With Rose and Wade being voted in as starters by the fans, there are 6 reserves to be chosen by the coaches: 2 guards, 2 forwards, 1 center and 2 wildcards. Unfortunately, there is no Wizard deserving of a selection this year but as I was thinking about who would be deserving reserves, I came to the conclussion that Kyrie Irving is a very serious candidate for the guard slots and it shocked me a litlle.
As a rookie Irving is averaging 21.8ppg, 6.1apg en 4.2rpg per 36minutes. What’s even more impressive is that he shoots 49% from the field, 83% from the line at 57.7% TS. He has a PER of 21.6 which is 4rd for eastern conference guards behind Rose, Wade and Lou Williams according to hoop data (15 is league average, anything above 20 is borderline all star) His assist rate is pretty good at 34.9% and his win-share is flat-out ridiculous for a rookie: 2.2. (rookies normally have a negative win share). He does turn the ball over 3 times a game but his team is 10th in the east, only 1 game out and he is playing on a team that everybody before the season started thought was pis poor, since they just started their rebuild
Other candidates are for the 2 reserve guard spots are Brandon Jennings, Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson DWilliams and maybe Ray Allen on repution but on almost all categories those players are well behind Irving and Lou Williams who, in my opinion, deserves to be the other reserve. If Irving is not picked as a reserve he should at least be among the wildcards imho.
I was a big Irving doubter since he did not play much in college and wasn’t as athletic as John Wall or Derick Rose, but man, is he fun to watch! He really made me eat my crow so far.
Basketball reference: http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/i/irvinky01.html