The 2011 All-Star rosters are ready for the NBA All-Star game on Sunday. These 2011 NBA All-Star Game rosters will provide an exciting look at 24 of the best players from around the league. Twelve players are active for both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference All-Star teams, and they will take to the court tonight.
The 2011 NBA All-Star Game is at 8 p.m. EST on TNT, with plenty of pregame coverage available for the most diehard of NBA fans. There is going to be a lot of material packed into the pregame show as well as the halftime shows, most likely recapping everything else that took place during the 2011 All-Star weekend. Unfortunately, NBA fans should expect to hear quite a bit about the Carmelo Anthony drama and what might be coming soon from the Denver Nuggets.
The Western Conference All-Star team has starters as voted on by the fans that are guards Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets. At the forward positions are Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Anthony. The starting center was voted to be Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets, but due to injury, he has been replaced by Tim Duncan in the starting lineup.
Over on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, the starting guards are Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. The forwards are going to be LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks. The center will be a familiar name, as Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic is tapped for the start. That is a great starting five that the East has going for them, and it might need to be, as its bench isn’t quite as deep as what the West has to offer.
Western Conference All-Star reserves are forwards Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers), Tim Duncan ( San Antonio Spurs) and guards Deron Williams (Utah Jazz), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Manu Ginobili (Spurs). It’s an interesting group of players, and Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) was the player that the commissioner added to replace injured center Yao Ming.
From the Eastern Conference, the All-Star reserves are forwards Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics), Paul Pierce (Boston), Al Horford ( Atlanta Hawks ), Chris Bosh (Miami Heat) and guards Rajon Rondo (Boston), Ray Allen (Boston) and Joe Johnson (Atlanta). That makes four Celtics and three players from the Heat that made the final rosters, and it could be very interesting to see how the East coaches decide to put their players on the floor. A lineup with Howard at center and either all the Celtics or all the Heat players could be pretty fun to watch.