December 19, 2018

Draft Predictions: Here’s how LeBron and Steph Curry should draft their All-Star teams

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Here’s how LeBron and Steph Curry should draft their All-Star teams With the “captains” determined for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, now it’s time for LeBron James and Stephen Curry to choose their starters from the top vote-getters. All due respect to the LBJ and Curry, we’ve taken the guessing games out of the choosing and placed our bets on how the draft will turn out.

The two don’t have to worry about selecting the enemy, not selecting a teammate, or making the wrong choice. They can go with our roadm ap and just put all the blame on Interbasket.

Drafting the NBA All-Star Starters

Regardless of conference, the remaining eight All-Star starters by votes will be drafted by either LeBron or Curry. Those players are Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Joel Embiid, and Kyrie Irving in the East, and DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, and James Harden from the West.

Since LeBron got the most votes overall, he’ll get the first choice while Curry will pick second. That first pick is a no-brainer to us, and it should be an no-stress pick for LeBron, too.

  1. Team LeBron #1: Kevin Durant As we mentioned this is a complete no-brainer if LeBron is picking to win. If for some reason he doesn’t choose KD, be sure that Curry will. Durant is the next in line for the NBA top dog.
  2. Team Curry #1: Anthony Davis Now this becomes a little tougher. We think there’s certainly benefits with going with Harden or Antetokoupo, but when it comes down to it, we think Curry should pick Anthony Davis.
  3. Team LeBron #2: Giannis Antetokoumpo No one is going to fault LeBron for picking Durant with his first pick, and everyone will assume that Durant was the first choice no matter what team he ends up on. The second pick is going to be the selection the media eats up. Does he pick Irving with this pick or doesn’t he? LeBron’s not someone to be influenced by what the media or what fans think, so we believe he’s going to go with Giannis Antetokoumpo. Think about LeBron, Durant and The Greek Freak in your line up – who needs a front court?
  4. Team Curry #2: Kyrie Irving Now this is interesting. It’s easy to go with Harden as he’s the best player and seeing as he’s the leading candidate for MVP, but Curry will recognize the opportunity to add some drama and competition here by “drafting” Kyrie. He knows that no one can stop a motivated Kyrie and Irving’s going to want to show out against a LeBron-led team no matter what anyone says.
  5. Team LeBron #3:  Joel Embiid After the first two rounds, it becomes a little less interesting. We think LeBron will stay big and go with fellow Eastern Conferencer Embiid to add even more size to his squad.
  6. Team Curry #3: James Harden Now Curry can take Harden as he probably should have with the third choice.
  7. Team LeBron #4: DeMar Derozan Easy pick here, after Harden and Irving, Derozan is the league’s next unstoppable guard 1:1. And according to the rules, LeBron needs to have at least three guards on his 12-man roster when it’s all said in done.
  8. Team Curry #4: DeMarcus Cousins Curry gets another big guy by default; pairing Cousins with his Pelicans teammate. No offense to Cousins, who just went wild with a monster triple double, this is how it rolls. He’s just not nearly as great as the other nine players, nor as great a teammate and we think he’ll be the last selection no matter what.

THE NBA All-Star Squads for LeBron and Curry

So after all is said and done, this is what we predictthe teams will look like after the draft:

TEAM LEBRON: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokoumpo, Joel Embiid, DeMar Derozan

TEAM CURRY: Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Demarcus Cousins

Unless LeBron unexpectedly goes small with his first pick, he’s going to have the upper hand whether he goes with Durant, Giannis or Davis with the first pick. No matter what, he should get two of those three players.

With all the size, strength and length, LeBron’s starters are insane on offense and clearly has better personnel on the defensive side. If the game was to be played just by these ten players, we don’t think Curry’s team has much of a chance – we’d definitely be on the NBA betting sites wagering on the outcome based on the LeBron’s starters. We even gave LeBron’s a working team name – Team Wingspan.

But this isn’t the end all. The reserves will be available on January 23rd of which Curry will get the first pick. With players like Kristaps Porzingis and Russell Westbrook available to Curry, this  second round can help balance everything out for Team Steph.

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