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).
This one is extremely obvious. The answer is… Sasha Kaun! I’m kidding of course. LeBron James will be an All-Star this year, making him the most likely All-Star of Cleveland. #23, in 11 games so far, is putting up 27.3 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, 6.1 assists per game, and 1.8 steals per game while shooting .507% from the field and .306% from behind the arc. The Cavaliers are off to a 8-3 start and are currently sitting 2nd in the Eastern Conference behind the Chicago Bulls (yay!). In the last five games alone, LeBron has put up an average of 31.6 points per game with rebound and assist averages close to his season averages. Like I previously stated, LeBron will be an All-Star and will be in talks for MVP honors.
The Mavericks are currently 8-4 and are sitting at number three in the Western Conference right now. Who is their most likely All-Star? Is it Chandler Parsons? No way. The small forward is currently working his way back into regular season form after being out for awhile from an injury. Wesley Matthews is starting to look pretty decent coming off that Achilles injury he suffered last season. His season scoring average is only 10.1 points per game, but he has put up an average of 14.5 points per game. He is not the most likely All-Star. Deron Williams is putting up averages of 12.7 points per game, 6.3 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game. Is it him? Nope. It is the man that ages like fine wine, Dirk Nowitzki. While his defense is not the greatest as he cannot keep up with players anymore, he is still putting up numbers. In 10 games, the 37 year old is averaging 18.1 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting .508% from the field and .500% from the three point line. He is still sinking his one footed fadeaway that he has made famous enough that NBA players, like Durant, are trying to add that to their arsenal. He put up 31 points in the Mavericks 118-108 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on November 11th. He has a very good chance to make the All-Stars again this year as his career is almost over. Let’s enjoy Dirk while he is still playing.
Instead of trying to build up suspense like I did with the Dallas Mavericks, I am going to get right to it. As of right now, Danilo Gallinari is the likeliest to make it for the Denver Nuggets. It was really between him and Kenneth Faried. Gallinari, in 11 games so far, is putting up 19.1 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting .434% from the field and .408% from the three point line. Now, he will have a hard time actually making it into the All-Stars because of guys like Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Gordon Hayward, and Andrew Wiggins (yes Wiggins) playing the same position as him. He is putting up some nice numbers coming off that injury and the Nuggets are surprising teams at 6-6 and sitting at 8th in the Western Conference. Will he make it to the All-Stars? I doubt it. If he keeps putting up numbers like that though, it’ll make him the likeliest of the Denver Nuggets to be playing in Toronto come February.
Two words: Andre Drummond. He is an absolute monster. He is the obvious choice here as well. Drummond is averaging an unreal 19.1 points per game, 18.9 rebounds per game, 1.4 blocks per game, and 1.8 steals per game. Drummond is an absolute rebounds machine. He has three games where he has scored at least 20 points and collected 20 rebounds (20 & 20, 25 & 29, 29 & 27). His lowest rebounding game has been 10 while his highest has been 29. This man is absolutely dangerous. He was the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to score 135 points and collect 135 rebounds through the first seven games. That is elite company to be with. If there is a rebound to be had, Drummond will get it. The Pistons started off hot at 5-2 and have cooled off to a record of 6-5. Drummond is not to blame for the cool down effect. If he continues to play like this, he should no doubt be an All-Star and be playing in Toronto in February. By the way, this kid is only 22 years old.
Golden State Warriors:
This is a no brainer. The answer is the reigning MVP, Stephen Curry. Curry has been unreal, lights out, magical (insert adjective here) so far in the beginning of this season, leading people to question whether LeBron is the best player in the world. Stephen Curry is on his way to repeat as MVP. The Warriors are off to a 12-0 start. Yes, 12-0! Curry has been a huge part of that. In 12 games, he has put up 33.7 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, 5.9 assists per game, and 2.4 steals per game while shooting .521% from the field, .456% from the three point line, and .923% from the free throw line. Curry is no doubt one of the most exciting players to watch in the NBA because at any time he can just explode and unleash a three point barrage that will leave you as a fan, completely stunned (imagine how the other team feels). He can do it all as well. He has very impressive handles and a very impressive finishing game as well. His passing is another feature of his game overlooked. Curry will be a starter, in February, for the Western Conference All-Star team.