Carlos Boozer - I feel like I am deserving of an All-Star appearance

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Per KC Johnson:

"I know I missed some games with my broken hand, but I feel like I am
deserving of an All-Star appearance," Boozer said. "If not, I'm not
going to be disappointed. There are a lot of guys who feel they are
deserving. If I am there, I will be extremely happy. I'll tell you
that."

Coaches vote for reserves, and placed Boozer on the 2007 and 2008
Western Conference All-Star teams, though he missed one of those games
to injury.

"It's a huge honor because the coaches pick you," Boozer said. "I would
love to represent the Bulls with DRose in that game. It'd be a huge
honor. It'd be something I'd look forward to doing if I was able to. If
not, I'll go home and see my kids in Miami."

I don't take this one as any cockiness on Boozer's part.  It's pretty clear that someone asked him about whether he felt he should be an all-star and not something he just started screaming from the rooftops.

His stance is pretty reasonable.  He thinks he should be in, views it as an honor, but also seems understanding if the injury keeps him out.

As for whether he deserves it, let's look at what we have so far:

Derrick Rose,
Dwayne Wade,
LeBron James,
Amare Stoudemire,
Dwight Howard

That leaves seven spots left:

For the sake of argument, let's say they take three more big men from the East, and four wings/guards.

Is Boozer a top three big man of the remaining choices?  I say yes.  In fact, a case can be made that he's the next choice.

Kevin Garnett - Possibly the best defensive player of the remaining big men, and a versatile player who's stats are less because of his situation and lower minute total.  He's missed a good chunk of games like Boozer, and while his stats aren't as big, his impact on the game is just as big as Boozer's.   I think it's a toss up who is ahead of who here, but Garnett might get in ahead of Boozer due to reputation and games played.
 
Chris Bosh - Bosh has played more games than Boozer, and the Heat have a similar record to the Bulls.   However, he's only the third option on Miami and scores fewer points, grabs fewer rebounds, has fewer assists, and lower FG%.   On top of which, he isn't counted on to score in isolation as much as Boozer.  I also think that people view Bosh as much softer than Boozer which could be held against him in the coaches vote.

Al Horford - Horford's stats are down relative to the other guys under consideration because he doesn't play as many minutes as you'd expect out of a young big man.  Still, he's skilled and versatile and having a quality year.  His overall numbers are very efficient even if his totals aren't gaudy, and he defends well too.  Still, I can't see him getting in ahead of Boozer.

Andrea Bargnani - His scoring numbers are the highest of the
remaining guy, but his rebounding, defense, and team suck.  He's also
shooting only 44% from the field and 32.5% from the three point line, so
he's scoring a lot, but he's a chucker, he shouldn't be ahead of
Boozer.

Brook Lopez - His team sucks, he scores less, rebounds much less, and has fewer assists., and lower efficiency.   Maybe he's a better defender, and he does play center, so maybe he makes it on as a center, but it's hard to argue he's better than Boozer given he's worse in virtually every statistical category and on a bottom feeder team.

Andrew Bogut: 
His scoring is way down, his rebounds are better though, and he's a better defender and center.  He's also missed a decent chunk of games, and the Bucks are one of the more disappointing teams in the league.  I don't see how Bogut stands a chance.

Final thoughts

The only way Boozer doesn't get in is if the coaches decide they need to have a back up center and go with Brook Lopez then vote in Garnett and Bosh ahead of him.  He'll be hurt in the vote primarily for missing so many games this season, but I think in actual quality of play that he's better than everyone left except for Garnett (which is even debatable). 

As such, I think it's iffy whether he gets in or not.  The games played thing is a very powerful argument, but fortunately for Boozer he missed the front half of the season, so he's still in people's minds for the second half.  

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  • Boozer deserves to make it, but is probably only a 50/50 chance. I think Rondo/Allen/Pierce/Garnett/Horford make it as the positional backups, which leaves the two wild card positions open. Bosh and Boozer are right in the mix for those, but I think Bosh makes it ahead of Boozer so the chances of Boozer making it depend on the willingness to stack the team with bigs. Of the guards Joe Johnson and Felton haven't really made a strong case to be selected, and there's no obvious small forward deserving, so it could happen.

  • KG is a no-brainer over Boozer. Much better D.

    How are "Horford's stats are way down"? His PER is way up!

  • In reply to scottplummer:

    Because they're not down. That statement is false. They're up in PER, PPG, APG, FG%, FT% -- hence, eFG%, TS% -- along with higher usage.

  • In reply to scottplummer:

    Just horrible writing. I meant relative to the other players we're looking at, his numbers aren't that impressive, considerably fewer points and not as many rebounds as you'd expect out of a guy playing center.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Yeah, but he's definitely the 2nd best center, the numbers are very good, he's highly efficient, and a strong defender.

    Were he a four, I'd be with you that his D isn't as exceptional as KG to get the automatic ticket. But he's pretty much been the Hawks' everyman. I'm of the school that being on a losing team shouldn't hurt you, but being such a large reason for winning gives you a bump. That bump Manu probably gets if he edges out Monta Ellis.

  • In reply to LittleAlex:

    I don't view him as a real center. It'd be like if we just played Boozer at center.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I don't either, but the coaches have to vote for another C and I believe he is listed as one.

    They should vote Noah as the center, giving him honors, and knowing he wouldn't play, they then could pick another wild card

  • In reply to scottplummer:

    This is a pretty easy call in my opinion.

    PG: Rose (Rondo)
    SG: Wade (Johnson)
    SF: Lebron (Pierce)
    PF: Amare (Garnett)
    C: Howard (Horford)
    Extras: Boozer and Felton

    Boozer over Bosh easily in just about any category you can think of.
    Joe Johnson might not deserve it, but I think he's still better than Allen.
    Felton's numbers have dipped a bit, but I still like him as a 3rd PG over anyone else.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Not bad... I agree with most all of them except Felton. Instead, I would bring in Ray Allen one last time... Wade can play some point guard if needed.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Am I the only person who thinks 4 all-stars are way too much for 1 team? I mean, its not like Boston is challenging the best team ever status. I think either Rondo, Pierce, Allen, or Garnett have to be left off. The Bulls deserve at least 2, Atlanta deserves at least 1, and I don't think coaches really respect Chris Bosh so I think he becomes one of the odd men out.

    Also, sorry, Rondo is not on my All-Star team. He cannot shoot, averages 4 TO's per game, gambles too much on D, shoots 50% on free throws, scores 10ppg, and passes to 4 future HOF'ers...sorry Rondo, I'm passing on you

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    If you look at the two previous occasions of 4 all stars from the one team: Billups/Hamilton/Wallace/Wallace and Kobe/Shaq/Jones/Van Excel I think Rondo/Pierce/Allen/Garnett has a stronger case of being the deeper four. I mean which ever you want to call the worst of the Celtics four they're clearly better than Rip Hamilton or Nick Van Excel.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Two wrongs don't make a right, or in this case 3, but 3 lefts do! (try it right now)

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    and still not buying Rondo, and don't you talk bad about Van Excellent!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Would an All-Star slight create some more melodrama for Bosh and help derail the sensitive Heat chemistry right before the playoff positioning push?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    James: I'm the best player in the game and agreed to take the same salary as a non-all-star?!? I can play PF better you, ya lazy punk!
    Wade: Pardon? *Best* player in the game? I'm not so sure you're the best player on the team, Sport. Screw this, I'm going over to Gabrielle's.

  • I also wrote in favor of Boozer being an All-Star, getting that 12th spot, but no Horford is ridiculous. Saying Horford over Boozer requires a more detailed rationale.

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