Our really early predictions for the 2019-20 NBA All-Star teams, snubs

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.

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  2. Pascal Siakam
  3. Joel Embiid
  4. Kemba Walker
  5. Jayson Tatum
  6. Bradley Beal
  7. Trae Young
  8. Jimmy Butler
  9. Malcolm Brogdon
  10. Andre Drummond
  11. Ben Simmons
  12. 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.

  1. LeBron James
  2. Luka Doncic
  3. James Harden
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. Karl-Anthony Towns
  6. Kawhi Leonard
  7. Devin Booker
  8. Donovan Mitchell
  9. Damian Lillard
  10. Brandon Ingram
  11. Nikola Jokic
  12. 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.

Lou Williams in Clippers City jersey

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.

 

8 Comments

  • No kyrie? Kyrie a lock.And u dont make sense u say no zach lavine cos of record but beal and trae young have a worst record then the bulls and prob will until the all star break

  • As we mentioned in the article, Kyrie has been injured and when he was playing, the Nets weren’t winning. Might be a different story when he gets back. When it comes to selecting players on bad teams for the all-star game, numbers weigh heavier than team performance and Trae simply has better numbers almost across the board. Plus the Hawks aren’t that much worse than the Bulls.

  • Yes trae having a great season.If the bulls go on a winning streak and go above 500 and stay in the 8th spot u think zach has a chance to sneak in??? I agree with all your picks except for dinwiddie. Kyrie pretty much a lock to start if healthy

  • Sure. I agree with you in all those “if-then” scenarios though I think if Trae is locked in if he continues to play the way he has. Lavine has a chance if his team went on a streak, but it would have to be significant because there’s a narrative that he’s fighting. Again, Kyrie is a lock if healthy, but he hasn’t been.

  • Yes, having a great season. If the bulls win in a row and rise above 500 and remain in 8th position, do you think Zach has a chance to slip in ???

  • You’re saying that Ingram deserve spot ’cause of good numbers, but Zach LaVine doesn’t? Both teams have terrible record, though Bulls has better score than Pelicans. And please don’t use competitive West over the East as the reason, neither slightly better numbers from Ingram (25/7/4) over (23/4/4).

  • You reply as if this is a 1:1 comparison and it’s not. You act like conferences don’t matter and they do for the simple reason they play in different ones, but I’ll entertain your comments.

    If you want to compare Ingram to Lavine, Ingram is simply having a much improved and breakout season across the board and Lavine is having a worse season than last year and the Bulls don’t look any better for it. Lavine doesn’t deserve a spot and at this point of the season, the vast majority of NBA analysts/voters will tell you the same. if he improves and/or the Bulls start competing for the 8th spot.

  • Then, yes.

    Boiled down, my take on all-star consideration is either impressive numbers on a really bad team, good numbers on a good team or one of the better/best players on a great team.

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