Thursday, February 2, 2012

The 2012 All Stars: West

Continuing my All Star team with the Western Conference. Go here for the Eastern Conference.

C- Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
So I cheated. Love is technically a power forward, but he and the next guy were playing at such a crazy level that it would be wrong to leave either one of them off the team. Love scores 25.5 per game and grabs 13.5 rebounds. He is the best defensive rebounding power forward and shoots 40 percent from three as well. He also is getting fouled more, taking 9 free throws per game and making 80.6 percent of them.

PF- Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz
Millsap is part of the reason behind the Jazz's early contention in the West. He is an efficient scorer and solid defender. He gets most of his attempts at the rim where he finishes 76.5 percent. That rate is good for 5th among power forwards and he has attempted almost 40 more shots than any person ahead of him. He also doesn't turn it over with a 6.95 turnover rate.

SF- Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
He scores 27 per game and is shooting a career best 51.3 percent from the field. He also gets to the line 7.4 times per game and hits 82.3 percent. Durant gets it done on the glass, too, and is in the top 6 small forwards in total rebound rate. Add in 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game and Durant is the easy choice to start.

SG- Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
I need to get myself some Kobe System shoes. Bryant, at 33, is leading the league in scoring at a nice round 30 points per game. He has the third best total rebound rate for shooting guards. His usage rate is an insane 38.57, easily the highest in the league. Yet, he still dishes 5.4 assists per game.

PG- Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
The savior of Clipperland is proving worth the trade. He's averaging 18 points and 9 assists per game while owning the 2nd best turnover rate among point guards. He shoots 50.8/44.7/86.4 as far as percentages and adds 2.5 steals per game.

Bench- Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers
He's an elite rebounder and a reliable scoring option inside, shooting 54.8 percent from the floor. He's abysmal from the line, but blocks 1.89 shots per game and protects the rim.

Bench- LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers
The power forward spot is crowded in the West. He's the third 4 listed here and still has a 23.4 PER. It's a pretty crazy year if that isn't enough to crack the starting lineup. He's a decent rebounder and won't turn it over, but is such an efficient scorer at 22.6 per game shooting 50 percent from the field.

Bench- Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets
The newly extended Gallinari is playing lights out. His TS% is 67 despite shooting pretty badly from three. Instead, he's getting to the rim and finishing well.

Bench- James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder
Harden scores 16 points off the bench while handing out 4 assists. He is the main creator for the Thunder's second unit and is a front runner for sixth man of the year (though don't forget about Lou Williams). His 65.4 true shooting percentage is good enough to be third best among all guards.

Bench- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Westbrook has cut his turnover rate and is a beastly rebounder for a guard. Add in his scoring ability and he gets the second point guard spot.

Bench- Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Did you see how hard he dunked on Kendrick Perkins?! Also, he puts up 21/11/3 while shooting 51.8 percent from the floor.

Bench- Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
He has the third best TS% among point guards and the fourth best assist rate.

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