Our friends from SBNation’s basketball podcast Limited Upside had a fun discussion on who would be on the All Star team if the rosters were decided today.
Who would you choose if the season ended today? For each conference, you get:
TWO STARTING GUARDS:
THREE STARTING FRONTCOURT:
TWO RESERVE GUARDS:
THREE RESERVE FRONTCOURT:
TWO PLAYERS OF ANY KIND:
I think that everyone agrees that Kyrie Irving is a no-brainer. I think that Al Horford should be one as well, but he doesn’t put up the stats that more traditional stars do.
For a few days I was starting to ponder making a case for Jaylen Brown as an All Star, but I only had a vague notion of who else was playing well in the East. There are a number of guards and wings (beyond the obvious names) that should get consideration above Jaylen at this point. Including Bradley Beal, Kemba Walker, and even Victor Oladipo (who saw that coming?). That isn’t to say that Brown can’t continue to progress. But he’ll need to up that scoring average quite a bit to get serious consideration (sadly defense isn’t often rewarded in these sorts of things).
Eventually Jayson Tatum will be in this discussion every year, but he’s not there yet and I don’t think anyone outside of Boston is going to make a strong case for Marcus Smart as an All Star (again, defense... and ok, that shot).
So for discussion purposes, who else would you put on the East All Star roster? (Note the parameters above)