserves: Kevin Love, Lamarcus Aldridge, Monta Ellis, Kyle Lowry, Tony Parker, Danillo Galanari, Rudy Gay

  15. mj23 says:

    Deng might be just as important to the Bulls as D Rose. Besides, the team with the best record should have more than one in the game . . .

  16. sweede says:

    NBA is sleeping on Greg Monroe at center for the East

  17. michael says:

    bulls have the best record in the league….again….and again only get 1 All-Star. deng getting snubbed again is just a travesty.

  18. antoniskoul says:

    deron

  19. Jan says:

    of course Dirk, he´s getting back on track now :)

  20. Puerto Rico lo hace mejor says:

    My choice:
    East:
    G- Deron Williams
    G- Joe Johnson
    F- Andre Iguodala
    F- Chris Bosh
    F- Paul Pierce
    F- Josh Smith
    C- Greg Monroe
    West:
    G – Russell Westbrook
    G – Tony Parker
    G- Monta Ellis
    F- Kevin Love
    F- LaMarcus Aldrige
    C- Marc Gasol
    C- Al Jefferson

  21. Jaymoney says:

    these are my picks
    east:
    derpn williams
    rajon rondo
    joe johnson
    amare stoudemire
    paul pierce
    chris bosh
    josh smith

    west:
    kevin love
    lamarcus aldridge
    russell westbrook
    steve nash
    monta ellis
    pau gasol
    rudy gay

  22. Greg says:

    Does Steve Aschburner actually consider Deron Williams neither an all star nor a snub, or did he just completely forget about him? Going with the latter, nice work.

  23. Tim says:

    WHAT ABOUT ANDERSON VAREAJO HES HAVING A GREAT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all star game is begining to be a popularity contest….TAKE OUT FAN VOTING HAVE COASCHES ONLY! SAME WITH DUNK CONTEST…TAKE OUT FAN VOTING!!!!!

  24. playoffs baby! says:

    EAST

    G – Deron Williams
    G – Joe Johnson
    F – Andre Iguodala
    F – Josh Smith
    C – Chris Bosh
    WC – Lou Williams
    WC – Ryan Anderson

    WEST

    G – Tony Parker
    G – Russell Westbrook
    F – Paul Millsap
    F – LaMarcus Aldridge
    C – Kevin Love
    WC – Monta Ellis
    WC – Marc Gasol

  25. fernando says:

    Luol Deng has to be on that list…

  26. asg 2012 says:

    EAST

  27. Dougie says:

    John Wall should appear on “Dacing with the stars” LOL

  28. All Stars says:

    East
    PG-Rajon Rondo
    SG-Ray Allen
    SF-Paul Pierce
    PF-Josh Smith
    C-Chris Bosh
    West
    PG-Steve Nash
    SG-Russel Westbrook
    SF-Danilo Gallinari
    PF-Kevin Love
    C-Lamarcus Aldrige

  29. Jeffery WATER says:

    Maaannnnn i wanted monta ellis to a all star…………

  30. LA 4 pres. says:

    let’s not snub aldridge again, that man has put in the work and the numbers for the last couple years. and the way bosh and j smooth have picked up their games this season would make it a shame to leave them hanging. either of them should be starting over melo. but reserve is good too.

  31. KaroLT says:

    JOSH SMITH a definite Reserve for the ALL STARS….

  32. alberto says:

    and ricky rubio?

  33. word says:

    what about world peace? its his time

  34. NBAfan2006-present says:

    East reserves should be Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Danny Granger, Josh Smith, & Deron Williams
    West reserves should be Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Dirk Nowitzki, Lamarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Monta Ellis and Kevin Martin

  35. avezax says:

    Brian “White Mamba” Scalabrine !

  36. Melvin Conner says:

    John Wall should be a All-star reserve he deserves it

  37. Cedric says:

    Tony Parker TonyParker

  38. nobody says:

    if luol deng isn’t selected rose is going to have to be the mvp again. how come the team with the best record only has one player? maybe rose is doing it by himself again

  39. GF says:

    Aldridge absolutely deserves to be an All Star!

  40. Jaykwan says:

    Thibs + Luol in the All-Star game = the Bulls are having a pretty good season.

    Make my dreams come true.

