CNNSI.com NBA All-Star 2001 NBA All-Star 2001


 

While we don't think the NBA is quite ready to take a page from the NHL's book and change the All-Star format, we thought it might be interesting to see how the international All-Stars matched up against their American counterparts. So CNNSI.com's Marty Burns pitted the top-ranked U.S.-born vote-getter at each position against a corresponding foreign-born All-Star.

Read Burns' analysis and check out how CNNSI.com users think the international guys would measure up.

STATS
PPG
22.6
Reb.
7.7
Ast.
6.6
STATS
PPG
19.7
Reb.
3.2
Ast.
8.0
Steve Francis
HOUSTON ROCKETS | G
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Md.
Steve Nash
DALLAS MAVERICKS | G
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
And the winner is... International Francis might be the flashier player, but Nash outplayed him down the stretch of a recent Mavs victory. His 3-point shooting would spread the floor for Nowitzki and Stojakovic, and his poise would enable him to handle the Americans' defensive pressure. Francis is unstoppable one-on-one and a much better rebounder. However, he wouldn't have as much freedom to operate, and his advantage on the glass would likely be negated by all the great shooters in this game.
STATS
PPG
26.3
Reb.
5.5
Ast.
5.5
STATS
PPG
22.7
Reb.
5.3
Ast.
2.6
Kobe Bryant
LOS ANGELES LAKERS | G
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Peja Stojakovic
SACRAMENTO KINGS | G
Birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia
And the winner is... U.S. Though both are elite scorers who can also rebound and pass, Bryant simply can do more. With his quickness and ability to score from anywhere on the floor, he would be a nightmare for the international's longer perimeter players to defend. Meanwhile, his sticky defense would make it tough for Stojakovic, normally a small forward, to put the ball on the floor as much as he likes. Stojakovic has the better 3-point shot, but that's about it.
STATS
PPG
25.8
Reb.
5.5
Ast.
4.4
STATS
PPG
24.4
Reb.
9.6
Ast.
2.1
Vince Carter
TORONTO RAPTORS | F
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Dirk Nowitzki
DALLAS MAVERICKS | F
Birthplace: Wurzburg, Germany
And the winner is... Toss-up Neither guy plays much defense, but with the offensive arsenals they possess, who cares? The 7-foot Nowitzki is a matchup nightmare, able to score inside and out with a feathery shooting touch. Carter is a terrific one-on-one player who can also rain buckets from the perimeter. Nowitzki would post up Vince, but Carter would take Dirk off the dribble. Defensively, Carter has superior quickness to help teammates. Nowitzki, though, has the length to block shots.
STATS
PPG
21.2
Reb.
11.8
Ast.
5.6
STATS
PPG
25.2
Reb.
12.9
Ast.
3.4
Kevin Garnett
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES | F
Birthplace: Mauldin, S.C.
Tim Duncan
SAN ANTONIO SPURS | F
Birthplace: St. Croix, Virgin Islands
And the winner is... International It's hard to pick against Garnett, one of the game's most versatile players, but Duncan is the NBA's best big man not named Shaq. The Big Fundamental dominates at both ends, flashing a silky smooth shooting touch and a heady defensive presence. Garnett is quicker and can wreak havoc with his ability to create off the dribble, but he's giving away 40 pounds to Duncan in the low blocks. Can you say, "Help, Shaq!"
STATS
PPG
26.1
Reb.
10.8
Ast.
3.2
STATS
PPG
11.0
Reb.
11.7
Ast.
0.9
Shaquille O'Neal
LOS ANGELES LAKERS | C
Birthplace: Newark, N.J.
Dikembe Mutombo
PHILADELPHIA 76ers | C
Birthplace: Kinshasa, Zaire
And the winner is... U.S. As Mutombo learned in last year's Finals, Shaq is still the league's dominant force. Strong as Hercules, with quick feet and an array of low-post moves, he simply can't be stopped by any one defender. Even Mutombo, a human fly swatter and four-time Defensive Player of the Year, can only hope to put him on the foul line. Meanwhile, Deke just doesn't have the low-post arsenal to keep Shaq from patrolling the paint on defense.
 

 


 
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