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Josh Robbins: These guys should be Eastern Conference All-Stars

The voters already have selected their starters for the 2012

NBA

All-Star Game, which will be held Feb. 26 in Orlando at

Amway Center

.

Tonight, the seven reserves will be named for each conference on TNT.

The Orlando Sentinel’s

Orlando Magic

columnist, Brian Schmitz, will weigh in on his picks for the Western Conference reserves in a couple of hours.

Here, in alphabetical order, are my choices for who should be named in the East, and you’ll notice a heavy emphasis on defense even though no defense is played in the All-Star Game.

PF Chris Bosh, Miami, 19.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg

The buzz: The temptation is to discount Bosh’s contributions because he plays on a team with two better superstars. But Bosh has stepped up his game this season, becoming a bit more involved in the offense. He’s steady, and he’s been a good team guy.

C Tyson Chandler, New York, 12.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg

The buzz: Chandler is a better defender than Indiana’s

Roy Hibbert

and Detroit’s

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Greg Monroe
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, the other two top candidates to serve as

Dwight Howard

’s backup.

SF Luol Deng, Chicago, 16.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg

The buzz: Deng has missed seven games due to injury, but the fact remains that he is the key defensive player on a

Bulls

team that has one of the top defenses in the NBA. He’s also scoring at a good clip.

SF Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 13.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5.2 apg

The buzz: Detractors note that Iggy’s scoring is the lowest it’s been since his rookie and sophomore seasons. True. But his rebounding average has never been higher, and he is the glue on a

Sixers

team that has surprised everyone. He also is Philly’s top defender, which is no small accomplishment since Philly ranks third in the East in field-goal percentage defense.

SF Paul Pierce, 18.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 5.7 apg

The buzz: An easy choice. It’s still early yet in the season, but his assist average is his most impressive stat. If that holds, it would be a career-best for him.

PG Rajon Rondo, 13.6 ppg, 9.8 apg

The buzz: Rondo is not a good outside shooter. Fine. But he’s great at everything else. He leads the East in assists. He’s the best defensive point guard in the conference. And he rebounds well for someone who is 6-1.

PG Deron Williams, 20.9 ppg, 8.6 apg

The buzz: D-Will has almost no support on the

Nets

, especially because

Brook Lopez

has missed the entire season. But Williams still has dominated at times.

Follow Josh Robbins on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins and e-mail him at jrobbins@orlandosentinel.com. Subscribe to our Orlando Magic newsletter at OrlandoSentinel.com/joinus.

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