WNBA players' 2008 NBA All-Star ballots:
Kara Lawson | Sophia Young | Taj McWilliams-Franklin | Jessica Davenport | Linda Frohlich | Crystal Robinson | Helen Darling | K.B. Sharp | Cappie Pondexter | Ivory Latta


Kara Lawson
Sacramento Monarchs

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Eastern Conference
Western Conference
Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
-Steady, chalk up another great year for this guy. Detroit is still the team to beat in the East.
Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
-I hate when people use the term "at his age" with J-Kidd. At any age, what this guy is doing is unbelievable. He's almost averaging a triple double as a point guard.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
-The best player in the NBA.
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
-Leading the Suns to another great regular season. Averaging a career high in assists.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
-The new dominant force in the NBA, eye-popping stats and physique.
Chris Kaman, Los Angeles Clippers
-Surprise, no Yao. But Kaman's play has been stellar. Both the Rockets and Clips are under .500 so the "whose team is better" tiebreaker was out of the question here. Kaman beats Yao in boards and blocks, two big man essentials for me.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
-Cleveland is really struggling, but LeBron is carrying a bigger load than last year.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
-Best player on the league's best team.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
-The reigning MVP gets the nod in a close forward race in the West.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
-Statistics are never gaudy, but he has the Spurs always in the place where they need to be. Best leader in the NBA.

Eastern Conference
Western Conference
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Sophia Young
San Antonio Silver Stars

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
-He's like a hurricane on the court, and he sneaks up on you. He just gets the job done. And he has a mad sexy smile.
Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets
-Love a black man with bald head.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
-He's just Kobe. His name says it all... and most importantly, he's the hottest man in the league.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
-He is just unbeliveable, and I definitely won't mind him giving me some one-on-one lessons. I hope Eva won't mind.
Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Bobcats
-Because he is a great defensive player and runs the floor really well and has great hands.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
-He is a beast in the paint. You can't stop him in there. Plus he has a high-pitched voice... kinda like me.
Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons
-Because his looks are so deceiving, kind of makes people see that you don't have to be a certain size to play in the league and be good at it. He's unstoppable when he's on.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
-Because I've just always admired his game.
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
-Because he is mad hot and he has a mean jump shot.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavercks
-Because he is a big man that can do everything, he's a special kind... and because this summer I was working on some of his moves to add to my collection of post moves.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin
L.A. Sparks

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Eastern Conference
Western Conference
Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls
-Gordon continues to improve as a young player and he has taken on the leadership role even if he is not the point guard on that team. He takes all the big shots and makes them in difficult situations. He is proving his detractors wrong when they said he was too small, and didn't shoot well. He is holding his own and should be looked at as an All-Star this season.
Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
-The Celtics are just beasts in the East these days, and their numbers reflect their renewed enthusiam towards basketball. Ray Allen is playing like he is 24 again.
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
-I think Chris Paul and Deron Williams are both taking the point guard position to another level in the NBA. Tony Parker took it to a new level the past three years with the Spurs, but his standard is now being elevated again because Chris Paul and Deron Williams can both score and dish the ball at ease, and can shoot outside and inside. Both of these guys score and carry their teams with their leadership and their skills, they are both having great seasons and they deserve the All-Star nods.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
-He is just dominating the center position at all times. I couldn't look any further than him at this position. Now we all know that becoming an All-Star is a lot about popularity, not about stats and dominance. But if it is about the amount of work you are doing out on the court, then Dwight Howard should be the starting All-Star center. But he probably won't be because everyone loves Shaq. I love Shaq too, but as far as dominance, Dwight Howard is making everyone he plays against look like a child. He has speed, jumping ability, good hands, rebounds like a machine, and this season is being more effective on the block as a true center. He is making a name for himself, he'll continue to do so during his career.
Chris Kaman, Los Angeles Clippers
-He is really playing well for the Clippers. If they had a better record, I think he would be getting more of a nod, but since they are not having a great season, a lot of All-Star votes might not go his way. Still, I think he is an All-Star and is in All-Star form. He started this run late last year, and is picking up where he left off last season. He is what a true center looks like, uses his right and left hand around the rim, plays with his back to the basket and rebounds well, which is a lost art among centers in the NBA these days.
Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards
-I think Antawn is due his All-Star vote because he is keeping Washington within striking distance in the East, which no one thought would happen when Arenas went out with the knee injury. Jamison's numbers continue to be strong.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
-The Celtics are dominant and Kevin might be back to the previous state he was in, before his disillusionment in Minnesota.
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
-Carmelo Anthony's work speaks for itself, on a team with one of the most dynamic scorers in Iverson, I think Anthony continues to elevate his game.
Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz
-I think that both Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams are having great years and are two of the most underrated players in the league. I feel that Boozer comes night in and night out and scores on the best defenders and teams. He uses both left and right hands easily and he is what I call the silent assassin. He's deserved to be on the All-Star team for the past three years, and I think this year more people have and will recognize his game as being among the top of the league.

