2008 Ballot Breakdown: East Guards
Posted Dec 13 2007 11:51AM
Dec. 13, 2007 -- Balloting for NBA All-Star 2008 is under way and to keep you abreast of who you might want to send to NOLA in February, NBA.com will break down all six positions -- East guards, forwards and centers, and West 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). This is traditionally a deep group, so think carefully as you vote daily to select the starters for the 2008 All-Star Game on Feb. 17. (Note: All statistics are through games played on Dec. 11.)
Dwyane Wade, Miami
Averages: 22.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG; Total PRA: 33.0
Breakdown: After starting the season on the chilling list, Wade's numbers are down from last year's stellar campaign (27.4, 4.7, 7.5), but it's a testament to Wade's talent that he's still leading all Eastern Conference guards in PRA. It's an upset if he's not starting in the Big Easy.
Michael Redd, Milwaukee
Averages: 24.0 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.3 APG; Total PRA: 32.6
Breakdown: Redd's earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the league's best shooters, working on his third straight season scoring at least 24 points per game on better than 45 percent shooting. But his solid rebounding (4.2 career) has been overlooked, and he's on pace to set career highs in boards and assists this year.
Jason Kidd, New Jersey
Averages: 11.3 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 10.4 APG; Total PRA: 30.5
Breakdown: Kidd has the lowest scoring average of any player on the ballot, but his ability to dominate by delegating remains uncanny. Kidd's pushing LeBron James in a two-man competition to become the second player to average a triple double for an entire season. Kidd's averaging double-figure assists for the first time since 1999-2000, and pulling down eight boards for a second straight season.
Joe Johnson, Atlanta
Averages: 20.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.3 APG; Total PRA: 30.0
Breakdown: With a dip in shooting percentage, Johnson's scoring is down from last year's 25.0 points per, but his assists are up (5.3 vs. 4.4 in '06-07). More importantly, his steady hand has the Hawks playing .500 ball after the first 20 games, following several seasons of cellar dwelling.
Vince Carter, New Jersey
Averages: 20.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.1 APG; Total PRA: 29.3
Breakdown: The Vinsanity has been muted by injury this year, leading to a four-game stint off the bench. But Carter's managing to put together yet another solid all-around season, with numbers similar to his career averages of 24, five and four.
Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia
Averages: 17.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 5.1 APG; Total PRA: 29.0
Breakdown: In his first full season as the go-to guy in Philly, the "other" AI is proving last season's breakout campaign was no fluke. He joined Kobe, LeBron and T-Mac as the only players to average 18, five and five last year, and he's primed to rejoin them by season's end.
Chauncey Billups, Detroit
Averages: 17.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 8.2 APG; Total PRA: 28.8
Breakdown: Billups is his normal steady self for Detroit, doling out more than seven assists per game for a third straight season. And - as always - he's making good decisions, posting nearly four times as many assists (155) as turnovers (40).
Jamaal Tinsley, Indiana
Averages: 14.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 8.7 APG; Total PRA: 27.8
Breakdown: Tinsley's healthy and pass-happy, dropping a career-high average in dimes thus far; it's the first time he's dished out more than eight assists per since his rookie season ('01-02). His rebounding is up and he's stalking the passing lanes as a defender (2.0 steals).
Ray Allen, Boston
Averages: 19.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.3 APG; Total PRA: 27.1
Breakdown: The smallest of Boston's Big Three (he gives up two inches to Paul Pierce), Allen's adapted his game to mesh with his All-Star teammates. The last time his scoring average dropped below 20 points per was the lockout-shortened '98-99 season (17.1), but Boston's 17-2 record says Ray's doing just fine.
The Next Five
Richard Hamilton, Detroit
Andre Miller, Philadelphia
Mo Williams, Milwaukee
Ben Gordon, Chicago
Raymond Felton, Charlotte
He Who Should Be Much Higher
Gilbert Arenas, Washington
Averages: 22.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.9 APG;
Total PRA: 32.6 (8 games)
Breakdown: Even playing hurt for eight games to start the year after rushing back from knee surgery in April, "Agent Zero" still managed to post numbers that would place him in the top three of this list. While a cartilage tear will sideline him until right around the ASG, Arenas says he'll be ready in time for the Weekend. It certainly hasn't stopped Arenas from stumping for votes on his blog, which has already proved successful.
The Sixth Men
Ricky Davis, Miami and Jose Calderon, Toronto
Davis: 15.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.3 APG;
Total PRA: 22.1;
Calderon: 9.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 7.6 APG;
Total PRA: 20.2
Breakdown: Despite doing most of their damage from the bench, these two super-subs are pushing the starters ahead of them on this list for PRA supremacy. While Davis been a sparkplug for several seasons (and teams), Calderon's setting career highs across the board for Toronto, improving his numbers for a second straight season.
Other Guards on the Ballot
Jamal Crawford, New York; T.J. Ford, Toronto; Kirk Hinrich, Chicago; Larry Hughes, Cleveland; Jason Kapono, Toronto; Stephon Marbury, New York; Jameer Nelson, Orlando; Anthony Parker, Toronto; Jason Richardson, Charlotte