Nov. 22 -- Balloting for NBA All-Star 2006 is under way. To give you a better idea of the top voting options, NBA.com will break down all six positions -- West guards, forwards and centers, and East guards, forwards and centers -- over the coming weeks.
Today's Ballot Breakdown covers the Eastern Conference guards, ranked statistically (by the sum total of their scoring, rebounding and assist averages). Read about A.I., D-Wade, Gilbert and company, then cast your vote and help select the starters for the 2006 All-Star Game in Houston on Feb. 19. (Note: All statistics are through games played on Nov. 21.)
Allen Iverson, Sixers
Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson are having All-Star caliber seasons.
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31.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 8.3 APG
Sporting career bests of 31.8 ppg and 8.3 apg, it's hard to picture last year's All-Star Game MVP missing out on this year's festivities. Factor in that fans have voted him into the East's starting backcourt each of the last six years and a mid-February trip to Houston seems likely.
Dwyane Wade, Heat
Averages: 26.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 8.0 APG
Breakdown: Last year, Wade's All-Star berth was decided by 14 votes -- those of opposing Eastern Conference head coaches, who selected the game's reserves. With the numbers he's putting up in Miami in his third season, it's possible this fan favorite will not have to wait that long this season before learning his fate.
Gilbert Arenas, Wizards
Averages: 26.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 5.4 APG
Breakdown: How to earn a return trip to the All-Star Game? Arenas' answer seems to be by putting up even better numbers than last year when he was named an Eastern Conference reserve, including a season-best 43-point -- on 15-of-20 shooting -- outburst against the defending champion Spurs.
Ricky Davis, Celtics
Averages: 20.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.1 APG
Breakdown: Last year, the Cs relied on Davis' scoring punch off the bench. This year, he's giving them everything he has from the opening tip. Davis currently is the only player averaging better than 20 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals a night.
Steve Francis, Magic
Averages: 20.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 5.8 APG
Breakdown: Franchise has tallied at least 15 points, five boards and five assists each of his first six seasons in the league, an accomplishment shared with only Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Grant Hill. But even with those kind of digits on the board again this year, the three-time All-Star might be left still looking for his first nod in the guard-heavy Eastern Conference.
Michael Redd, Bucks
Averages: 25.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.2 APG
Breakdown: Redd made his first All-Star appearance in 2004 in L.A. by pouring in 22.0 points and 5.2 boards for the Bucks, who registered a 27-24 record before the break. Re-signing with Milwaukee this summer, Redd's sharp shooting has led a Bucks resurgence. He currently ranks seventh in the NBA in scoring (25.3 ppg) and fourth in three-point field-goal percentage (.533).
Vince Carter, Nets
Averages: 20.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.4 APG
Breakdown: Look closely this year or you might miss Mr. Carter -- he appears on the ballot as a guard for the first time in his career. You can still expect Carter to garner his share of fan ballots: Two of the top 10 all-time single-season marks (No. 4, 2004 and No. 8, 2000) belong to the high flyer.
Richard Hamilton, Pistons
Billups and Hamilton have loads of Finals experience, but are still seeking All-Star recognition.
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21.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.2 APG
If there was a contest during All-Star Saturday requiring you to come off a screen to hit a jumper, Hamilton would have to be the odds-on favorite. As it is, Hamilton could take his 21.8 points per game and eye-popping .542 average from the field on an extended vacation in mid-February, as he's never been voted or named onto an All-Star Game squad.
Chauncey Billups, Pistons
Averages: 17.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 8.3 APG
Breakdown: Like Hamilton, Billups continues to wait for his first trip to the All-Star Game. Could this be his year? Chauncey's posting career highs in scoring and assists and a career-low 1.33 turnovers per game. He ranks first in the NBA in assists per turnover (6.25).
Joe Johnson, Hawks
Averages: 18.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.6 APG
Breakdown: Johnson's scoring, assists and steals are all up in Atlanta this year, but his percentages and rebounding are down a tick from last season in Phoenix.
T.J. Ford, Bucks
Averages: 13.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 8.8 APG
Breakdown: If there's any way to make an impression on the voting public it's to race out of the gates and claim the season's first Player of the Week award in your first action back since missing more than a year and a half because of a spinal cord injury.
Larry Hughes, Cavaliers
Averages: 17.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.5 APG
Breakdown: A broken thumb is possibly all that stood between Hughes and last year's All-Star Game. His individual numbers aren't on pace with those he put up in Washington a season ago, but the Cavaliers are riding an eight-game winning streak thanks in part to his pairing with LeBron James. If Cleveland continues to rack up the Ws, those may factor more heavily than points and rebounds in the minds of the coaches who select reserves.
Jason Kidd, Nets
Averages: 12.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 6.4 APG
Breakdown: Kidd's string of six consecutive appearances was snapped last year as he bounced back from knee surgery. A triple-double here and 12-6-6 there could have Kidd manning the point in the midseason classic once again.
Stephon Marbury, Knicks
Averages: 15.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.3 APG
Breakdown: Marbury is off to a slow start under new head coach Larry Brown, who is known to be demanding of his point guards. Marbury's scoring and assists figures are the lowest of his career, but the season is still young.
Kirk Hinrich, Bulls
Averages: 15.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 6.2 APG
Breakdown: A strong defender in the backcourt, Hinrich is also leading the Bulls' offensive efforts, scoring a team-high 15.2 points per game and dishing 6.2 assists, ranking second to Chris Duhon. His percentages are up across the board as he's taking less shots per contest than last season.