Kobe Bryant is defended by Andre Iguodala. Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Iguodala Joins The Stars

Andre Iguodala was named an NBA all-star for the first time this season, being named on the list of Eastern Conference reserves released tonight on TNT.

Joining Andre on the roster as reserves will be Luol Deng, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Roy Hibbert, and Chris Bosh.

The all-star campaign for Iguodala, who is having a similar statistical season to last year, picked up steam as the Sixers became more and more nationally relevant. His defense, always his strongest attribute, has been recognized as the Sixers lead the league in opponents’ points per game and defensive efficiency. On big stages, he’s held his own against every elite offensive player thrown at him, shutting down some of them.

It’s been quite the year for Iguodala. The national recognition of his great if unspectacular play has coincided with more boos than he’s personally seen at any point of his career from the home crowd. His free throw struggles have drawn the ire of all Sixers fans, though diehards generally appreciate what he brings to the table despite those struggles.

While his all-star selection is probably an anomaly (with the team’s somewhat unexpected early success and the usual lack of defensive focus on all-star selections), he deserves the chance to show what he can do in Orlando. Congrats to him!

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