All-Star Weekend is just around the corner, and with just one day left to fill in our ballots, we can already go ahead and let you know our picks to play in the most entertaining - and defenseless - games of the season.
The All-Star Game is just about the best players in the world having fun and showing fans a bit of what they’re capable of even, not putting their body on the line and just showboating every time they can
And even though we’re not going to see those old fashioned West vs East games - at least for the time being - we’re going to let you know about the 12 Western Conference players that are a lock to make it to the All-Star Game.
Point Guard: Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is getting a lot of love from NBA fans all over the world, as a way to recognize and praise him from never giving up on his dream and fighting through adversity - both physical and mental - to go back to his former self.
Rose has truly become that veteran presence the young Timberwolves can go during key stretches. He’s been aggressive and confident again, and we all love to see that. This season, he’s averaging 18.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game.
Shooting Guard: Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is the heart and soul of the Golden State Warriors, regardless of what anyone may try to make you think. He’s the best shooter ever, and no All-Star game is complete without him.
Curry’s shooting and handles are top-tier, and so is his ability to make his teammates better. He’s bound to make it to his 5th straight NBA Finals after averaging 29.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.6 dimes a night.
Small Forward: Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic is one of the best rookies we’ve seen in over a decade. His moves are smooth as hell, his confidence is off the charts and he’s made a much bigger impact than what we all expected out of the gate.
Whether he’s worthy of an All-Star starting spot is up for debate, but we can’t deny the fact that the rook has balled out. So far, he’s averaging 19.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.3 dimes per game, and he just keeps trending up.
Power Forward: Paul George
We just don’t talk about Paul George’s season enough. He’s been a major beast in both sides of the hardwood and the main reason why the Oklahoma City Thunder is holding onto the 3rd seed in the West.
George is out leading candidate to take the Defensive Player of the Year award home, while his offensive expertise is no surprise at all. Throughout the campaign, he’s averaged 27.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
Center: LeBron James
This may not come as a surprise, but LeBron James is once again his conference’s top vote-getter, and now that he has Laker nation to back him up, that’s not likely to change any time soon.
Either way, James truly deserves to be both in the All-Star Game and the MVP conversation. 16 seasons later, he’s still one of the most dominant hoopers in the league, averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.
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Against all odds, the Denver Nuggets are just 0.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors, and that’s mostly thanks to yet another breakout year from Nikola Jokic. The Serbian is the best passing big man in the league and a walking triple-double threat, posting averages of 19.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists a night.
When are we going to start giving Damian Lillard the praise and recognition he deserves? This guy keeps getting better and better and he’s never afraid of the spotlight. He’s one of the best scorers in the league and a tough competitor that won’t go without a fight. This year, he’s averaging 26.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
James Harden should be starting this game, but somehow fans don’t feel the same way. Either way, he’s going through one of the most impressive offensive stretches this sport has ever seen, and he’s a lock to win the MVP. So far, he’s averaging a league-leading 35.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 8.3 dimes per game.
The fact that Kevin Durant is getting no love from the fans shouldn’t come as a surprise. Still, we can’t ignore his outstanding talents and impact on both sides of the hardwood for the reigning Champions. This season, the free-agent to be is posting averages of 28.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
Karl-Anthony Towns has flown under the radar this year following Jimmy Butler’s departure, but he’s had quite a solid season from an individual standpoint. Even though his teammate is not going to make the playoffs, he should be an All-Star thanks to his averages of 22.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
Anthony Davis is having yet another MVP caliber season that’s going to waste because of his team’s inability to follow along. He’s most likely done with the New Orleans Pelicans, as they’re not going to make the playoffs despite him averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest.
You may say Russell Westbrook is a stat-padder, but boy, he’s one of the best players in the league either way. He’s one of the few hoopers that actually compete while playing All-Star Games. This season, the Brodie’s posting averages of 21.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.6 assists, and he’s bound to average a triple-double for the 3rd straight year.