The Wild Wild West

The NBA western conference is notorious for great teams and even better players. It’s extremely difficult to make the all star team amongst all these big names. The guard positions in the western conference hosts some of the biggest names in basketball. Players like Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Monta Ellis, Russel Westbrook, Jason Kidd, Kevin Martin, Manu Ginobili, and Steve Nash all battle each other for 4 spots in this star studded team.

Heres a list of the balloting numbers in the West:

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,757,216; Chris Paul (NOH) 949,049; Manu

Ginobili (SA) 593,718; Steve Nash (Pho) 522,215; Deron Williams (Utah)

487,887; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 463,250; Tony Parker (SA) 355,993; Jason

Kidd (Dal) 303,164; Vince Carter (Pho) 277,430; Kevin Martin (Hou) 266,037

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My opinion is that for the point guard position, Chris Paul will start with Deron Williams as a reserve as both are putting up phenominal numbers this year. Chris Paul is putting up 16.2 ppg 9.6 apg and a spectaculer player effeciecny of 25.6. Williams is averaging 22.1 ppg 9.4 apg and an impressive 23.4 player efficiency rating. All 6 point guards competing for these two positions are deserving of the role.

For the shooting guard role, I’d pick Kobe Bryant and Manu Ginobili. Kobe is having a spectacular season as always and although Manu’s stats aren’t the best, his team is arguably the best in the NBA and deserves at least one all star.

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