By: Adam Pasternak
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Welcome back to another edition of NBA Chatter on SportsNak. This week, we put together what we think the All-Star rosters would look like if fan-voting didn’t exist, for the Eastern Conference. Here we go.
PG: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors: 20.8 pts, 5.2 reb, 6.4 ast
- It looks like Lowry is creeping up on Kyrie Irving for that second guard spot in the starting lineup, but if fan voting were eliminated from the selection process, I would be surprised if anyone disagreed with Lowry making his second straight All-Star start. He’s averaged 20+ points per game so far this season, while dishing out assists at a high rate and also playing stellar defence. He has carried the Raptors at times this season, and his numbers reflect that. With the game being played in Toronto, there is no excuse for Lowry not to be a starter, and his numbers prove it. He has been the best point guard in the East so far this season, and is deserving of the bid.
SG: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls: 22.6 pts, 5.1 reb, 4.2 ast
- I originally had DeMar DeRozan in this spot, but Jimmy Butler’s recent explosion for 53 points (his second 50 points game of this season) changed my mind. While DeRozan has played exceptionally well for the Raptors, Butler has played even better for an interesting Bulls team. Even with all the rumours of trades and personality clashes within the Bulls organization, Butler has been able to prevail and look like the East’s best shooting guard, and has vaulted himself into the discussion as the best 2-guard in the NBA.
SF: Paul George, Indiana Pacers: 23.9 pts, 7.4 reb, 4.0 ast
- PG13 has exceeded expectations so far in his first full season since that gruesome leg injury he suffered playing with Team USA a few summers ago. He was an early MVP candidate, but has somewhat slowed down since. But still, Paul George’s slowing down is equivalent to a race car going from 200km/h to 160km/h. He’s currently eighth in scoring, averaging 23.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game and early on, had the pacers at the top of the East. He deserves to start, and the fans will vote him in.
PF: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers: 25.5 pts, 7.4 reb, 6.1 ast
- Do I even have to explain this one? LeBron is considered the best player on the planet by many, and has been since he was drafted. He once again deserves to start in the All-Star game.
C: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons: 17.8 pts, 15.5 reb, 0.6 ast
- 17.8 points, 15.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game all while shooting 50% from the field. He’s had multiple 20/20 games, and even hit the 30/20 mark once this season. What else is there to say? He is undoubtably the East’s best Centre. He’s an old-school big man trying to bring the old-school game back into the NBA…and I love it! It seems like every team now has “Stretch 4’s and 5’s” and the low-post game has almost vanished from the game. Drummond hasn’t given in and has stuck with his old-school game, and he’s producing just as well, if not better, then any other big-man in the NBA. Drummond combines his post savvy with great cutting on pick-and-rolls and elite athleticism to wreak havoc offensively on opponents. Also, Drummond is leading the league in total rebounds, in fact, he is 100 rebounds in front of the next person on the list, Deandre Jordan. Drummond is a beast, and is the most deserving centre in the league.
DeMar DeRozan, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, John Wall, Pau Gasol, Paul Millsap, Reggie Jackson
Check back later this week for SportsNak’s Western Conference All-Star Team. Until then, comment below – do you agree with our decisions? What would you do differently?
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