The NBA All-Star game will use a new team format this season. Usually, the format is East V. West. In order to create more competition during the game, they have adopted a newer format. The top two most fan voted players are team captains, and they will draft their team. They must start with the other 8 starters as they draft teammates.
The starters from the East:
LeBron James (Cleveland) [SF]
27.3 PPG, 8.8 AST, 8.0 REB
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) [PF]
28.2 PPG, 10.1 REB, 4.6 AST
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) [C]
23.8 PPG, 10.8 REB, 1.9 BLK
Kyrie Irving (Boston) [PG]
24.1 PPG, 5.0 AST, 47.3 FG%
Demar Derozan (Toronto) [SG]
25.2 PPG, 5.0 AST, 48.0 FG%
Starters from the West:
Stephen Curry (Golden State) [PG]
27.7 PPG, 6.5 AST, 41.8 3P%
James Harden (Houston) [SG]
32.3 PPG, 9.1 AST, 1.8 STL
Kevin Durant (Golden State) [SF]
26.2 PPG, 5.4 AST, 2.1 BLK
Anthony Davis (New Orleans) [PF]
26.7 PPG, 10.5 REB, 2.1 BLK
DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans) [C]
25.3 PPG, 12.7 REB, 5.1 AST
We can talk about All-Star starting snubs all day, but these guys are very deserving of their starting spots. The reserves, selected by the leagues head coaches, will be announced on January, 23rd at 7pm ET. on TNT. The complete rosters will be revealed on January 25th on TNT at 7pm ET. The order of the picks will not be disclosed to the public.
Adam Silver spoke to NBATV about the matter stating:
“Should there be a public selection? Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind of draft. On the other hand, I recognize that in picking a team to perform in the here and now, it’s a little different than drafting. There was a sense from the players that it put them in an impossible position, where they’re picking one player over another—in part, not because they necessarily think that player is better than another player, maybe because they have a personal relationship with the player.”
What do you guys think about the All-Star starters? Do you think anybody got snubbed that should be starting? Who do you think the reserves will be? Let us know your thoughts, and tweet us @TheUtilityMan17!
The NBA All-Star game will tip-off on February 18th at 8pm ET.
– Rascal F. Kennedy