DeMarcus Cousins, Damian Lillard lead NBA All-Star snubs

Why 3s, not dunks, now reign at All-Star

2015年National Basketball Association全歌唱家遗珠


By Ethan Sherwood Strauss  From ESPN.com

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The dunk contest used to be All-Star Weekend’s signature event, even
if the league never quite got a handle on how to orchestrate it. The
dunk, after all, is basketball’sclassic, galvanizing moment of
athletic expression.


Basketball is changing, though, and we see it reflected in the
anticipation for All-Star Weekend. There’s buzz over a 3-point shoot
out involving Stephen Curry,Klay Thompson,Kyle Korver, James Harden,
Kyrie Irving,J.J. Redick,Wesley MatthewsandMarco Belinelli.The dunk
contest? Dinner plans aren’t being canceled to watchMason
Plumleejumpingin public.


You can chalk up the gulf in star power between All-Star Saturday’s
marquee events as a matter of the dunk contest’s safety concerns,
prospect of humiliation and general mismanagement over the years.
That’s part of theexplanation, to be sure. There’s another factor
here, though: raw athleticism– i.e., the ability to jump –is less of
what defines a perimeter player these days.


The game is far different than when Michael Jordan averaged 37.1
points a game in a dominant 1987-88 MVP season while shooting .182
from behind the arc.


It’s different these days because the rules are different.When the NBA
had illegal defense, space in the paint was legislated into the
game.Defenders weren’t allowed zone coverages according to where a
player might drive.This all changedafter 2002, when illegal defense
was nixed and coaches such asTom Thibodeauflooded the strong side to
prevent scorersfrom driving.


Now teams have to carve out their own by spreading defenses with as
muchshooting as possible. Someone like Korver might be a bench player
in thenot-too-distant past. These days, he’s an integral part of a
great team and afringe All-Star candidate. In that aforementioned
Jordan season, the leagueaverage on 3s attempted by a team was 401.
Last season, that average was 1,766.The long ball is no longer a goofy
novelty; it’s the lifeblood of a teamoffense.


I recently asked Curry if the buzz over the contest shows how the game
haschanged. “Yeah, I would say so,” he replied. “Because, obviously,
alot of teams are successful from outside, shooting the 3 ball, being
reallysuccessful at it, turning that into wins.”


That’s about the size of it. For as much as retired players warn of
“living anddying by the 3,” the 3-pointer wins games. More than that,
it wins titles.


“You don’t want to vacate the paint entirely,” Curry continued, “but
to consistently shoot from outside, use it as a threat, it’s really
tough to guard, and I think the Spurs won championships off of that
concept and it’s proven to be successful.”

“你完全不会想将内线腾出来,”Curry继续磋商,“但不断地从外线任意球,用它当做勒迫,那着实很难防范,小编觉着圣Antonio马刺队(San Antonio Spurs)上赛季拿下总亚军已经注脚了任意球会带来成功。”

Dunks are still loved and can still change a game in a big way. High
flyers such as Blake Griffin,Russell Westbrook and LeBron James still
have a lot of currency in this league.It’s just that the game is less
defined by the dunk and more defined by a softer kind of triumph.


It’s personified by Curry, someone who looks about as physically
imposing as your average golf pro (for the record, Curry is an
excellent golfer), lofting 3s over a defense’s futile efforts at
intimidation.His skill set has more to do with winning than it would
have in the past. Fansare drawn to what’s ultimately successful.


As Curry says, this year’s contest should be “one of the funner parts
of the night.”


He then catches himself: “Funner’s not a word. [That’s] pretty bad.”


Maybe not, but with the way 3-point shooters are redefining the game,
it mightindeed be more fun.




The 2015 NBA All-Star Game starters were named a week ago and the
All-Star reserves have been named by the coaches around the league.
Now that we know who has made the All-Star rosters in both
conferences, it’s time to talk about which players were omitted. One
of the toughest parts of getting All-Stars everybody can agree on in
each conference is having enough spots for deserving players.

