DD... its no mirage. The mirage is that he is only an effective basketball player when he scores 20+ points. I would argue there are plenty of games where he scores 10 points and is our most effective player. Do you want stats? Troy Murphy gives you that. I want a person who plays team basketball and that is Brandon Rush. I wish Danny Granger played more of a team game, but everybody says Granger is our best player because he can score. Well Brandon is better on the defensive end of the court, so what. Nobody pays attention to defense or post entry passing. Nobody pays attention to the cutter who never receives a decent pass. Everybody pays attention to the player in isolation at the top of the key or just wide of the elbow and can break his man down on offense. I will have to give Carmelo Anthony a TON of credit. He is so vastly improved defensively that he has become an MVP caliber player. Granger needs to work on his defense. He needs to get stronger. Brandon needs to work on finishing and his flow with other players (in a new offense). Brandon could use some work on his isolation offense, something in his game that he is capable of but not accustomed to. If you remember that was a big thing Granger worked on between years 2 and 3 for him. Brandon is an excellent BASKETBALL player. Are there things the young guy can work on, OF COURSE.
PS- All-Stars are players that are top twenty scorers. All-Stars are Allen Iverson who is well past his prime and every Rockets player because the entire country of China is a Rockets fan. Shaq will be an All-Star until he is done with the game. An All-Star nod means nothing. The better the team, the more the "All-Star" accolades are. It is a popularity contest, not basketball. I want the Pacers to have All-Star players because the team developed into a great team, not because we went out and acquired an "All-Star" (although it might help attendance in the short-term).