NBA All Stars: EC Starting Five
Things will look a little different this year for the NBA All-Star Game. None of the midseason festivities like the dunk contest, three-point shootout, or the All-Star Game will occur. However, the NBA will still be naming players that make each team. Here I will highlight who should be named an Eastern Conference starter based on their play thus far.
Backcourt All Stars
Jaylen Brown – Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown has arguably been the Celtic’s best player this year. He currently ranks eighth in the league scoring 27.1 points per game. One of the most impressive things about Brown’s game is his three-point shot. Brown is shooting 44.3% from behind the arc this year. The 24-year-old guard’s efficiency has also raised eyebrows throughout the league. Brown sits just outside the top-ten in player efficiency this year while leading the Boston Celtics to ten wins this year. After being an all-star snub last year, I believe that Jaylen Brown has done enough to get the starting nod this year.
Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards
All of the trade talks are not enough to shake Bradley Beal this year. Beal should get the nod on his scoring alone. Averaging 34.7 points a game, Beal has been electric to watch! He scores at ease while shooting lights out from all over the floor. Beal has been shooting 47% from the field and 88% from the line. My only knock on Beal would be his team’s success. The Wizards and Beal are a dismal 3-12 this year, but that didn’t hurt Trae Young’s all star campaign last year.
Front Court All Stars
Kevin Durant – Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant seems like a shoo-in to be an Eastern Conference starter. Durant looks like the pre-Achilles injury KD. He has been the leader of the Nets trio of stars averaging over thirty points per game. The thirty-two-year-old superstar looks like one of the best scorers in the history of the league. I think it’s safe to say Kevin Durant will get his first Eastern Conference start this year.