LeBron James, Kobe Bryant Headline NBA All Star Teams

The 2012 All Star Game starters have been announced and there was only really one genuine surprise.

The typical superstars of the league filled out their assumed positions.

The West saw the incumbent backcourt of Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant, a look at what the Lakers starting guards may have looked like if not for David Stern. Blake Griffin makes his first start along side Kevin Durant. Andrew Bynum was the huge shock of the selections, making the West starters at center. Clearly the depth of the position in the league wanes severely after that of Dwight Howard.

The East had no surprises and most would have guessed the starting lineup before the voting even began. I know I did.

Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade complete an incredibly athletic backcourt, and both call Chicago their hometown. LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will be partnered in the forward positions, the first time the two best friends have played on the same competitive team since their days in the AA youth representative teams. The leading vote getter of all players, Dwight Howard (surprisingly low 1.6 million votes) fills out the starting 5 for the East.

You compare both teams and to me the East hold the advantage in every position. Sure this is an All Star game and it is largely an entertainment spectacle, but the fourth quarter usually sees both teams go at it trying to win the game.

So the East certainly have the better starters, and they too will have a much better bench. Think of all the stars that didn’t make the starters. Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Joe Johnson, Andrew Bogut, John Wall, most of whom would be starters for the Western team.

However, the most talented team doesn’t necessarily win the game, as it’s such an unpredictable affair.

Nonetheless the league is experiencing a plethora of stars the likes of which it has never seen before. The quality in the upper echelon of talent is rising and this means the All Star games will get better.

Get ready Orlando, not only will you be seeing the greatest show on earth, but you will be witnessing the farewell of Dwight Howard.

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