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NBA All-Star picks (cont.)

Posted: Thursday January 25, 2007 11:51AM; Updated: Thursday January 25, 2007 9:03PM
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SI.com's All-Star picks (continued) ...

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EASTERN CONFERENCE STARTERS
Gilbert Arenas
G, Wizards
This explosive scorer has taken his game to another level, helping his team vie for the best record in the East.
Gilbert Arenas
G, Wizards
He's been on a mission to prove he should have been on the U.S. roster at the world championships. We can only imagine USA Basketball has taken notice.
Gilbert Arenas
G, Wizards
A midseason MVP candidate who has evolved from streaky shooter to dead-eye marksman, he's one of the rare players who can get to the foul line seemingly at will.
Gilbert Arenas
G, Wizards
If players and coaches were voting, it would have been a no-brainer that Agent Zero would be starting. The fans made him sweat, but no one is more deserving.
Gilbert Arenas
G, Wizards
He was MVP of the East in the first half of the season.
Dwyane Wade
G, Heat
He's been simply superb in keeping the Heat afloat in Shaq's absence. But he probably needs the rest more than another All-Star berth.
Dwyane Wade
G, Heat
There's only one reason the floor hasn't fallen out on the Heat's season with Shaq having been out and Pat Riley recovering, and this is it.
Jason Kidd
G, Nets
Magic coach Brian Hill said it best: "There are times that Jason is just willing them to wins." Kidd has been dominant despite an achy body and a host of distractions.
Dwyane Wade
G, Heat
He's had a few injuries, but what should really be hurting is his back -- he's carrying the entire franchise on it.
Dwyane Wade
G, Heat
Amazingly, the 2006 Finals MVP has improved since last year.
LeBron James
F, Cavaliers
His team has been a bit of a disappointment, but it's still near the top in the East thanks to his all-around excellence.
LeBron James
G, Cavaliers
Sure, his scoring is down, but how many 22-year-olds do you know who can average 27 points, nearly 7 rebounds and 6 assists?
LeBron James
F, Cavaliers
James is locked in a battle with Steve Nash for MVP despite playing with a fraction of the talent Nash has around him.
LeBron James
F, Cavaliers
At 22, he's so routinely outstanding that it's possible we've begun to take him for granted.
LeBron James
F, Cavaliers
His numbers have dipped slightly, but James still dominates the league at small forward.
Jermaine O'Neal
F, Pacers
One could make a strong case for Chris Bosh here, but O'Neal's experience and defense (he leads the NBA in blocks) rate him the edge.
Chris Bosh
F, Raptors
Averaging 22 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, Bosh helped Toronto win almost as many games at the midseason point as it did all last season (27).
Chris Bosh
F, Raptors
What figured to be a lost year in Toronto has turned into a dogfight for a playoff berth thanks to Bosh.
Chris Bosh
F, Raptors
He's the best player on the possible Atlantic Division champs. (Yes, league rules state that there must be a champion from that division.)
Jermaine O'Neal
F, Pacers
The 11-year veteran is having his best year with career highs in blocks and assists while averaging a double-double.
Dwight Howard
C, Magic
Sorry, Shaq fans. This 21-year-old is among the league leaders in rebounds, and -- unlike the Diesel -- has actually played in more than a handful of games.
Dwight Howard
C, Magic
Even if Shaq were healthy, Howard deserves the nod here as the East's best center, a position he should hold down for the next decade.
Dwight Howard
C, Magic
Though still unpolished, Howard is a man-child who dominates at both ends. The ferocious rebounder is second in the league in double-doubles.
Dwight Howard
C, Magic
Even though the early MVP talk has died down, his combination of athleticism and power is astounding.
Dwight Howard
C, Magic
Shaq's injury makes room for his ultimate successor -- the next physical low-post center.
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