NBA All-Star Predictions 2nd Update

With 5 weeks of the NBA regular season in the books, it’s time for The 76th Sense team to make our 2nd updates on All-Star predictions. I’d like to welcome Marcus to the party as he made his first updates this time around (partially because he had Jimmy Butler as a Western Conference All-Star so he had to move him).

The past two weeks have given NBA fans a ton of action and high scoring. We saw LeBron put up 51 points, becoming only the 2nd player in history to score 50+ in a game this late in his career (the other was Kobe in his last game and he took 50 shots to do it). Kemba dropped an NBA season high 60 points in an OT loss to the Sixers and followed that performance up by scoring 43 two nights later.

Through 5 weeks, our 50+ point game total is now up to six and our 40+ is up to sixteen (10 games over 40 points in the past two weeks). Lillard and Kemba have done it three times each and LeBron, Anthony Davis, and Embiid have each done it twice, so if the NBA wanted more scoring, they got it.

So let’s get to the 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: Jrue Holiday (2nd update) Nikola Jokic
  9. Bench 4: Karl-Anthony Towns
  10. Bench 5: DeMar Derozan
  11. Bench 6: Jimmy Butler (2nd update) Jayson Tatum
  12. Bench 7: Kyle Lowry (1st update) Al Horford

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: Blake Griffin (1st update) Kevin Love
  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: Khris Middleton (2nd update) Jayson Tatum
  11. Bench 6: DeMar DeRozan
  12. Bench 7: Jimmy Butler (2nd update) 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: Blake Griffin (1st update) Kevin Love
  10. Bench 5: Draymond Green
  11. Bench 6: Zach LaVine (1st update) Kyrie Irving
  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: Klay Thompson (2nd update) 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: Nikola Vucevic (2nd update) Kevin Love

Takeaways:

  • Jimmy Butler saw the most movement this week
    • Both myself and Pup added him to the All-Star predictions as an Eastern Conference player and Marcus removed him from his Western Conference list
  • Jrue Holiday (Hurrikahane), Khris Middleton (Pup), Nikola Vucevic (Marcus), and Klay Thompson (Pup) all got their 1st All-Star picks this week

Notable Snubs:

  • Hassan Whiteside
    • Whiteside was on my snub list two weeks ago and all he’s done since then was increase his scoring by 1.5 points, rebounds by .5 and is now averaging over 3 blocks a game. Unfortunately, the Heat stink so he’s not getting much recognition
  • Nikola Mirotic
    • Another one of my snubs from two weeks ago, Mirotic has slowed down just slightly, but is still averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game
  • Devin Booker
    • Booker continues to find himself on the snub list.  Not only is he averaging 24 points per game, but he continues to increase his assist total, now up to 7.5 assists per game from 6 two weeks ago.  As long as he’s in the West and the Suns continue to struggle, I think he’ll be a mainstay on this list
  • CJ McCollumn
    • CJ is having another strong year and Portland is sitting at 12-5 and 1st place in their Division.  The guard pool in the West is crazy deep, but if CJ keeps playing like this and Portland keeps winning, you’d have to think someone is going to give him some credit.
  • Marc Gasol
    • Gasol is a bad dude.  He’s turning 34 in January and just keeps doing his thing.  He’s currently averaging 17 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4 assists and has the Grizzlies at 11-5 and 1st place in their Division

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