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 Rockets are awful. They have already fired their head coach and have completely bombed this season. James Harden has put up points, but very inefficiently. Harden is putting up averages of 28.8 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, 6.3 assists per game, and 1.9 steals per game while shooting .373% from the field and .263% from the three point line. No, that is not a typo. In his past 5 games, he has had one good three point shooting game. He shot .571% against the Celtics on November 16. His other four games he shot .267%, 167%, .200%, and .300%. That is very un-Harden like. He is still their most likely All-Star without a doubt. Can he really shoot that poorly the whole entire season when his career three point shooting percentage is is .365%? I guess we will all have to stay tuned for the answer.
Paul George has returned with authority! The Indiana Pacers are sitting at 5th place right now with a 7-5 record and Paul George has been a huge part of that. In 12 games, PG-13 is putting up 25.3 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 4.7 assists per game, and 1.6 steals per game while shooting .442% from the field and .427% from the three point line. In his past 5 games, his lowest scoring game is 26 points. Paul George has scored at least 26 points in 8 straight games. George is no doubt putting up All-Star type numbers.
Los Angeles Clippers:
With Blake Griffin’s play so far, he is the likeliest All-Star of the Los Angeles Clippers. He is one of the best power forwards in the NBA and will surely make the All-Star’s again this season. So far, Griffin has posted averages of 26.6 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game, and 4.3 assists per game while shooting .558% from the field. He also has a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 30.99 (league average is 15.00). His last game against the Detroit Pistons he nearly posted a triple-double (34 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds). He has the Clippers sitting at number 4 in the Western Conference right now with a 6-4 record. Expect Griffin to be playing in Toronto come February.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Lakers are bad. They are sitting 14th out of 15th in the Western Conference with a 2-9 record. But hey, at least they are not the Philadelphia 76ers. Sorry, I got off topic there. No one is going to make the All-Stars for the Los Angeles Lakers because off their play but there is one reason and one man that has a chance to make it. That man is Kobe Bean Bryant. Even Kobe himself is starting to admit defeat to Father Time by saying recently “if something doesn’t change,” then the 2015-2016 season will be his last season in the NBA (via Frank Isola of the New York Daily News). Think about it… This could very well be the last time we ever see Kobe Bryant playing in the NBA. It is bittersweet. If this is very well his last season, what a way to end it by getting voted into the All-Star game by the fans (even though his stats do not warrant a selection). This is not a prediction by any means but I will not even be mad if he gets selected even though he will beat out someone that is very deserving of a spot. Bryant is putting up statistics of 16.9 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game. He is shooting poorly with percentages of .336% from the field and .233% from the three point line. Who else would you rather play in the All-Star Game from the Lakers besides Kobe? No one.
The Houston Rockets and the Memphis Grizzlies have been the biggest disappointments thus far. The Grizzlies are 6-6 and are sitting outside the playoffs right now. For the season, the Grizzlies are scoring 95.8 points per game and giving up 102.2 points per game. I still believe the most important player and the likeliest All-Star for the Memphis Grizzlies is Marc Gasol. Gasol was a starter against his brother, Pau, in the All-Star Game last year. He is still the favorite of the Grizzlies to make it this year as well. So far, Gasol is averaging 16.3 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game while shooting .466% from the field, .667% from the three point line (even though he has only shot 3 threes), and .853% from the free throw line. With players like Serge Ibaka, Tim Duncan, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, and Dirk Nowitzki at Power Forward, it will be hard for Zach Randolph to make it in the All-Star Game. For Conley, he will have to beat out Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and Damian Lillard for a All-Star Spot. For Gasol, he has to beat DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, and DeAndre Jordan. Gasol has a easiest shot out of the three.