  41. Vanja Madridista says:

    Tony Parker definitely! He outplayed Westbrook with 42 points, and yesterday he scored 37. He is one of the in-form players currently, and Andre Iguodala in the East, simply because his game is attractive and he deserved it throughout his NBA career. Monta Ellis is another name to mention for the West team.

  42. André says:

    What about Monta Ellis, he deserves a spot I think !

  43. Marco Polo says:

    Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, and Garnet Kevin are over.
    Amaré Stoudmire and Joe Johnson next time

    West:
    C – Marc Gasol
    F – LaMarcus Aldridge
    F – Kevin Love
    G – Russell Westbrook
    G – Tony Parker
    wild card – Steve Nash
    wild car – Rudy Gay

    East:
    Chris Bosh
    Andre Iguodala
    Deron Williams
    Rajon Rondon
    Brandon Jennings
    Josh Smith
    neither Luel Deng OR Carlos Boozer

  44. ea says:

    If Nash does not make it, i’m not watching the game

  45. Monroe G... says:

    It seems that your East reserves contains 4 Boston players, and that tells that u are a Boston fan… From those four, only Pierce desereves a place, and maybe Rondo, but if we choose a play, I would rather go with D-Will…

    My choice:

    East

    G Deron Williams
    G Joe Johnson
    F Andre Iguadala
    F Danny Granger
    F Paul Pierce
    F Josh Smith/ F/C Amar’e
    C/F Chris Bosh

    West

    G Russell Westbrook
    G Tony Parker
    G Monta Ellis/Ty Lawson
    F Rudy Gay/ Paul Millsap
    F LaMarcus Aldridge
    F/C Kevin Love
    C Al Jefferson/ Mark Gasol

  46. need4sheed says:

    East
    PG-Rondo
    SG-Joe Johnson
    SF-Josh Smith
    PF-Ryan Anderson
    C- Roy Hibbert

    West
    PG- Steve Nash
    Sg- Monta Ellis
    SF- Gallinari (Gerald Wallace as injury replacement)
    PF- Lamarcus Aldridge
    C- Marcus Camby

  47. DJ1234567890 says:

    My reserve picks are…

    East
    G-Rajon Rondo
    G-Ray Allen
    G-Joe Johnson
    F-Paul Pierce
    F-Kevin Garnett
    F-Josh Smith OR F/C-Amar’e Stoudemire
    F/C-Chris Bosh

    West
    G-Russell Westbrook
    G-Tony Parker
    G-Steve Nash OR F/C-Pau Gasol
    F-LaMarcus Aldridge
    F-Kevin Love
    F-Dirk Nowitzki
    F/C-Tim Duncan

    • St. Timothy says:

      yeah timmy should be there too as a back up center since he’s listed as F/C..

    • MigRig says:

      you are clearly a celtics fan, they are disgusting picks!

    • Joaquin says:

      hell no, Duncan is NOT an All-star, he is a historic player and one of the all-time best but he is NOT an star now, he is a solid player but not a star.

  48. Fefe says:

    You can also put Ty Lawson or Nene instead of Galinari (cuz he is injured)

  49. Fefe says:

    East:

    Joe Johnson, Andre Iguodola, Chris Bosh, Josh Smith, Paul Pierce, Roy Hibbert, Luol Deng. Let’s give spots to deserving players, and not give spots to players who always go to the ASG.
    (just rearrange the roster to put Iggy as SG even if he played more SF – after all he’s a forward-guard).
    Left out: Brandon Jennings, Danny Granger, Ryan Anderson, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams

    West:

    Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, Danilo Galinari, Al Jefferson
    Left out: Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Kyle Lowry, Monta Ellis, Rudy Gay, Paul Millsap, Pau Gasol.

    • Mark says:

      Id put Rondo over Deng. Maybe Jennings over Joe Johnson. I agree w/ the rest of your east lineup.
      In the West I’d put Nash or Lowry or Lawson or A.Miller over Gallinari. agree w/ the rest.

    • CoachAiree says:

      J-Smoove not in, but D-Will is
      Danilo, and Al Jefferson not in, Dirk and Lowry are

  50. corey pena says:

    what about parker??? tony parker??? it will be a travesty of injustice if the 2nd best team in the west doesn’t have their current leader in points and asiists represent them this year…smh

  51. Goven says:

    Josh smith eserve more than luol deng, paul pierce os stoudemire.