Kevin Garnett has been injured and has basically missed a third of the season so far, plain and simple. How does someone become a starter on the All-Star Team when he has not been playing night in and night out? David Lee, now he is another story, I will get to him later. Just throwing his name in at the moment. KG is not even averaging big numbers, just mediocre at best: 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Come on, two assists? Okay, okay, that was a joke. Since KG has come back from injury, he has not looked the same. He is slower and he cannot rise up like he used to, which is affecting his game tremendously. If he cannot even play to full potential during a regular season game, what is he going to do at the All-Star Game, power layups? Fans voted to see an injured man, fans could just go to a retirement home for that.
I thought NBA coaches knew basketball? Guess not. When coaches are allowed to choose the reserves, I thought they would at least choose players that are having a monster season so far. Does Paul Pierce fit into that category? NO. Pierce is averaging: 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists. Dropping his averages from last season, when he made the All-Star Team. Josh Smith, remember that name too. I do not know what it is about Paul Pierce this season, but he just seems sluggish and slow. His shooting percentages are up from last season, but he his taking less shots. I have not really heard his name in the headlines but maybe he will finally start playing like an All-Star later in the season? That is why he is rewarded for it now, we can tell ourselves that at least.
Can someone say, overrated? Rajon Rondo is beyond overrated, people are already putting him in the top echelon of point guards, with Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Steve Nash. Those people are talking out of their minds or they are not even thinking correctly. Nicely put, they are just stupid. Rondo is averaging: 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists. I give it up to him that he is averaging a good amount of assists, but come on, who would not average nine assists when you just pass the ball to, "The Big Ticket," "The Truth," and "RayRay." Looking passed Rondo's assists, he averages two turnovers a game, an increase from last season. The most ridiculous stat about him is that he has a poor free throw percentage, 58%. We all know that he cannot shoot the ball, but being a point guard, at least hit your free throws? When a game is tight and times closing down to its last seconds, the opposing team would rather foul Rondo and put him on the line, instead of Perkins. That is pathetic, on Rondo's part. All Rondo does all game is push the ball down court when he can, then he waits for either Ray or Paul to finally get down court, and hand either one of them the ball. No, wait. He does way more than that right? Right. He also does that fake behind the back pass for a layup at least once or twice a game, even though it hardly goes in for him. That is Rondo's signature move for a brick layup, so if I was playing on the opposing team and saw that move coming, I would just get ready for the rebound.
On a brighter note, David Lee and Josh Smith. Those are two better than good replacements for any of the three I talked about earlier. Lee and Smith can take all three spots, and still fill up the stats. Lee is averaging: 19 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists. Smith is averaging: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists. Both players have played the whole season so far and are performing like superstars. David Lee is shooting 55% and Josh Smith, 51%. With Josh Smith, he did not make the All-Star Team because the Hawks already have two guys on the roster, Joe Johnson and Al Horford. Even so, why not let the Hawks have three deserving players on the All-Star Team, instead of three average Celtics? The problem with David Lee is that he plays on a team with an under .500 record. According to most analyst, players that play on a losing team do not deserve to be an All-Star. With that being said, how about if David Lee was not a part of the Knicks? The New Jersey Nets would not be the only team with a 4-40 record. I will just end my argument for David Lee and Josh Smith right now because I am sure you have heard it all day on ESPN.
The Celtics New Big 3 do not deserve to be All-Stars, and they themselves know that. The NBA should just do what American Idol does, have the fans vote, but in reality, there is already a chosen winner. Come on, if we all voted for Samuel Hung, if that was his name, I forget, people would really think he would be the first Idol? Please, Mr. Stern, fix the All-Star stupidity problem.