20一5年National Basketball Association全明星赛首发名单在贰个星期前早已公告,而替代人员名单也早已由结盟中的教练们予以确认。未来大家早已精晓了全歌唱家多少个队伍在那之中的积极分子,是时候来谈谈那个球员被遗漏了。对于全歌手队5姿容,最难让各类人都能完成壹致意见的一有的是有丰裕的岗位给应得的球员。

That’s practically impossible in the loaded Western Conference and
even a bit of a problem with the Eastern Conference this season. Guys
like DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Lillard were surprise omissions in
the West. Kyle Korver and Brandon Knight didn’t make it but could
still find their way in with Dwyane Wade’s injury. In fact, we’ll have
at least two injury replacements with Wade and Kobe Bryant, and maybe
even another one if LaMarcus Aldridge decides to rest that injured


So who were the toughest omissions/snubs in both conferences and
whocould have a great chance at being an injury replacement? Let’s
take a look atthe candidates:



Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks: Kyle Korver probably isn’t your
traditional type of All-Star but in an era of basketball in which
we’re getting smarter about the way we judge and dissect players, we
can see just how deserving he is. He’s been arguably the most
impactful player on the Eastern Conference’s best team. Yes, he
doesn’t average that many points, but his shooting threat makes all
defenses terrified to leave him. When they do, he buries them with
historically great shooting. And don’t think of him as just as hooter;
he’s a fantastic team defender on one of the best defenses. He’s the
early favorite to replace Wade.


Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks: The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of
the nicer surprises in the Eastern Conference and Brandon Knight has
been the best player on the team all season long. Jason Kidd relies on
Knight to set the tone on offense and he’s been a willing and capable
defender too. With 17.9 points, 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals,
and 43.9 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from 3-point range,
he’s having a career year across the board. He’s in heavy competition
with Korver for the replacement.

Brandon·奈特,密尔沃基密尔沃基雄鹿(Milwaukee Bucks)队:开赛以来,密尔沃基雄鹿队在南部是令人吃惊的队5之一,Brandon·奈特则是队中最棒的球员。Jason·Kidd以赖特为攻击的基本功,同时他也是1个情愿且有才能的防御球员。场均一7.柒分,5.3回助攻,四.三个篮板,一.7回抢断,四3.九%的投篮命中率和40.八%的三分命中率,那是他职业生涯中圆满产生的一年。他是科沃尔强有力的竞争者。

Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards: The Washington Wizards are one of
the top defensive teams in the NBA and Marcin Gortat is a huge reason
for that.John Wall’s top pick-and-roll partner has been anchoring the
Wizards’ defense all year, helping them be a top 7 defense. Gortat’s
averages of 12.0 points and 8.2 rebounds are lesser numbers for him,
but his impact has been felt throughout the season.

马辛·戈塔特,华盛顿奇才(华盛顿 Wizards)队:奇才是联盟中最好防止球队之一,马辛·戈塔特是个中功不可没。作为沃尔的一流挡拆搭档平素在球队的防止上有着极大的孝敬,使球队成为卫戍最佳的多只球队之一。对于戈塔特来讲,场均10分和八.一个篮板有个别降低,但整整赛季他的成效是值得显明的。

Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond had a disastrous first
month of the season, but once December hit and especially after Josh
Smith was waived, Drummond came on board to be the monster center we
expected under Stan Van Gundy. He’s one of only a couple players
putting up averages of at least 12 points and 12 boards, and his field
goal percentage is about to eclipse the 50.0 percent mark, despite the
uptick in post possessions. Without that bad November, he might be a
lock to have made the team.


Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic: Speaking of giant, double-double
centers, the 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic every
night have been stellar for the Magic. He’s still not a great defender
but he’s slowly improving his team defense. Having Aaron Gordon back
in the lineup and the starting duo of Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton
should help that a bit. And he’s their anchor on offense, forcing the
defenses to swarm the post and battle him on the boards. He might be
tough to keep off the team next season.

Nikola·武切维奇,奥兰多魔术(Orlando Magic)队:谈到巨大,双10中锋武切维奇每晚获得1九.陆分和1一.一个篮板使他在奥兰多魔术队(Orlando Magic)成为当家球员。他还不是3个很好的防卫者可是他正在稳步地压实他的守卫工夫。队伍容貌个中有了Aron·戈登,以及维克多·奥拉迪波和埃尔Fried·佩顿开班有所扶助大有作为。他是球队的进攻利剑,能够迫使对手夹击他。下个赛季的他很难不入选全歌星队5中间。


DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings: The uproar of DeMarcus Cousinsnot
being on the roster was very loud right after the West reserves were
announced. Cousins could end up being the first player in league
history that isn’t named to the All-Star team with averages of about
24 points and 12 rebounds. Cousins’ team isn’t bad because he can’t
lead them. They’re bad because he got sick, the coach was fired during
that window of opportunity, and Tyrone Corbin hasn’t been able to
bring things together. Cousins is one of a handful of deserving guys
in the West, squeezed out because of limited spots. He’ll be in heavy
consideration for replacement spots.

