NBA All-Star Predictions 1st Update

Now three weeks into the Regular Season, we’re starting to get a good feel for which players seem to have really elevated their game this year. We’ve already had four 50+ point performances and eight 40+ point games so far this year, some coming from the usual suspects and some a little more unexpected (shout out to DRose for turning back time and putting on a show dropping 50 against a great defensive team in the Utah Jazz).

With that, here’s the 1st round of All-Star Prediction Updates:

Hurrikahane:

Team Embiid:

Embiid

  1. Starter 1: Joel Embiid
  2. Starter 2: Kevin Durant
  3. Starter 3: Steph Curry
  4. Starter 4: Kawhi Leonard
  5. Starter 5: Kemba Walker
  6. Bench 1: Ben Simmons
  7. Bench 2: Damian Lillard
  8. Bench 3: Nikola Jokic
  9. Bench 4: Karl-Anthony Towns
  10. Bench 5: DeMar Derozan
  11. Bench 6: Jayson Tatum
  12. Bench 7: Al Horford Kyle Lowry

Team Lebron:

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  1. Starter 1: LeBron James
  2. Starter 2: Anthony Davis
  3. Starter 3: Giannis Antetokounmpo
  4. Starter 4: James Harden
  5. Starter 5: Victor Oladipo
  6. Bench 1: Russell Westbrook
  7. Bench 2: Rudy Gobert
  8. Bench 3: Andre Drummond
  9. Bench 4: Kevin Love Blake Griffin
  10. Bench 5: Paul George
  11. Bench 6: John Wall
  12. Bench 7: Zach LaVine

Pup:

Team Giannis:

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  1. Starter 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo
  2. Starter 2: Anthony Davis
  3. Starter 3: Joel Embiid
  4. Starter 4: James Harden
  5. Starter 5: Victor Oladipo
  6. Bench 1: Stephen Curry
  7. Bench 2: Kemba Walker
  8. Bench 3: Paul George
  9. Bench 4: Andre Drummond
  10. Bench 5: Jayson Tatum
  11. Bench 6: DeMar DeRozan
  12. Bench 7: John Wall

Team LeBron:

Lebron Pup

  1. Starter 1: LeBron James
  2. Starter 2: Kevin Durant
  3. Starter 3: Ben Simmons
  4. Starter 4: Kawhi Leonard
  5. Starter 5: Russell Westbrook
  6. Bench 1: Damian Lillard
  7. Bench 2: Nikola Jokic
  8. Bench 3: Chris Paul
  9. Bench 4: Kevin Love Blake Griffin
  10. Bench 5: Draymond Green
  11. Bench 6: Kyrie Irving Zach LaVine
  12. Bench 7: Bradley Beal

Marcus:

Team Giannis:

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  1. Starter 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo
  2. Starter 2: LeBron James
  3. Starter 3: Anthony Davis
  4. Starter 4: Kyrie Irving
  5. Starter 5: James Harden
  6. Bench 1: Jimmy Butler
  7. Bench 2: Nikola Jokic
  8. Bench 3: Russell Westbrook
  9. Bench 4: Andre Drummond
  10. Bench 5: Ben Simmons
  11. Bench 6: LaMarcus Aldridge
  12. Bench 7: Gordon Hayward

Team Curry:

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  1. Starter 1: Steph Curry
  2. Starter 2: Kevin Durant
  3. Starter 3: Joel Embiid
  4. Starter 4: Kawhi Leonard
  5. Starter 5: Blake Griffin
  6. Bench 1: Jayson Tatum
  7. Bench 2: Kemba Walker
  8. Bench 3: Rudy Gobert
  9. Bench 4: Damian Lillard
  10. Bench 5: Ben Simmons
  11. Bench 6: DeMar DeRozan
  12. Bench 7: Kevin Love

Takeaways:

  • Marcus left his teams as is (a bold strategy with an injured Kevin Love sitting in the last bench spot on team Curry)
  • Both myself and Pup removed Kevin Love and added Blake Griffin
    • Blake has been a monster this year and is now on all three managers picks
  • I removed Al Horford and added Kyle Lowry
  • Pup removed Kyrie Irving and add Zach LaVine

Notable Snubs:

  • Nikola Vucevic
    • Vuc got off to a hot start this year and has since slowed down a bit but is still averaging almost 18 points 10 rebounds and 4 assists
  • Hassan Whiteside
    • Whiteside has taken a lot of heat (pun intended) lately on being a big man who isn’t able to adapt to the current playing style of the NBA but has come out and really showed some fight early this season averaging 12.5 points 14.5 rebounds and almost 3 blocks
  • Jrue Holiday
    • Holiday has had a phenomenal start to the season, both getting it done defensively and putting up some strong numbers on the offensive side.  His issue is he appears to be buried in a very deep backcourt pool in the Western Conference
  • Nikola Mirotic
    • Mirotic has done nothing but produce this season with a stat line of 22 points and 11.5 rebounds per game
  • DeAndre Jordan
    • We’ve been seeing vintage DJ so far this season, averaging 12 points and 14 rebounds per game.  But on a struggling team in the Western Conference, those numbers just aren’t going to get it done from an All-Star voting perspective
  • Devin Booker
    • Book can score and has showed that this year.  He’s also got a career high 6 assists per game to go along with 4 rebounds.  If he was in the East, that might get it done.  But battling for a Western Conference guard position with the likes of Harden, Curry, Lillard, Westbrook, etc, he’s going to need to elevate his team’s performance to be in consideration

 

 

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