Eastern Conference
Western Conference
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Jessica Davenport
New York Liberty

Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks
-I've got to support the O-State boys, but he's also having a great year.
Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
-Ray Allen because he is part of that great Boston team and is having a great year.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
-He's just a beast.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
-He really knows how to run a team and that’s why San Antonio is good year in and year out.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
-He's having a great year and dominating down low.
Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets
-He seems to take pride every night when he goes out to play. That is being reflected by the fact that he's having such a good year.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
-No explanation needed here.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
-KG is definitely having a great year and it was a great move for him to leave Minnesota and "start fresh."
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
-Because he is also having a great season.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
-Because he is the man. He makes the game look sooo easy and I love that about him.

Linda Frohlich
Sacramento Monarchs

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Eastern Conference
Western Conference
Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
-I love his swagger. It seems that he believes he can not lose. I am not even on the Pistons but just watching him makes me think I am in the huddle with him. Plus, he is a regular at WNBA games!
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
-Recovering from his injury very well, a smooth player that has incredible heart for the game.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
-I think at this point in his career he is the best basketball player on the planet, but I will catch him soon!!!!!
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
-He plays basketball the way it should be played: all about the team, all about the victory.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
-He looks like a man among boys, but in reality he is just a young boy himself... he is the same age as my little brother. He has tremendous potential in the game of basketball.
Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
-To be so tall but still have an amazing skill set is unbelievable. I enjoy watching him every time he steps on the court.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
-He's the 2008 version of Magic Johnson. He makes all his teammates better, and is great at all aspects of the game.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
-The Big Ticket, worth every penny to see him play.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
-No brainier... I will always vote for my countrymate. Go Deutschland!
Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns
-We were great friends in college and once a rebel always a rebel. UNLV, fight fight fight….

Eastern Conference
Western Conference
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Crystal Robinson
Washington Mystics
Assistant Coach

Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
-Ray "The Man Wit the J" Allen. I have to pick him cause he has a jumper like mine. He is silky smooth and when he shoots the "J" it is more like throwing daggers.
Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
-My main man J. Kidd. He is still the snizzle bizzle after all these years. He is smarter and better than ever. Love the way he makes everyone better.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
-I know everyone under the sun is going to pick Kobe. He is greater than great but I have to go with the slicer dicer... Mr. Tony Parker. Get to the
rim. What you say. Spurs, Spurs, Spurs!!!!!
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
-Without question. There is not a player alive that can dribble that much and still kill u with the shot clock down. Simply put, the man is the Chris Angel of hoops. That should be his nickname. THE MAGICIAN.
Shaquille O'Neal, Miami Heat
-This is a really hard pick for me. Dwight Howard IS a monster. But I have to pay my respects to the big man Shaquille. SHAQ DADDY. The man is a Legend.
Yao Ming, Houston Comets
-I like Yao. He is my pick. Double-doubles every night, Yao, you hear me. Anything less would be uncivilized.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
-THE KING. KING James, that is. The man-child is incredible. There are no words in the dictionary do describe him. Maybe one.
Mr.King-Incredible-SickWitIt-HighFlyin-YouKnowIAintLyin-SounOff-TheSiren-EtC.EtC.EtC.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
-His determination to win and his presence for the Celtics is undeniable. He is making big shot after big shot. I'll take the dude any day.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavercks
-My first pick has to be the dirty, dirty Dirk. His game is nastier than a toilet bowl. You can only be wowed watching this alien perform. Don't take your eyes off the Dirk. You will miss a highlight.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
-Mr. Fundemental. If Timmy were a dancer everyone would want him in their videos cause his foot work is incredible. Not to mention I am huge Spurs fan. Keep on winning Tim. My man... owww.

