Blogtable: Second Half All-Stars

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

What player do you see breaking out of a mostly unimpressive first half to be a second half All-Star?


Steve Aschburner: Derrick Rose. The Chicago Bulls point guard has played well when he’s played, but missing nine games out of the first 32 his team played limited Rose’s impact and certainly kept him out of most MVP conversations. If he can stay relatively healthy from here, he’ll be able to mount a proper defense of that title — he’s shooting better (.46.1 percent) with a higher PER (24.7) than ever — and he might benefit from the lighter wear ‘n’ tear to the break.

Fran Blinebury: Kevin Garnett. Call it a hunch. Label it a gut feeling. I still think the noisy one will make himself heard before it’s over.

Scott Howard-Cooper: Jeremy Lin. The guy barely played the first half of the season. And besides, it’s been five minutes since someone mentioned his name. For real? Lamar Odom. I don’t know about second-half All-Star, but he will go from your required unimpressive opening to a finish of valuable contribution to Dallas’ title defense. He’s too good to be this invisible the entire season.

Shaun Powell:  Steph Curry hasn’t been a disaster or anything close to that with the Warriors, but he’s better than this. Limited by a bum ankle, his mobility was squeezed over the first few months but over the last few weeks we’ve seen more glimpses of his potential. He’s capable of averaging 20 a game and shooting 40 percent on threes, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he did both between now and late April. Not that anyone would notice; he plays for the Warriors, remember.

John Schuhmann: I assume we want a non-All-Star  here. So I’ll pick Arron Afflalo, who’s been a disappointment this season. He’s shooting 42 percent from the field (down from 50 percent) and 35 percent from 3-point range (down from 42 percent), and he’s got the worst plus-minus on the Nuggets. They’re in danger of losing their playoff spot and I think Afflalo can get them back into the hunt for a top four or five seed with a strong second half.

Sekou Smith: How about a player breaking out of an early slump and turning into a second half MVP? Dirk Nowitzki has already begun that transition. He admitted that he didn’t come back at the start of this season the way he finished the last one, as the most lethal and best clutch player in the game. But he took a little time off to get himself together and has been on a tear ever since, as have his Mavericks. In 14 January games Nowitzki averaged a pedestrian (by his standards) 15.1 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the floor and putrid 21 percent from deep. Through the first 11 games of this month he averaged  23.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 36 percent from long distance.

34 Comments

  1. Bynum says:

    If Kobe decides to share…you’ll be hearing plenty of me.

  2. Alfred Keefer says:

    Greg Monroe of the Piston. He keeps improving and so are the Pistons. I could see him average 20 points and 10 rebounds in the second half. He has almost that now while shooting a high field goal percentage.

  3. dq22 says:

    Well, I don’t think none of those guys should win MVP. For the 1st half Durant, Kobe and Lebron was the MVP canidates and these late bloomers shouldn’t be able to come up and claim no MVP trophy based on the last half of the game. The season started the same time for all and it’s no one else’s fault that Dirk wasn’t in shape but his own. Unless the other guys stop playing, none of the above mentions should be MVP. I know things happen, people get hurt but that’s life. Better luck next year.

  4. NEILBOI says:

    SCALABRINE!

  5. El Drake Shell says:

    Amare Stoudemire. It’s about that time for the Knicks to do the dam thing!

  6. Cash says:

    Funny no one hardly mentions the Spurs! Manu has been resting the rest of his body while nursing some injuries. He will be nice and healthy for the second half, watch out!!!

  7. chris says:

    MANU!!!!!!!!

  8. crazylittleliar says:

    Dirk, Rubio, Love, and Terry. Lin’s 70% sensational and 30% efficient.

  9. Coach Thibs says:

    Brian Scalabrine will be the MVP in the 2nd half of the season. He’ll win the starting spot over Boozer!

  10. steve says:

    i just know the lakers are not gonna win it all it will most likely be the underdogs or the miami heat

  11. steve says:

    brandon jennins is gonna pick up the second half and the bucks are gonna win it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. JD says:

    No, It’s gonna be Dwight Howard.

  13. Eduard says:

    Eddy Curry

  14. prix says:

    Dirk is aging so we all know he reserves his strength for the 2nd half..Wade will be bigger than Lebron till the season ends and Kobe will still win as the most arrogant player in the world and KG will surely make a noise and ended up in the bathroom…

  15. Rahul says:

    i agree with Frank

  16. taprot says:

    Boston’s big 3 +1

    • NBEATZ says:

      Boston No longer has a big 3, they have a big two but only for another year……IF Rondo doesn’t get traded. Paul and Rondo are there BIG 2. Garnette is done, only good for 25 minutes a night 12 Points and 7 RPG, he doesn’t even give you a block per game anymore. He would be great on a contending team needing to fill a posistion and is looking for someone to bring the intensity every night without a lot of numbers on the score board. Ray Is great fit with a team just like the C’s, but with a younger core of guys, he can still put up 14-20 PPG, but not for long. I can see him being a 6th man of the year if he was coming off the bench. BOSTON IS DONE…DOC you should have ran…..

  17. charles says:

    Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t been that great in the first half either.

  18. Montez says:

    Jason Terry. Do not sleep on the defending champs. They rounding into form.

  19. derrick says:

    Dirk Nowitzki clearly!!!

  20. robbay2 says:

    Stephen Jackson

  21. Luke says:

    Luol Deng? Kevin Love? And I know the next guy I mention won’t come anywhere close but I just really like Jeff Teague’s game! haha!

  22. Kratos' rage says:

    Forgot to mention Dirk Nowitski. This part of the season he gears up and put his game a notch higher to prepare for the post season.

  23. Luke's Mom says:

    Luke Walton

  24. DeeWig says:

    DIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRK!

  25. Belizeboy says:

    Gilbert Arenas

    • NBEATZ says:

      With What team???? The lakers???? You think he;s going to take anything away from Kobe??????? Not a chance

  26. lakers#1fan says:

    lakers win it all dis year!!!!

  27. lakers#1fan says:

    lakers win it al dis year!!!!!

  28. kobe says:

    metta world artest

  29. knickfan212 says:

    Carmelo Anthony

  30. Kratos' rage says:

    Jeremy Lin no doubt. Big turnaround for him and his team