Originally written on HoopStuff  |  Last updated 12/13/12

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 27: NBA player, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches a game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 27, 2008 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Horned Frogs 35-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The All Star game is first and foremost a popularity contest, when it comes to the starting lineups. Fans vote for the biggest names and year after year the same players are voted in as starters. Coaches usually make the right decisions when it comes to picking the reserves, but this list is based purely on their play, importance to their team and of course statistics. These are the 12 best players so far in the Western Conference. Starters: In order of position G: Chris Paul- Los Angeles Clippers: 16.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 2.6 steals, .475 shooting % Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA, plain and simple. Without him the Clippers would not be a championship level team and he is the key to the entire team, setting the tone on both ends of the floor. His talent and leadership are both franchise altering. He is one of the best players in the NBA. G: Kobe Bryant- Los Angeles Lakers: 29.2 points, 5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, .488 shooting % How is Kobe Bryant, in his ...
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