Banged up All-Stars

February, 8, 2010
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Abbott By Henry Abbott
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The All-Star game is in six days, and many times over the last week or so I have seen a promo for it promising "MORE STARS!"

Which is a little weird, because the number of All-Stars has stuck at 24 more or less forever.

But it's especially weird when you consider that they are dropping like flies.

Here are the full teams, as announced on January 28, with health notes:
  • Steve Nash
  • Kobe Bryant Sat out with a sore ankle on Saturday, but also has had knee, groin, elbow, back and finger issues.
  • Carmelo Anthony Hasn't played since January 23 with a bad ankle.
  • Tim Duncan
  • Amare Stoudemire
  • Kevin Durant
  • Chris Paul Had knee surgery and won't play at All-Star Weekend.
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Brandon Roy Has withdrawn from All-Star with a hamstring injury.
  • Zach Randolph
  • Deron Williams
  • Pau Gasol
  • Allen Iverson Iverson has missed games recently because of an ill child.
  • Dwyane Wade
  • LeBron James
  • Kevin Garnett Playing with a knee that seems to slow him notably.
  • Dwight Howard
  • Chris Bosh
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Joe Johnson
  • Gerald Wallace
  • Paul Pierce Pierce is playing, but with an injured foot.
  • Derrick Rose
  • Al Horford

But that's not all. The NBA has already announced Chris Paul's replacement, and it is Chauncey Billups, who also sat out on Saturday and is listed as questionable for Denver's game on Tuesday.

In fact, it's not obvious who will be next in line to join the decimated West team. Those next in line are almost all bigs, like Marc Gasol, Chris Kaman, Carl Landry, Carlos Boozer, Andrew Bynum (who recently left a game with a hip injury) and Nene (who is day-to-day with a foot injury).

But if Bryant and Billups join Roy and Paul in street clothes, the West team will have only Steve Nash and Deron Williams at guard. That's a problem! (If that happens, by the way, look for Williams to be an MVP candidate, spotting up and catching all those Nash passes.) Scanning PER and other metrics, other guard candidates include Monta Ellis, Manu Ginobili, Aaron Brooks, Baron Davis, Tyreke Evans, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker and Andre Miller -- but none has played exceptionally well for a winning team, which is usually what it takes to be an All-Star.

UPDATE: Brandon Roy has been replaced by Chris Kaman.

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