For those of you who don’t know, the NBA’s All-Star break is coming up quickly, and since the starters for each side have just been revealed, I have decided to shed some knowledge and give my picks for the all-star reserves, the winner of the all-star game, and the dunk contest champ. However, keep in mind that we have no idea who will end up in these roles. These are just my picks.

Starting Lineups (if you haven’t seen them yet):

East:

  1. Kyrie Irving
  2. DeMar DeRozan
  3. Jimmy Butler
  4. LeBron James
  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo

West:

  1. Stephen Curry
  2. James Harden
  3. Kevin Durant
  4. Kawhi Leonard
  5. Anthony Davis

The Reserves:

East:

  1. Isaiah Thomas
  2. Kyle Lowry
  3. John Wall
  4. Kevin Love
  5. Al Horford
  6. Kemba Walker
  7. Joel Embiid

West:

  1. Russell Westbrook
  2. Chris Paul
  3. Draymond Green
  4. DeMarcus Cousins
  5. Rudy Gobert
  6. Damian Lillard
  7. Gordon Hayward

For those of you who feel it is an injustice that Beastbrook did not make the all-star starting lineup, I would like to make clear to you that starting in the all-star game does not matter. The only thing that matters is actually making the all-star team. Most people would agree that Westbrook deserves to start more than Curry, but Golden State has more fans than OKC, and thus Curry gets more votes. As long as he makes the all-star team, Westbrook’s legacy will not be tarnished.

Rudy Gobert probably won’t be suiting up on all-star weekend, but that doesn’t mean he won’t get some props on my website for being the best center in the game. Among other strengths, he is by far the best defender out of all big guys, as he allows the lowest field goal percentage at the rim at 41%.

Joel Embiid’s stats are already eye-popping for a rookie, but they become even more impressive when you consider that he’s still on a minute restriction. If he were getting 35 minutes a game, he would be averaging 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks. Also, his impact on the Sixers’ win total cannot be denied either. When ranking the 12 best players in the east, there is no question that Embiid makes the list. He has shown that he deserves to be an all-star.

Pick to Win:

The West- This is a no brainer. They just have so much more talent. The West has 9 players that I consider to be top 15 guys, while the east has only 6. It’s as simple as that. Plus, the West has won consistently over the past few years, so there is no reason to believe that should change now.

Pick to Win the Dunk Contest:

Zach LaVine- This guy, along with Aaron Gordon, will put on a show yet again. We all know it will be those two in the finals again, but LaVine has proven that he has the slight edge. We’ve never really seen a dunk contest rivalry before, which makes this third straight dunk duel all the more exciting. I am definitely going to tune in for this dunk contest.

As always, thanks for reading. Please comment your thoughts, questions, and counter-arguments. Also, feel free to share with someone who you think may enjoy this article.

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