The NBA announced their All Star starters while Adidas revealed the 2012 All-Star uniforms shown above. Here are the starters earning the popular vote to star in the big game in Orlando.
F -- Carmelo Anthony, New York
F -- LeBron James, Miami
C -- Dwight Howard, Orlando
G -- Derrick Rose, Chicago
G -- Dwyane Wade, Miami
F -- Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
F -- Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
C -- Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers
G -- Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
G -- Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
So now attention turns to the reserve roster which is based more on performance over the first part of the season. Last night on TNT, the studio crew tossed around possible reserves with Indiana Pacers getting plenty of love. Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger and Darren Collison all were mentioned as deserving a reserve role by at least one of the crew.
Hibbert seems to be the most logical option with his consistent season contributing strongly to the strong showing the Pacers have had so far this season. Danny Granger has been playing at an All-Star level the past few games but his slow start skews his stats which should hurt his chances. Collison would probably need an injury to a few other guards to get a shot as rookie Kyrie Irving has certainly earned a shot.
So who do you think should make the All-Star team as a reserve for the Eastern Conference? Make your case for any Pacers player in the comments.
Also, after the jump, a few links to reserve projections from a few NBA writers.
All-Star Game reserves projection| All-Star 2012 | NBA.com
Roy Hibbert gets the nod at Center in the East with Danny Granger mentioned as a snub.
PBT’s All-Star reserves — no Celtics, no Mavs, no apologies | ProBasketballTalk
Roy Hibbert gets the nod to rep the Pacers.
NBA All-Star 2012: Picking Reserves For Each Conference - SBNation.com
Greg Monroe gets the nod over Hibbert based on a the Pacers having a better supporting cast, despite the fact that the Pacers improvement is based in large part on Hibbert's consistent contributions.
Our East All-Star reserves, determined by entertainment value | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
Picked on entertainment value, no Pacers are included. That makes sense when you consider Roy Hibbert's game isn't made for an All-Star game.
Forget the NBA All-Star starters. Before anyone else, here's who deserves to be a reserve - Sheridanhoops.com
Roy Hibbert gets the nod with Danny Granger mentioned as a significant snub.