This might be the first year in many years that All-Star Weekend will actually mean something. Thursday, it was announced at 6 p.m. that the captains for the Eastern and Western conferences are LeBron James and Stephen Curry. On January 11th, the second fan ballots were returned. LeBron James racked up 1,622,838 votes in the Eastern Conference and Curry collected 1,369,658 in the Western Conference.
Like last year, fans will make up 50% of the vote, but the players and media will count for only 25% a piece. Under the new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between conferences, two captains will choose the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.
With this being said, you can expect up-and coming-stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid to be there. Some other starters or reserves you might see headlining the All-Star Game are James Harden, Demar DeRozan, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
LeBron would have the first pick of the draft, so who should he choose? There are many players to choose from. He could go with Kevin Durant to keep Curry and Durant off the same team. That would be a smart move to do to have them play against one another. He could go with anyone.
My gut is telling me he will take Durant. Durant is the second-best player in the world right now and LeBron wants to win this game. It would be good for the All-Star Game because teammates can play against each other. With LeBron taking Durant, he can score at will and attack the rim. If he doesn’t take Durant, Harden or the Green Freak would definitely be a chose for that first pick because both can create their own shot and facilitate.
The case for the Greek Freak is that he can take four steps from half court and score. He does not have a jumper developed yet, but with his freakish length and ability to attack the rim, he reminds us of a young LeBron. These three players have the ability to go number one, but Durant is the second-best player in the world behind James.
My predictions with the teams go:
James picks Durant, Harden, Embiid, DeRozan.
Curry selects Greek Freak, Davis, Kyrie, Boogie.