As CelticsBlog points out, anonymously sourced rumors have emerged claiming various players have made the All-Star teams. Among the rumored players are two Grizzlies (guess which ones?) and our very own Rajon Rondo.
As an aside, this sort of news reporting always makes me laugh, even though every media outlet (including the one I work for in my real job) is guilty of it: “Look, we’ve got anonymous sources saying stuff that will all be publicly announced—and thus accurately announced—in a few hours!” Really? We all just can’t wait for the teams to actually be announced before we start discussing them?
In any case, Rajon’s inclusion on the All-Star roster should be such an obvious no-brainer that it’s barely worth discussing. He has the 2nd-highest PER among all Eastern Conference guards (trailing only Dwyane Wade), and he has, by almost any measure, been the Celtics best player this season. I was going to write a “who’s the first half MVP?” post a few days ago, but I passed, since there is no debate. He has the highest PER on the team (edging out KG), he’s missed only one game and he has passed KG in David Berri’s wins produced stat. (As an aside, Berri published wins produced numbers for every player in the league this week. You should check them out).
I generally don’t get too riled up about All-Star snubs on the edges of the roster, because you can’t really get worked up about a system that allows Allen Iverson to start for the Eastern Conference this season. Throw one undeserving player into the starting line-up, and you’ve got 11 spots for a bunch of great players. Snubs happen. Along those lines, I won’t post something furious if Paul Pierce doesn’t make the team, and Denver and Utah fans shouldn’t be shocked if Chauncey Billups and Carlos Boozer/Deron Williams get left off.
But Rondo? He’s in. And if he’s not, my neighbors can expect some shouting.