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December 09, 2009

Is Bobcats' Wallace an All-Star?

 Some of you have approached me lately about whether Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace has a shot at being an All-Star. Here's my thinking:

The five starters for each conference are picked by the fans. The seven reserves are chosen by each conference's head coaches. I think that works in Wallace's favor. No way he'd be a starter, and he's more likely to be appreciated by the coaches than the general public (at least outside Charlotte).

The East will have at least four forwards and as many as six (seven in the event a guy like Chris Bosh is designated by the coaches as the backup "center'.' The coaches -- but not the fans -- have that flexibility).

 I figure there are three forwards -- Cleveland's LeBron James, Boston's Kevin Garnett and Toronto's Bosh -- who are locks to be chosen. As I said above, Bosh could potentially count as the backup center (behind Orlando's Dwight Howard) since he's certainly the next-best big man. And Bosh is so good Toronto's record won't kill his candidacy.

That would leave Wallace in a mix with the following: Boston's Paul Pierce, Atlanta's Josh Smith, Indiana's Danny Granger and Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala. The wild cards beyond that are New York's David Lee and New Jersey's Brook Lopez: Are they centers or power forwards? The coaches have some flexibility in this, particularly since the last two roster spots can come from any position.

Granger might be out the next month with an injury, so it will be hard to justify taking him. And on close calls, coaches almost always go with players off winning teams. That's not an absolute -- Atlanta's Joe Johnson made it off a bad team a few years ago -- but it's the norm.

I'd think Wallace's toughest competition would be Pierce and Smith. They're both major contributors on conference contenders. So it's not just what Wallace does, but what the Bobcats do. Getting above .500 by the time the coaches vote could make a difference.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 9, 2009 at 02:03 PM | Permalink

Comments

Rick, I was discussing this with someone last night. Wallace deserves to be an All-Star this year. Not as a starter but certainly as a reserve. I think he is one of those guys any coach would love to have on thier team. For that they'll give him his recognition.

Posted by: Smitty | Dec 9, 2009 2:38:37 PM

We all need to VOTE i've already voted for him over 50 times...Go Wallace......

Posted by: TRUDUKEFAN | Dec 9, 2009 2:59:19 PM

I think reguardless of the Bobcats record at the all-star break...if Wallace is still the leading rebounder in the league when the coaches vote...he should be selected ! There has not been someone of his size to lead the league in rebounds since Dennis Rodman...17ppg and 12.4 rebs on a team hovering around the .500 mark should hopefully get Charlotte its first ALL-STAR ! AND THERE IS NO ONE MORE DESERVING OR HARD WORKING THAN GGGGGGGGGGGERALD WALLACE !!! HUGE WIN LAST NIGHT !! GO CATS !!

Posted by: Elliot | Dec 9, 2009 3:08:55 PM

No question he should be....He loads up the stat sheet every week..Some of the guys aling side him with a chance do no place as tough D or log in as many rebounds...He deserves to be an All-Star and start...If Bobcats make Playoffs, Wallace will get key to the city lol

Posted by: BigWyche16 | Dec 9, 2009 3:19:58 PM

if you are going to class the big cry baby lopez as a power forward then put wallace in as a point guard.

Posted by: The Voice | Dec 9, 2009 3:38:54 PM

Meanwhile - Gerald Wallace has his eye on the NBA rebounding title. And, you cannot imagine how seriously focused he is on rebounding until you see him play in person.

Posted by: Musson | Dec 9, 2009 3:55:13 PM

Wait, wouldn't the all star back up center be Diop?

Posted by: ALLSTAR | Dec 9, 2009 3:57:56 PM

This is a good piece Rick, and ignorance is something (it don't mean you're stupid), I have been texting, voting Wallace name to be an Allstar, but with this explanation, I think he will be outweighed by Pierce and Smith. Certainly, Wallace is a good players, but with Bobcats performance, he may not be chosen. The league has criteria for voting All Star players, and these rules need to be considered.

If Wallace was playing on an elite team like(Celtics, Caveliers, Lakers, Orlando, etc), I certainly believe he would have been selected. However, no matter his selection, we as fans love this guy.....he's truly a play maker, and he risk his body every game to make this team (Bobcats)better. Go cats.....and go Wallace.

Posted by: nunu | Dec 9, 2009 4:21:52 PM

I've never been one to pull for a person to be an AllStar pick simply because he plays for the local team. Charlotte has never had a man on the team and this year I believe there are two deserving Bobcats. Gerald Wallace is the heart and soul of the team and night after night he defends against the best in the league. He's done this while still being a terror at the offensive end. This choice is a no-brainer.
But we do have another. Stephen Jackson's stats aren't of AllStar caliber, but he has done something that doesn't show up on his indiviual stats. He is a catalyst. In theater there is always one actor that never takes center stage but somehow draws a better performance from everyone around him or her. This is what Jacks has done for Charlotte. His threat forces defenses to leave areas of the court open. His presence is what has allowed Wallace the room to prowl the paint and given Felton the one extra option he needs when distributing the ball. Even Chandler's numbers have crept up since Jackson's arrival. He's not going to make the team and shouldn't ahead of Crash. But it would be a shame to ignore the impact that the man has had in such a short time.

