The NBA All-Star game is just over a month away and there are four days left to vote for the East and West starting five spots. In the 2017 All-Star game the fans account for 50% of the votes and current players and basketball media account for 25% of the vote. I think it’s important to have peer input in addition to the fans who want to see their favorite players on the court. As subjective as voting is, peer and media voting adds a more objective angle because they see each other/the players play each night. Players can vote for themselves and their teammates. Here are my picks for the starting five in the Western and Eastern conferences.
Point Guard – Russell Westbrook – Westbrook is a beast and is making a strong case for MVP this season, having the best individual season in the NBA thus far. His stats are beyond All-Star worthy and I’d say he might light Team East up for 50.
Shooting Guard – CJ McCollum – McCollum is averaging 23.7 points per game. He’s great when he’s in rhythm or creating his own shot. I pick him over Klay Thompson because so far this season he has a higher 3-point shooting percentage and has a quick jumper. He averages more assists per game than Thompson as well.
Small Forward – Kawhi Leonard – Leonard plays basketball the way it was meant to be played. He’s a great defender (I almost enjoy him more on defense than offense) and a great slasher in the lane. He is averaging 24.1 points per game, the highest of his career.
Forward – Kevin Durant – Durant and Westbrook shall me teammates again, in my pick anyway. Durant’s pure scoring with consistency and shot blocking ability is why he deserves to be an All-Star.
Post – Anthony Davis – Davis, like Leonard is having his best year yet in the points per game category, averaging 29.1. He can shoot pulling out the defense and he’s great on the boards, averaging 12.2 rebounds per game.
Point Guard – Isaiah Thomas – This Mighty Mouse has great court vision and shoots over 90% from the free throw line. He leads his team in scoring thus far this season averaging 27.9 points and averages 6.1 dimes per contest. He’s got passion for the game, this former Husky has heart. He would give a great show in the All-Star game.
Shooting Guard – DeMar DeRozan – No matter how stifling the defense is, DeRozan will find a way to score. He’s averaging 28.2 points per game and even has a field goal percentage of 47.4%, that ain’t bad.
Small Forward – LeBron James – James is still an All-Star despite being a good four years older than the rest (other than Horford) of the All-Stars I’ve chosen and still leads his team in scoring. I feel like this one doesn’t need an explanation.
Forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo – He’s patient with the ball, can finish and he’s confident, similar to the confidence Steph Curry had before the Warriors won an NBA title. In his third year in the league he’s having a breakout season averaging 23.3 points per game. There will definitely be more All-Star games for Antetokounmpo.
Post – Al Horford – His stat line isn’t the craziest of all the centers in the East, but he does a lot of things that don’t make the stat sheet. He creates for his teammates well and he’s helped his team to third in the Eastern conference standings.
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All-Star game is Feb 19 in New Orleans.