Perk's numbers don't jump out at you. He's averaging around 12 points, 8 boards, and 2 blocks this year. However, he is second in the league in field goal percentage behind Dwight Howard at over 64%, including a stretch during their win streak where he shot over 80%. Also, he is the backbone of one of the best defenses in the league. Even though Garnett is still the leader of the defense, Perk has been the Celtics most consistent defender.
Since it is up to the coaches, I think Perk has a good chance to be selected. Coaches around the league have praised his ability to defend some of the best centers in the league. His offensive has improved as well. In the beginning of his career he had no real offensive moves around the basket. Now he has really developed his jump hook into a formidable weapon. Even his free throw shooting has improved. He used to hover at or below 50%, but he now shoots over 60%. His continued progression into a top flight center in the NBA has truly been a joy to watch.
The All Star game should be about who is having the best season that year, not about past accomplishments. I ask everyone to please vote Kendrick Perkins as a 2010 NBA All Star. Let's not give Shaq the "grandfather clause" just so he can do some more ridiculous dance moves in the introductions. Wouldn't you rather see a scowling Perkins putting his death stare on everyone in his path? I've never seen Perk smile once on the court and you better believe it won't happen at the All Star game. Karl Dillinger 12/08/2009 06:00:00 PM Tweet