The NBA’s annual all-star voting took place on December 20th, having fans pick who they think should be in the all-star game.
In this column, I’ll analyze this year’s All-Star selections and reveal who should have been selected for each spot.
The NBA released the Western Conference All-Star starters:
- Point Guard Steph Curry
- Shooting Guard Luka Doncic
- Small Forward Lebron James
- Power Forward Zion Williamson
- Center Nikola Jokic
I agree with most of these picks, but there are some differences.
At point guard, I have Ja Morant. He is having a close-to-MVP season and is putting up crazy numbers. Steph was a close pick as the starter, but he hasn’t played as much as Ja this season. He is the sole purpose of the Grizzlies’ success.
At shooting guard, I have Luka Doncic. This was, without a doubt, the easiest pick. He is having his best season yet and is proving many wrong by putting up insane numbers.
At small forward, I selected Lebron James. I will admit, I do believe that he could’ve easily been changed just with the amount of talent in this position. But what’s an all-star game without Lebron? He still puts up relatively good numbers, even though the Lakers, as a team, aren’t performing well.
At power forward, I put Zion Williamson, though currently injured; Zion is having a great season averaging 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists while still shooting 60.8 percent from the field. He has led the Pelicans from a play-in team to a top-five team.
At the Center position, I have Nikola Jokic. What can I say? Back-to-back MVP says it all. Jokic is putting up crazy numbers and is moving around like a point guard.
The NBA’s official starters for the East:
- Point Guard Kyrie Irving
- Shooting Guard Donovan Mitchell
- Small Forward Jayson Tatum
- Power Forward Kevin Durant
- Center Giannis Antetokounmpo
My picks vary from the actual All-Star selections.
At point guard, I have Donovan Mitchell. His career just went up a notch when he signed with the Cavaliers. He’s shown time and time again that he is here to play the game and nothing else. I believe he should be put at point guard instead of Kyrie because he has, without a doubt, had a better season. Mitchell averages 26.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game, whereas Kyrie only averages 23.9 points and 5.9 assists.
At shooting guard, I put Jalen Brown. While he can get overlooked by Tatum, he proves time and time again that he is a great player. He puts up pretty good numbers while sharing the court with Jason Tatum.
At small forward, I have Kevin Durant. Once again, Kevin Durant shows his talent on the court. He is one of the best in the NBA today and is putting up great numbers. One can argue that Tatum should be picked here, but I think Kevin Durant is still the better player.
At power forward, I have one of the most accessible picks Giannis Antetokumpo. He is considered top three in the league for a reason. His playing style is so dominant in today’s game that he can’t be stopped. I think he should play his more traditional role as a power forward instead of a center position.
Finally, at the Center, I selected Joel Embiid. He is easily the second-best center in the league, following Jokic. He currently leads the league in scoring and is having a potential MVP season. I believe that he should play the center position as a starter instead of being a reserve.
All in all, the NBA’s all-star weekend is a fun way to express the players’ skills and is entertaining to all the fans.