NBA All-Star Predictions: 6th Update

The NBA released the 2nd returns on All-Star voting last week with some surprising names amongst the top vote getters.  Voting officially ends on Monday January 21st (get out and VOTE Sixers fans) and the 10 starters and two captains will be announced on January 24th, so this is our last update before then and therefore all 76th Sense team members starters are now locked in.  We’ll have one last update to the reserves before they’re announced on January 31st, and then one final update where we’ll be able to re-arrange the players we’ve already chosen (can’t swap starters and reserves).

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Hurrikahane:

Team Antetokounmpo (6th update swap) Embiid:

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  1. Starter 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo (6th update swap) Joel Embiid
  2. Starter 2: Kevin Durant
  3. Starter 3: Russell Westbrook
  4. Starter 4: Kawhi Leonard
  5. Starter 5: Kemba Walker
  6. Bench 1: Victor Oladipo
  7. Bench 2: Steph Curry
  8. Bench 3: Jrue Holiday
  9. Bench 4: Karl-Anthony Towns
  10. Bench 5: DeMar Derozan
  11. Bench 6: Jimmy Butler
  12. Bench 7: Kyle Lowry

Team LeBron:

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  1. Starter 1: LeBron James
  2. Starter 2: Anthony Davis
  3. Starter 3: Joel Embiid (6th update swap) Giannis Antetokounmpo
  4. Starter 4: James Harden
  5. Starter 5: Kyrie Irving (6th update swap) Ben Simmons
  6. Bench 1: Damian Lillard
  7. Bench 2: Nikola Jokic
  8. Bench 3: Andre Drummond
  9. Bench 4: Blake Griffin
  10. Bench 5: Paul George
  11. Bench 6: Ben Simmons (6th update swap) Kyrie Irving
  12. Bench 7: John Wall

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: Kyrie Irving
  6. Bench 1: Russell Westbrook
  7. Bench 2: Kemba Walker
  8. Bench 3: Paul George
  9. Bench 4: Nikola Vucevic
  10. Bench 5: Khris Middleton
  11. Bench 6: DeMar DeRozan
  12. Bench 7: Jimmy Butler

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: Steph Curry
  6. Bench 1: Damian Lillard
  7. Bench 2: Nikola Jokic
  8. Bench 3: Klay Thompson (6th update) Mike Conley
  9. Bench 4: Blake Griffin
  10. Bench 5: Tobias Harris
  11. Bench 6: Victor Oladipo
  12. Bench 7: Bradley Beal

Marcus:

Team Giannis:

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  1. Starter 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo
  2. Starter 2: Joel Embiid
  3. Starter 3: Anthony Davis
  4. Starter 4: Kyrie Irving (6th update swap) Ben Simmons
  5. Starter 5: James Harden
  6. Bench 1: Derrick Rose (6th update) Klay Thompson
  7. Bench 2: Nikola Jokic
  8. Bench 3: Russell Westbrook
  9. Bench 4: Andre Drummond
  10. Bench 5: Ben Simmons (6th update swap) Kyrie Irving
  11. Bench 6: Paul George
  12. Bench 7: Jimmy Butler

Team LeBron:

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  1. Starter 1: LeBron James
  2. Starter 2: Kevin Durant
  3. Starter 3: Steph Curry
  4. Starter 4: Kawhi Leonard
  5. Starter 5: Kemba Walker
  6. Bench 1: Jayson Tatum
  7. Bench 2: Blake Griffin
  8. Bench 3: Rudy Gobert
  9. Bench 4: Damian Lillard
  10. Bench 5: Victor Oladipo
  11. Bench 6: DeMar DeRozan
  12. Bench 7: Nikola Vucevic

NBA 2nd Returns Takeaways:

  • The League MVP may not start in the All-Star game
    • Anthony Davis is having a monster year, currently sporting a line of 29.4 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.8 steals, and 2.6 blocks yet he finds himself 5th (?!?!) in the West frontcourt voting.  I said it last week and I’ll say it again…..Luka Doncic should not be an All-Star starter
  • Support for Wade and Rose still remains strong
    • Fans continue to hit the polls hard in support of these two, even though neither of them are having years that warrant the current voting positions they hold.  Hopefully the fact that fan votes only count for 50% of the final decision helps to make this right.
  • Luka Doncic is 2nd in West voting???
    • After the first returns, Luka was 2nd among West frontcourt vote getters (4th overall).  After the 2nd return he’s now 2nd overall in the West for votes received.  Am I missing something here?
  • Captains locked?
    • I finally gave in and swapped Embiid out and made Giannis my Eastern Conference captain.  He’s got a pretty strong lead on Kyrie as does LeBron on Doncic, so it appears to be a forgone conclusion that this year’s captains will be King James and the Greak Freak.  But just think, wouldn’t it be cool to have Kyrie and LeBron go head to head as the two captains?

We’ll see next Thursday which 76th Sense team member got the most starters right, but we still have 5 days of voting left to get our Sixers up the rankings……did you vote today???

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