德马库斯·考辛斯,国王队(Sacramento Kings)队(Sacramento Kings):在刚刚发表西边队伍时,他的落选引起了一片哗然。Cousins能够说是结盟历史上先是位得到场均二十八分1二板却没能提名进入全明星队的球员。球队的武术不好不是因为他不能够辅导球队,而是因为在时机来到的时候,他病倒了,教练被解除职务不再聘用了,以及蒂龙·Cole宾没能将球队凝聚起来。在西方,由于名额有限而被铲除在为的Cousins是一小部分值得成为全明星的球员之一。他将是替代者的一大首要考虑对象。

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard will also be in
heavy consideration as Kobe’s replacement when Adam Silver makes that
decision.Lillard has helped the Blazers get to one of the best records
in the NBA, and his exclusion from the first run of reserves before
replacements were announced was surprising. He has the highest scoring
average (21.8), rebounding average(4.6), steals average (1.3), and
field goal percentage (43.2 percent) of his career. He’s also one of
the best clutch scorers in the NBA.

达米恩·Lillard,波特兰波特兰开拓者(Portland Trail Blazers)队:在Adam·萧华做决定期,Lillard也是顶替Kobe的球员的根本思虑对象。他帮忙开拓者队(Portland Trail Blazers)获得了合作中最棒的大成之一,在代表名额发表之前,被排除在替代人员名单之中也是令人惊愕的。他拿走了专业生涯最高的平均得分(2一.九分)、平均篮板(4.多少个)、平均抢断(壹.三遍)和任意球命中率(四三.2%)。他要么联盟中最佳的重要先生之一。

Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley has been one of the best
point guards in the NBA on one of the best teams in the first half of
the season, but the Western Conference is so loaded that I’m not even
sure how you argue he should be in over any of the reserves selected.
That’s not a knock on him either. It’s just that loaded. For Conley,
he’s one of the league’s best defensive point guards and he puts up
17.4 points, 5.6 assists, and shoots over 40.0 percent from 3-point
range.He really doesn’t have aweakness on the floor and plays
perfectly off of Marc Gasol at the end of games.

Mike·Conley,孟菲斯孟菲斯灰熊队(Memphis Grizzlies)(Memphis Grizzlies)队:就赛季半程来说,迈克·Conley在最棒的球队之1打球,是联盟中最佳的小前锋之一。可是西部全歌手队是这么的美轮美奂以致于作者也不鲜明她可以替代哪1人球员成为西部全影星队中的壹员。那并不是三个否认,只是西方太过度丰厚。对于Conley,他是联盟中最佳的防备型中锋之壹,他平均每场能博取1柒.6分、5.4次助攻以及4/10的三分命中率。他在场上未有缺陷,在比赛的末梢每一日贫乏马克·加Saul时也显现完美。

Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks: Monta Ellis have it all, but he didn’t
have it All-Star this season.He’s been a revelation since joining the
Dallas Mavericks last season. This season, he’s putting up 20.5 points
and 4.4 assists, while posing as the top playmaking option at the end
of games for the Mavericks. Prior tothe Rajon Rondo trade, Ellis
helped the Mavericks put up the league’s bestoffense.He’s hard to call
a snub,but it’s hard to say he hasn’t had an All-Star caliber season.


Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors: The Atlanta Hawks got three
All-Stars, so why don’t the Golden State Warriors have three
All-Stars? Well, they play in the crazily packed West, so that cuts
down on chances to make the All-Star team. Draymond Green has been
their third best player and one of the league’stop defenders. His
averages of 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6steals, and 1.4
blocks show his versatility. His 3-point shooting has dipped below
league average but he’s still a very real threat you have to close out
on. He wasn’t robbed but he was pretty deserving.

德雷Mond·格林,金州勇士队(高尔德en State Warriors)(高尔德en State Warriors)队:老鹰队(Atlanta-Hawks)队有了八个全歌手球员,那怎么金州勇士队(戈尔德en State Warriors)(戈尔德en State Warriors)队不能也具备呢?不过他们在疯狂的西方打球,所以进入全歌手的火候就大大下降。他的场均得分为11.八分,场均篮板数为8.0,场均助攻数为三.六,场均抢断有一.陆以及场均1.五回盖帽无一不显得着她的宏达。他的射球命中率低于结盟平均水平,但照样是1个你不容忽视的威吓。他不是被剥夺但他应有改成全歌唱家中的1员。


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