Helen Darling
San Antonio Silver Stars

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Eastern Conference
Western Conference
Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
-A litte bit older than most of his competition, but man, this dude is so fundamentally sound. If you give him space he'll shoot your eye out. If you play him close, he'll drive to the basket and just might dunk.
Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks
-He's from my hometown, so I had to choose him. I think he's very deceiving.
I know i missed Wade, Kidd, Carter, Arenas, and Billups. They are and always will be All-Star whether I pick them or not. This was a tough pick.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
-He always plays hard, no matter what. He's a competitor and hates to lose anything, even if it's supposed to be for fun.
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
-I just love his game. His game is very contradicting, he's fundamental but flashy... he's just fun to watch.
Again this was a tough choice. Tony Parker is having an outstanding year, and Allen Iverson is ALLEN IVERSON.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
-He's young and having a great year. And I think he was robbed in the slam dunk contest when he slapped his picture on the backboard.
Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns
-Don't really have a reason for this choice other than he is deserving.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
-He's young and amazing, but I still don't think we've seen the best of him. Let's hope he does it at the All-Star Game.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
-A little older in NBA years but he's still the Big Ticket. He's having an awesome year.
Alternate - I would like to see Gerald Wallace in an All-Star. I think what he does sometimes goes unnoticed because of his team's losing record. Plus I think he is exciting in the open court.
Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz
-I just love Carlos. He doesn't mind doing the dirty work. I don't care what people say, Carlos will always be an All-Star in my book.
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
-He's just amazing.
Note: I wanted to pick Tim Duncan because he is one of the greatest, but I only had two picks.

Eastern Conference
Western Conference
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K.B. Sharp
Indiana Fever

Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Bulls
-I like Kirk's game because he is super fast, can shoot the lights out, and he is a great point guard.
Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
-I like Jason Kidd because he is a great all-around player, and he can control a game without scoring.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
-I love to watch Tony play because he has absolutely no fear, he drives in and gets all kinds of layups around the big guys.
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
-He has an amazing court awareness.
Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks
-I think he is very versatile, he can pass, he can shoot and he can throw one down!
Kenyon Martin, Denver Nuggets
-I have to vote for Kenyon Martin, because I went to the University of Cincinnati with him, and he is coming back off of being injured.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
-I chose LeBron because he is "the King" and so explosive.
Drew Gooden, Cleveland Cavaliers
-He is so smooth.
Kevin Durant, Seattle SuperSonics
-He is dominating as a rookie, and the sky is the limit for him if he continues to progress.
Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz
-He is one of the best defensive players I have seen, especially at his size.

Cappie Pondexter
Phoenix Mercury

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Eastern Conference
Western Conference
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
-So good.
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
-I know the Hornets are in the Western Conference, but I think any team in New Orleans should be in the East, so I'm going to give the other CP his props. But Jason Kidd is a solid pick for the real All-Star Team.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
-C'mon, is there really a question?
Allen Iverson, Denver Nuggets
-I love the way the guy plays.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
-So young and so good.
Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
-He's a big dude. And talented.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
-Unbelievable talent.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
-Doing so well in his new East Coast digs.
Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz
-Having an incredible season.
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
-Love the passion he and AI play with together.
Note: I know I'm not supposed to pick favorites, but I hope the Western Conference tears 'em up!

Eastern Conference
Western Conference
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Ivory Latta
Atlanta Dream

Raymond Felton, Charlotte Bobcats
-I've known him since our days back in Chapel Hill. He's having another terrific season at the point. Go Heels!
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
-Clutch, clutch, clutch. He's so smooth and such a money, go-to player.
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
-Another ACC guy. Man, he is becoming one of the best point guards in the league. Just having an awesome breakout season.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
-He has the scoring ability that most of us just dream about. So, so good.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
-Oh my goodness, does this guy have an amazing future ahead of him. Though he's pretty good right now, too.
Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns
-The guy is a beast. And very athletic.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
-I'm not saying I'm rooting for the Celtics or anything, but what these guys have done together in Boston has been pretty amazing so far.

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
-ANOTHER ACC guy... He is so solid and smooth and has been doing it for so long.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
-Dirk can shoot, run, post people up, pretty much anything. I love the depth of his game. He can do it all.

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