Is it ever too early for a list of opinions? The Internet would be a lot less interesting without numbered lists with blocks of copy to rationalize their (potentially) controversial decisions. That said, these are really early, so be mindful of when you decide on using your betrivers promo code to wager on these premature all-star picks after only 20 games into the season.
That’s because this exercise is fun for our editorial staff and fun for readers to confirm their armchair opinions and battle it out in the comments. This isn’t our first rodeo.
The 2020 East NBA All-Stars (and Snubs)
Let’s start with the All-Stars from the easier conference. In the Eastern Conference, our early picks for the all-star game. Barring injury, the first eight players on the list are locks for the mid-season game.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Pascal Siakam
- Joel Embiid
- Kemba Walker
- Jayson Tatum
- Bradley Beal
- Trae Young
- Jimmy Butler
- Malcolm Brogdon
- Andre Drummond
- Ben Simmons
- Spencer Dinwiddie
Domantas Sabonis has been a beast this year and he could easily take the spot from Brogdon as he’s played in every game this year while Brogdon missed some games early on. Can Drummond make another all-star game based on his gaudy rebounding numbers, but poor team performance? And we chose Simmons over teammate Tobias Harris.
As much as we want Zach LaVine on the team we couldn’t give LaVine a nod considering the Bulls woeful record and the fact that his stats are down across the board over the last season (and all of you that have a problem with that, I refer you to this recent Hoop Collective podcast at approx 18 minutes in that doesn’t even mention LaVine in their Eastern all-star picks).
Zach certainly doesn’t deserve it over the unlikely season that Spencer Dinwiddie is having. Dinwiddie’s selection obviously comes from the fact that the Nets have climbed up the standings under his leadership without Kyrie Irving and Caris LaVert (and Kevin Durant).
Our apologies to Jaylen Brown, who like Tatum, looks to have recovered from the post-Kyrie PTSD and playing fantastically on both sides of the floor. However, we couldn’t justify a third Celtic on the roster. Another apology to Evan Fournier and the Orlando Magic, the only team that currently is in the playoff picture without a representative in our all-star projection.
The 2020 West NBA All-Stars (and Snubs)
On the West, it was an embarrassment of riches which means we ultimately ended up with more than a handful of snubs. Like the East, we know the top six are lock downs with the top 9 being very likely. After that, it’s not as clear.
- LeBron James
- Luka Doncic
- James Harden
- Anthony Davis
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- Kawhi Leonard
- Devin Booker
- Donovan Mitchell
- Damian Lillard
- Brandon Ingram
- Nikola Jokic
- Lou Williams
The biggest snub here would be Paul George, but due to his injury earlier in the season, he hasn’t contributed as much as nor hit as many big shots as Lou Williams has this season. If Sweet Lou makes the team this year, we can scratch him off the list of the best players to have never made an all-star team.
How much does Jokic really deserve this spot over Jamal Murray? The Joker is certainly putting up nice numbers, but they’re nowhere near where he was last season. No one outside of New Orleans would complain if we replaced Ingram with Murray, but Ingrams numbers speaks volumes.
Poor Andrew Wiggins, he’s finally realized his potential and the Minnesota Timberwolves are winning, but I have a sense that he’ll have to prove to the voters that this year wasn’t a fluke before he takes a spot from players that have proved their potential in first time all-stars Booker and Mitchell. Wiggins is the only player in the top 15 of scoring in the league that isn’t on either all-star squads.