For most NBA teams, they have barely played double digits in games. It is only November and the All-Star’s are not until February, but it is never to early to talk about the All-Star’s. Not every guy that I list in this article has an actual chance to even make it to the All-Star Game. I just think it is going to be fun to talk about one guy from each of the 30 teams around the National Basketball Association that could make the All-Stars. (P.S. the stats come from ESPN.com).
The guy that I have chosen for Atlanta Hawks is a stat sheet stuffer. In 12 games, this player has put up 17.8 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game, 3.7 assists per game, 1.0 block per game, 2.0 steals per game, while shooting .484% from the field and .348% from the three point line. This player is named Paul Millsap. Paul Millsap was one of the four All-Stars selected last season for Atlanta Hawks. Paul Millsap has a good chance to actually make the All-Stars again this year. I compared his stats to that of Jeff Teague and Al Horford and I feel like he has the best stats right now between them. Teague has averaged 17.1 points per game , 6.5 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting .426% from the field and .323% from the three point line in 11 games. Al Horford averaged 17.1 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists per game, and 1.8 blocks per game. He also is shooting .512% from the field and .341% from the three point line in 12 games. Millsap and Horford are pretty comparable, but in the end I think Millsap would be the likelier All-Star of the two. Do not be surprised if he makes it.
The Boston Celtics likeliest All-Star comes in the shape of a 5’9″ 185lb point guard. Isaiah Thomas has been great for the Boston Celtics in 10 games. So far, he has averaged 21.0 points per game, 6.3 assists per game, and 1.5 steals per game. He has shot .419% from the field, .328% from the three point line, and .875% from the free throw line. Thomas has been putting up points. In the last five games, he has averaged 20.0 points per game. His shooting percentages do need some work. In two of the past five games, he has shot .300% and .308% from the field and .100% and .250% from the three point line. His last game against the Rockets he put up 23 points on 9-12 from the field (.750%) and 4-7 from the three point line (.571%). The Celtics are off to a good start as the are 6-4 and sitting at #6 in the Eastern Conference. Isaiah Thomas is a big part of that reason they are 6-4. If someone was to get selected to the All-Star Game from the Boston Celtics right now, I do not see why it would not be Isaiah Thomas.
The Brooklyn Nets have been horrible. They just won their second game over the Atlanta Hawks tonight by the score of 90-88. That puts their record at 2-9 for the season, good for 14th (out of 15) in the Eastern Conference. In that win over the Atlanta Hawks, the man that I select to be their All-Star finished the game with 24 points, on 11-21 shooting, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. That player is center Brook Lopez. He is putting up averages of 19.2 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, and 2.4 blocks per game. He is no doubt the All-Star of the Brooklyn Nets. With out him, this team would most likely be 0-11. Other big names on the Brooklyn Nets like Joe Johnson and Thaddeus Young are not putting up better numbers than Brook Lopez. Joe Johnson is averaging 10.8 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 4.4 assists per game. Johnson is shooting a putrid .325% from the field and .194% from three point line. Thaddeus Young is averaging 14.6 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, and 1.2 steals per game while shooting .527% from the field and .143% from the three point line. Those numbers are a little but better than Johnson’s but not quite as good as Lopez’s. If an All-Star was selected from the Brooklyn Nets, it will be Brook Lopez. Lopez was an All-Star in the 2012-2013 season so he is capable if he can stay healthy.
If I was writing this article before the season even began, I would of chosen Al Jefferson to be the man to be the likeliest All-Star of the Charlotte Hornets. That is not the case now. I choose Nicolas Batum, whom the acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason. Jefferson, thus far, has averaged 14.3 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. Batum, on the other hand, is putting up 17.7 points per game (33 against the Blazers on Nov. 15), 6.5 rebounds per game, and 3.8 assists per game, while shooting .469% from the field, .444% from the three point line, and .868% from the free throw line. He is playing tremendously for the Hornets, who are missing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from injury. When Gilchrist comes back, he may not put up the same type of numbers but as of right now, Batum is the Hornets’ most likely All-Star.
The answer to this question is a no brainer. The answer is Jimmy G. Buckets and the G stands for Gets! Jimmy Butler is the best player on the Chicago Bulls. He is my favorite player in the NBA (one of my favorites when he was first drafted into the NBA). He is the Bulls’ best defensive player and one of our go to guys on offense as well. Jimmy Butler should end up being an All-Star this year. So far, he is putting up 19.2, 5.1 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, and 1.9 steals per game while shooting .446% from the field, .371% from the three point line, and .775% from the free throw line. He is tasked to guard the best offensive player on the opposing side while also tasked with being one of the focal points of their offense and generate points. Take games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder for example. Against the Cavaliers, he was tasked with guarding LeBron James whenever they were on the court and still finished with a stat line of 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Not impressed? Take a look at the stat line against the Thunder. He was tasked with guarding Kevin Durant this time and still put up 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He is the most likely All-Star for the Chicago Bulls.