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08 February 2005

The Coaches Get It Right

As always, the fans picked the All Star starters:

Yao Ming, C
Timmeh, F
Kevin Garnett, F
Tracy McGrady, G
Kobe Bryant, G

The coaches pick the reserves by vote, though they cannot vote for players on their own teams.

Nobili, G
Amare Stoudemire, C
Rashard Lewis, F
Ray Allen, G
Steve Nash, G
Shawn Marion, F
Dirk Nowitzki, F

You may think this goes without saying, but I think Manu definitely deserved a spot on the team, despite being only seventh in scoring among SGs in the Western Conference. Like RBIs in baseball, fans tend to overvalue a player's PPG. PPG is largely a function of number of opportunities used. Every possession is a chance to score and some players use more possessions than others. Basically, some players score a lot because they shoot a lot.

Take Jason Richardson for example. He scores 22.3 PPG but he uses approximately 22 possessions to do it. Manu, however, is one of the most efficient scorers in the game and puts up 15.9 PPG on 12.9 possessions. Combine that with his dynamic defensive play and his ability to finish and you have an All Star in my book. Not to mention he's probably the most unique player in the game; no one plays quite like him.

Last I heard, Timmeh is doubtful for tonight's game at Charlotte. He rolled his ankle in practice on Sunday and Pop is being cautious. Let's hope Nesterovic can make a go of it. The idea of both Massenburg and Marks getting big minutes doesn't sit well with me. I don't care who they're playing.

Oh, and this is the first game I'm watching via TiVo / NBA League Pass. Speaking of TiVo, it will independently record shows based on other things you've recorded. Yesterdays surprise selections included Little House on the Prairie and Lassie. This should give you a good idea of the type of program The Wife records (pretty much everything on WB).

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