Outside of D. Wade and Joe Johnson, I'm struggling to think of other 2-guards that PG would have to challenge for that AS berth.
I think Roy has more of a national presence than we realize. He's been in the news, was on Parks & Rec, made the all star team last year
I want Paul George to be an All-Star as well. Roy may not be a guarantee, but I think he's got a better than even chance to return to the ASG. Two All Stars (Roy, PG), plus two former All Stars (Danny, West), plus one of the most well-rounded players in the league (Hill) making up our starting five? Yeah, that sounds good to me.
Not that it hasn't been said, but I feel like the importance of the USA Select Team experience can't be understated for PG. He knew his performance in the playoffs wouldn't cut it, and he was given the opportunity to see how the world's best practice, prepare, and play; and I think he really tried to take advantage of that and use it to improve his game. I'm excited to see his progress this season. And like Shaw told him, the team's progress will likely mirror his personal progress.
No crap it's not a given he's going to be an All-Star. But pointing out that you think Nene's 14/8 is max worthy while Hibberts 13/9 "isn't that great" paints a pefect picture of how you compare non-Pacers with Pacers. You have a classic "grass is always greener on the other side" POV.
Our best player will have a good chance to make the A game, anyone else I doubt it.
Don't really care about it. Didn't even watched it last year. George making statements like these excites me a lot though. You the Man Paul! :)
So if Bynum is the starter, Chandler will be the backup imo.
Now the last two spots... idk. those are a crap shoot since anyone can be there regardless of position.
George watching the Heat series 7 or 8 times must have hurt in a good way, like growing pains. I've blocked out everything after game 3 and avoid it at all cost.
At C, barring an injury to Bosh or Bynum, Hibbert's chances of making the All Star team are slim to none...
At SG, Wade is a lock to start, so it comes down to Johnson, Ellis, or George for the bench spot (unless one of the rookies, Beal, Waiters, or Ross has a huge season). Johnson will likely be on a really good team that gets a lot of attention with Brooklyn, but his numbers are declining as his age is rising. Ellis will be on a fringe playoff team without much exposure in Mil, but might get some sympathy votes due to his continual All Star "snubs". George, like Johnson is likely to be on a really good team, but like Ellis will not get much exposure.
There is also the chance that Hibbert or George could get one or both of the wildcard spots, but I just don't see them having a 3rd C on the All Star team, espcially concidering the type of game it is and the fact that Hibbert is likely not gonna be putting up the kind of eye catching numbers his competition is. As for George, I do think he has a decent shot at making it either as the backup SG or more likely one of the wildcards if he can score 16+ points a game and continue to have a strong impact on the other areas of the game, a la Iggy.
With Rose out, I think the starters are DWill and Wade.
Then you have Rondo.
Joe Johnson who I think will be fine. He's a decent creator but he was asked to do way too much for most of his Atlanta years; you could see an improvement last year with Teague and Smith taking some of the burden of creating the offense. Now imagine what DWill can do for him.
Kyrie Irving will get a big push.
These are the main contenders imo. 5 guys for 4 spots.
Then you have outside shots like Kyle Lowry. If Toronto improves by 10+ wins (very likely imo) I think he'll get consideration.
John Wall will be running a better team. The Wizards finished last year very well, and they've added talent since.
It will be very hard to get one of the 4 'guard' spots. Wild card seems a bit more likely.
I forgot about Garnett. He's a center now. So center has Bynum, Garnett, Chandler and Bosh. Yeesh.
And I'd add Noah to that group as well. The Bulls stay solid - likely. They are still among the top defenses - likely too. If both are true, Noah will get considered.
I think this might be Danny time. East lacks forwards. Iggy's gone. Amare, Gerald Wallace time has passed, most likely.
LeBron/Melo will start. Deng/Pierce/Granger/Josh Smith for the 2 backup spots. Maybe Monroe or Nene, if they play forward and their teams are good.
I think it will be Pierce and a coin flip between Deng and Danny.
With Bosh being a center this year, it's going to be really hard for Hibbert to make the team barring injuries.
If Garnett is also a center, Hibbert certainly won't make it.
By looking at the whole team George Hill is the one that looks to me like the one player with the better chance to be an all star, Rondo and Dwill are in for sure but after that who? if Hill has some good numbers and the Pacers have a good record George Hill could probably make it.