Posted by: Ourdaywillcome | Dec 9, 2009 4:27:42 PM

I'd say Gerald definitely deserves to make the All-Star team. No one in the league plays harder.

Posted by: Gboro cats fan | Dec 9, 2009 4:48:51 PM

I'm hoping he makes it, but all-star spots come down to winning teams and popularity contests. Rebounds aren't as sexy as scoring points, that's why Gerald is considered on the level just below all-star status. I'm hoping Granger misses enough time that GW can siphon some votes off him, also Iguodalas #s should drop playing with AI again. If the cats keep winning and sixers/pacers keep losing then GW has a good chance.

Posted by: David | Dec 9, 2009 4:53:21 PM

somebody post the link so ur readers can vote ..please everybody vote for our beloved g-force who gives 100% everynight ..we love watching g force we also play a drinking game shots everytime g-force hits the ground during the game; He goes hard !!...go bobcats!

Posted by: panther58 | Dec 9, 2009 5:30:47 PM

wouldn't it be nice if the charlotte observer pushed in their paper daily to get wallace in as an all-star. let people know were to vote, sponsor a gerald wallace free tshirt give away night. someone do something useful at that paper and get people excited about this team and players.

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 9, 2009 5:51:36 PM

Here is the link:

https://audience.nba.com/services/msib/flow/registerOrAuthenticate?url=null&src=eng&view=allstar2010/ballot&mcode=null&cid=622

Posted by: BlockParty | Dec 9, 2009 6:09:09 PM

Joe cool,

I agree - you dont see the newspaper pushing for attendence boosts or promoting too well at all - no harm in posting an article that most of charlotte may read to vote for Gerald.

Posted by: Brett Johnson | Dec 9, 2009 7:04:39 PM

He should be a shoo-in

Posted by: Greg S | Dec 9, 2009 9:56:15 PM

That must hurt, writing that Brook Lopez is a potential All-Star candidate in his second season while the guy picked one spot ahead of him, D.J. Augustin, languishes on the bench. Larry Brown and MJ should be ashamed of themselves. Imagine if the team had Lopez manning the middle right now instead of The Foul Magnet. 11-9? 12-8?

Posted by: ASChin | Dec 9, 2009 10:49:49 PM

It's December 9th.

Posted by: Nick | Dec 10, 2009 10:15:57 AM

igoudala and lopez shouldn't even remotely be mentioned in all-star discussions. i don't remember 0-18 teams having all-stars. and igoudala is playing terrible he's had a few good games but i mean philly's what? 5-17 and igoudala is getting 12 mil this year for his incredible production that he's providing. its way to early to decide who's gonna be an all-star 2 months from now. i mean there's another 15 games to be played from everybody. but if he's leading rebounder in the league then the answer is yes.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 10, 2009 2:30:16 PM

Fan vote is a joke. How else do you explain t-mac ahead of Steve Nash and CP3? How about AI in front of Joe Johnson and Rondo? All I can say is that it's a miracle Yao and Yi were left off the ballot...

Posted by: David | Dec 10, 2009 3:06:22 PM

the comments about yao and yi made me laugh but i mean i think AI deserves an all-star nod just off of the blackballing the league gm's attempted to do to the guy. rondo should be there ahead of any other celtic though.

but i mean 12 players....it's hard to picture wallace getting picked if we aren't in 5th place at the time the decisions are made by coaches.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 10, 2009 4:59:17 PM

Yes Wallace is definitely playing Allstar caliber ball. I will be voting for him and I hope the coaches get him in this guy brings it every night. He guards some of the best in the league and more than holds his own.

Posted by: Mike James | Dec 10, 2009 5:47:14 PM

wallla definitely is an all-star...but it will depend on the team record...and because of that wallace will make it this year since babcats are gonna be about 26 wins and 21 losses at the break. And they will have two all stars if bobcats have a record of about 30wins and 16 losses. go bobcats.

Posted by: rowboat | Dec 10, 2009 6:40:34 PM

walllace definitely is an all-star...but it will depend on the team record...and because of that wallace will make it this year since babcats are gonna be about 26 wins and 21 losses at the break. And they will have two all stars if bobcats have a record of about 30wins and 16 losses. go bobcats.

Posted by: rowboat | Dec 10, 2009 6:41:00 PM

yeah

Posted by: rowboat | Dec 10, 2009 6:41:20 PM

Rick,

Can you get an official Gerald Wallace All-Star campaign kicked off at the paper? At the very least a button on the Observer front page that sends folks directly to the voting.

In today's early release of All-Star balloting, Wallace isn't even in the Top 12 for forwards. Ridiculous. I understand it will be impossible to vote Wallace in as a starter, but I think a good showing will be essential when the coaches decided the reserves.

WALLACE '09!

Posted by: Dr Bobcats | Dec 10, 2009 7:05:59 PM

If the Bobcats can run off ten consecutive wins at some point before the break, that should get other fans attention and therefore making the ALL Star game more realistic. Rebounding alone won't do it because the casual fan doesn't put much into that statistic. A couple of 40 pt nights might help. Gereald hs scored over 40 in a game if my memory serves me correctly/

Posted by: nucat | Dec 14, 2009 12:26:41 PM

no he isn't.

Posted by: shots956 | Dec 14, 2009 10:06:34 PM

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