Starters (voted by the fans)
G: Clyde Drexler, Rockets
G: Jason Kidd, Mavericks
F: Charles Barkley, Suns
F: Shawn Kemp, SuperSonics
C: Hakeem Olajuwon, Rockets
Reserves (voted by MacMullan)
G: Mitch Richmond, Kings; John Stockton, Jazz
F: Sean Elliott, Spurs; Karl Malone, Jazz
C: David Robinson, Spurs
At large: Dikembe Mutombo, C, Nuggets; Rod Strickland, G, Blazers
Toughest Omissions: Portland forward Clifford Robinson is having another superb season, and I was about to put him alongside Malone as my other West forward. But then I double-checked and noticed that he was shooting 43.1%—too low for an All-Star frontcourtman, even allowing for his numerous three-point attempts. Besides, Elliott (49.1% shooting through Sunday) has been an all-everything for San Antonio. Seattle guard Gary Payton should be there somewhere, particularly because he's so active defensively, but Strickland has been a better distributor. Denver guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is having the best season of his career, but should he take the at-large spot of teammate Mutombo, the league's best shot blocker? No way.
Magic Johnson worked out with the Lakers last week, again fueling speculation that he would be making a comeback. While Los Angeles executive vice president Jerry West says Johnson decided against a return, other Lakers sources say Magic seriously considered rejoining his old team and may again consider doing so before the season is out.
Count L.A. coach Del Harris among those who think a Johnson comeback would be marvelous. This is the third time Harris has been teased with a possible Magic return. When Harris was hired in May 1994, the Lakers were hoping to have both Magic, who had retired in '91 following his revelation that he was HIV positive, and free agent Horace Grant draped in the purple and gold. But Grant signed with the Magic, and Johnson's interest in a comeback faded. During this past preseason Harris again dreamed of Johnson as the NBA's most lethal sixth man, but again Magic balked. "It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility for him to do it," said Harris late last week. "He brings such joy for the game to the court. And his body looks as solid as a rock."