All-Stars to their teams
With the 2004 NBA All-Star Game just around the corner, it's time once again for the third annual All-Quasar Team. As all the eggheads and Googlers can tell you, quasar is short for quasi-stellar, the description of a celestial object that in many ways resembles a star but is not. In the roundball universe, Quasars are players who have had a pivotal role in their team's success but are not likely, now or ever, to be recognized by the league's official midseason classic.
Here are the qualifications for selection: Only players on teams above .500 as of 9 a.m., Jan. 28 are eligible. Teams over .500 are represented only if they have a quasar type -- the closest the Kings have, for example, is Darius Songaila and he's not quite there. Players on teams overachieving, in the eyes of the committee (me), get extra credit. Partiality is also shown to players who have been maligned, unfairly or otherwise, and have switched from a negative to a positive influence. (That being because quasars, in the real world, are not that far away from being a black hole and because I'm a sap for reclamation projects.)
Efficiency in limited minutes also gets extra weight. In other words, whatever argument you can raise for someone being more deserving, I can counter with a valid justification, even if it requires making one up after the fact.
So, without further padding or procrastination, your 2004 All-Quasars: