NBA All-Star Reserves: Ryan Anderson Not on 2012 Eastern Squad

Despite a strong performance for the Orlando Magic through the first 26 games of the 2011/12 NBA season, fourth-year power forward Ryan Anderson was not named to the NBA's Eastern Conference All-Star team, meaning Magic center Dwight Howard will be the host city's only representative during the February 26th event.

Anderson's averaging 16.5 points and 7.4 boards for the 16-10 Magic, and leads the NBA in three-pointers made (74) and attempted (172).

Among Eastern Conference power forwards, Anderson ranks number one in Player Efficiency Rating (23.02), number three in True Shooting Percentage (59.3 percent), number two in scoring, and number nine in rebounds.

The East's reserves are forwards Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala, and Paul Pierce; center Roy Hibbert; and guards Joe Johnson and Deron Williams.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, and Dirk Nowitzki serve as forwards on the Western side. Marc Gasol mans the pivot, while Steve Nash, Tony Parker, and Russell Westbrook will run point.

In January, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said his coaching peers should not vote Anderson onto the Eastern squad. "I'm not putting a guy in for the first time who doesn't have the resume yet," said the coach. "Not when there are guys like Amar'e Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer and Kevin Garnett, guys who have been doing it for years." Interestingly, none of the veterans Van Gundy cited as an example made the East squad.

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