NBA All-Star Reserve Predictions

Tyler Valdez
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All-Star starters were announced on Thursday night and now that the obvious choices are out of the way, we can focus on the seven reserve spots for each conference.  Every year tough choices have to be made to decide who does and who does not make it to the All-Star game.  Injuries play a role in this process as a large number of games missed could be a deciding factor to make these tough decisions.  While I would put Anthony Davis on the team, the Lakers announced that he would be out at least four weeks so while Davis had been putting up 22 points and 8 rebounds a game it's unlikely he will be involved in the game and would ultimately be replaced.

 

 

West Starters

  • Stephen Curry
  • Luka Doncic
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • LeBron James
  • Nikola Jokic

 

East Starters

  • Kyrie Irving
  • Bradley Beal
  • Kevin Durant
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Joel Embiid

 

West Reserves

  • Damian Lillard -  Dame has carried Portland to fourth in the West and been dominating since McCollum and Nurkic got hurt.

 

  • Donovan Mitchell -  Averaging 24/4/5 Mitchell is a big reason Utah is the 1st seed in the West and becoming legitimate title contenders.

 

  • Rudy Gobert -  If the Jazz continue to dominate and hold on to the 1 seed out West then they will surely be deserving of a second All-Star and Gobert has been playing great averaging 14 points and 13 boards a game.

 

  • Paul George -  The Clippers have been solid this season and so has George.  With an output of 24/6/5 it would be difficult to leave PG13 off this team despite missing some games due to injury.

 

  • Zion Williamson -  The Pelicans are only 12-16 which makes Zion somewhat of a tough choice but his play has been great.  His 13 game streak of at least 20 points was just snapped but he has been dominant with a clip of 25 points and nearly 7 rebounds a game.

 

  • Chris Paul -  This is my Wild Card pick as most experts don't have CP3 making the game.  While Devin Booker might be scoring more points, the impact Paul has is undeniable.  The Suns are 17-10 and Paul's 17 points and 8 assists are the driving force for this team trying to make its first playoff appearance in over ten years.

 

  • DeMar DeRozan -  The Spurs are 16-11 coming off a disappointing last season.  DeRozan is averaging 19.8/5/6.9 and been the star that San Antonio needs.

 

West Snubs: Devin Booker, Brandon Ingram, De'Aaron Fox, Ja Morant, Christian Wood

East Reserves

  • James Harden -  While he hasn't been there long, the numbers that Harden is putting up are undeniable.  Averaging 24.5/7/11 Harden is a lock to be an All-Star once again.

 

  • Julius Randle -  He had a good first season in New York but this is Randle's breakout season with an output of 23/10.9/5.5.  Randle’s carried the Knicks to a 14-16 start, good for 7th in the East.

 

  • Ben Simmons -  While most experts have him on the outside of the All-Star game, I believe that being the 1 seed means something and that team almost always has multiple All-Stars. Simmons is averaging 15/8/8 and commanding the offense well for the 76ers.

 

  • Domantas Sabonis -  The Gonzaga product has had a great season, putting up 21.5/11.6/5.7 and leading the Pacers to  15-14 record thus far.

 

  • Jayson Tatum -  This was a close one as the Celtics and Tatum haven't lived up to expectations.  He is putting up 25.8 points and seven rebounds so the numbers are there but that is what's expected from the young forward.

 

  • Trae Young -  The Hawks are only 12-16 but are right in the middle of the East playoff race.  Young has been great averaging 26.5 points and 9.3 assists per game.

 

  • Khris Middleton -  There are few options for the last spot but Middleton has played well and the Bucks are 2nd in the East.  While other guys may have slightly better nubmers, Middleton is putting up 20/5/5 and is an essential piece for the Bucks.

 

East Snubs:  Jaylen Brown, Bam Adebayo, Zach LaVine, Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic

 

There is still some games to be played before the All-Star reserves are announced on February 23 but I'm confident these picks WILL STICK!!!

 

 

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