WEST – F – Blake Griffin (LA Clippers)
Advantages: Dunking, rebounding, reaching things on the top shelf.
Disadvantages: Shooting outside the paint, shooting three throws, defence, .
EAST – F – Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)
Advantages: Versatile, can score from anywhere, good clutch play.
Disadvantages: Defence ,hotheaded, honey nut Cheerio’s
Verdict – OK, so we know that Melo is the more complete player. But for sheer flair (and for flair, read height) we’ll take Blake on this one. Also, the advert below wins him major kudos. Bingo…
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WEST – F – Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Advantages: Scoring, scoring, scoring.
Disadvantages: Doesn’t get many rebounds, doesn’t get many assists, and… um, steals? (we’re kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel here).
EAST – F – LeBron James (Miami Heat)
Advantages: Scoring, rebounding, assists, NBA champion, regular season MVP, finals MVP, youngest player to 20,000 pts, ONLY player ever to score at least 30 pts and shoot at least 60% from the field. There’s a lot more we could say, but running out of room…
Verdict – If KD was up against anyone else he would walk it. Time is on his side, and he may yet eclipse James in years to come. But right now, it’s got to be the King… (See also: last year’s finals)
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WEST – G – Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers)
Advantages: 5x NBA Champion, 15x All-Star, 2x Gold Medalist, youngest player ever to reach 30,000 pts,
Disadvantages: Transition defence, best days are behind him, Dwight/Shaq/Women.
EAST – G – Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat)
Advantages: 2x NBA Champion, 9x All-Star, 1x Gold Medalist, Miami Heat all time leading scorer.
Disadvantages: 3 point conversion, injury prone, overshadowed (and will continue to be overshadowed by LBJ).
Verdict – Black Mamba is one of the best of all time. If Wade was up against anyone else, he may have a shot. Unfortunately for him, as MJ might say, 5 is better than 2 DW….
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