NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced: Stephen Curry and LeBron James Head to Gotham

Stephen Curry and the Warriors have dominated the competition…

2015 NBA All-Star Starters Exclusively Announced on TNT.

We Live in Brooklyn Baby…

Oh, that was shameless plug? My bad, the game is in MSG, but events will also be held at the Barclays Center, so yeah, it’s Roy Ayers all day.

Ah, a reason to push aside the foolishness of #DeflateGate. On that, I have but one comment:

 

For once, I don’t have big problems with the picks. This might be the last we see of Kobe (don’t count on it) in All-Star competition, so let beans go out like his legacy serves.

Let a legend be legendary…

If Kobe doesn’t go, James Harden will likely step in and start.

DeMarcus Cousins should be starting though. I agree with Shaq on that. Should be a fun weekend. Expect a record scoring total.

Stephen Curry, in his 2nd appearance for the 34-6 Warriors and led all voters, is back-court mates on Western Conference team with Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Beans is in his 17th straight start. Anthony Davis, the otherworldly young do-everything center from the New Orleans Pelicans, is in his first start and 2nd appearance. Grizzlies Marc Gasol, the same as Davis and in his 5th game and 4th as a starter, the Clippers Blake Griffin rounds out the starting five.

Going back representing Cleveland, LeBron James starts in his 11th All-Star affair. Carmelo Anthony of the slumping Knicks is back in his 8th game. Bulls Pau Gason is in his 5th game and first in 4 years. John Wall of the Wizards will man the point in his 1st year as a starter and 2nd overall and will pair in the back court with Toronto’s Kyle Lowry — who has finally made the All-Star game in his 9th season.

No Dwyane Wade and no Chris Bosh. Crazy how much difference a year makes…

Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer will coach the East, and the Warriors Steve Kerr will lead the West. The game will be seen in 215 countries, so remember that come CBA time…

Ya hear?

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Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

 

Western Conference All-Star starters:

   

Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies
Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers

 

Barkley on Rockets guard James Harden as a deserving All-Star starter: “James Harden should be starting. I love Kobe Bryant, but James Harden is in the race for MVP with [Warriors point guard] Steph Curry. He deserves to be starting in the All-Star Game. The Lakers stink and Kobe hasn’t played enough games. James Harden should be starting…plain and simple. Harden has been fantastic.”

 

O’Neal on Bryant: “It’s been rumored that he may shut it down after this year. Fans are saying, ‘This could be Kobe Bryant’s last All-Star game. I want to see him one last time.”

 

Smith on Bryant vs. Harden: “This is a fan’s list. I’d rather see Kobe Bryant as a fan. If I’m a player, picking my team to win the championship this year, then I’m picking James Harden.”

 

Eastern Conference All-Star starters: 

 

John Wall Washington Wizards
Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
Pau Gasol Chicago Bulls
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks

 

Smith on the Gasol brothers being the first set of brothers to ever face each other in an NBA All-Star Game: “It’s crazy. Two guys in the same household are two of the top 10 most popular players in the world and two of the top 10 players in the game at their position.”

 

Barkley on Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony being named an All-Star starter: “I do have a problem with Carmelo [being named a starter]. I just don’t understand. Fans have to be honest and realistic.”

 

Smith on Anthony: “He has accumulated a big amount of fans over his career who will ride or die with him.”

 

O’Neal on players from losing teams being named All-Stars: “We have to come to the realization that there are two types of fans. There are fans that think like Chuck: ‘His team’s not winning. I don’t care who he is, he’s not an All-Star.’ Then there are fans like me: ‘This guy has great numbers. As a single individual, he is an All-Star.”

 

TNT’s Inside the NBA team pick their Western Conference reserves:

 

Barkley
James Harden Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs

 

Smith
James Harden Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
Dwight Howard Houston Rockets

 

O’Neal
James Harden Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

 

Johnson
James Harden Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder

 

Barkley on Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins: “He has played very well. He deserves to make the All-Star team. Shaq wants to anoint him as the best big man in the game and I cannot do that. If you put up good numbers, but your team loses all the time, you might be part of the problem. However, the kid is a terrific talent.”

 

O’Neal on Cousins: “He’s the best center in the league. When I was coming up, it was all based on numbers. Nobody is playing better than Cousins.”

 

Barkley on Spurs power forward Tim Duncan: “Tim Duncan has played well this year. He has been the best player on the Spurs, that’s why I put him on the team.”

 

Smith on his choice of Thunder point guard Russell Wesbtrook over Tim Duncan: “Any time you say Tim Duncan is an All-Star, you can’t be wrong. It’s just a personal preference. I was very close to putting Duncan in, but Russell Westbrook, without question, healthy or not healthy, is the most lethal guard in basketball. There is no one more lethal, not even Steph Curry. He has to be an All-Star.”

 

Barkley on Mavericks point guard Monta Ellis as an All-Star candidate: “There is just a glutton of point guards in the Western Conference. The best player on the Mavericks is Monta Ellis. He’s never going to be [center] Dirk Nowitzki, but Ellis is just going to be beat [out for All-Star] by [Warriors guard] Klay Thompson, who is the best two-guard in the league.”

 

Smith on the Mavericks: “If the Dallas Mavericks were in the Eastern Conference, they would have three All-Stars.”

 

TNT’s Inside the NBA team pick their Eastern Conference reserves:

 

Barkley
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Al Horford Atlanta Hawks
Brandon Knight Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Korver Atlanta Hawks

 

Smith
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Al Horford Atlanta Hawks
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

 

O’Neal
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers
Bradley Beal Washington Wizards

 

Johnson
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards
Al Horford Atlanta Hawks
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Barkley on the Atlanta Hawks: “Atlanta Hawks deserve four All-Stars. I reward winning. The Hawks have the second-best record in the NBA.”

 

Smith on Bucks point guard Brandon Knight vs. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving: “The toughest decision for me was Brandon Knight or Kyrie Irving. Knight is not a better player in the long run, but I would pick him for this season and what he’s doing for his team. When LeBron James was out, [Cavs center] Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had an opportunity to separate themselves and show that they could carry a team without James…they didn’t’ do a good job of that. Knight is carrying the Bucks offensively. He is running the show.”

 

Barkley on Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver: “Steph Curry might be the best shooter in the NBA, but I would pay to see Kyle Korver. If I need one wide open jumper, I might go with Korver over Curry. He reminds me of Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr. ”

 

O’Neal on the Hawks: “They should have three or four guys that make the All-Star team, and I hope they do.”

 

Barkley on the Milwaukee Bucks: Milwaukee is one of the best kept secrets in the NBA. They lost [Bucks forward] Jabari Parker, who was arguably the Rookie of the Year, but they are still winning.”

 

Smith on Heat guard Dwyane Wade: “He gets the job done. You’re talking about an Eastern Conference that isn’t guard heavy.”

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