Eastern Conference All-Star Reserve Predictions
During tomorrow’s NBA pre-game show on TNT, the All-Star reserves will be announced. Since it is the day before the selections are revealed, here are some predictions for the seven Eastern Conference reserves.
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics: Despite the fact that Rondo missed 11 games due to injury, he still has more assists than any other player in the East. The point guard is the catalyst of a top 10 NBA offense, leading the league with 13 assists per game.
Ray Allen, Boston Celtics: The nine-time All-Star is one of two guards in the Eastern Conference shooting above 50% from the field. He is also shooting 45% from three-point range, which ranks fifth in the league.
Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks: Smith is among the candidates for the Defensive Player of Year Award. The high-flying forward is top five in the East in blocked shots and top 10 in steals. He is also averaging 15 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics: The eight-time All-Star is the MVP on the best team in the East. He is shooting career-highs in field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three-point percentage.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks: Since there has been a lot of injuries at the center position in the first half of the season, Horford is the front-runner to back up Dwight Howard. The Hawks center is averaging 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game on a team that is making another playoff run, despite having key players miss a lot of time due to injuries.
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat: Considered the afterthought of the “Big Three” in Miami, Bosh is one of only four players in the East averaging at least 18 points and 8 rebounds per game. He also has a better plus-minus mark then both LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: The point guard has excelled in coach Mike D’Antoni’s system, averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, and assists. Along with Amar’e Stoudmire, Felton has New York City excited about basketball going into the All-Star break for the first time in over a decade.