It has been 26 days since my last piece of this article but we are back. There has been a lot of basketball played since then. The season is still relatively young but we are going to go ahead and finish the rest of this piece. I am going to talk about the next five teams. Let’s see who I choose will be the most likely All-Star come February!
The player that I choose to be the most likely All-Star from the Miami Heat is a shooting guard with 12 years of experience from Chicago Illinois. Dwyane Wade is a future hall of famer. He may not be able to play back-to-back games much anymore but he is still a very good player. In 22 games so far, he is stil putting up averages of 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, and 4.5apg. He may not be the best shooting guard anymore but when you think of shooting guards in the league, you have to automatically think of Wade. You will probably hate me for bringing up LeBron James in this but the Miami Heat only have two less wins and two more losses than that Cleveland Cavaliers team. The Heat have been struggling a little bit lately but their doing fine without LeBron.
Well, the Milwaukee Bucks season has not gone how they imagined. Many people had high expectations for the Bucks (including me), after a great season last season and then a great offseason by signing Greg Monroe. It is still early in the season and they can always change that but they are currently sitting 13th out of 15th in the Eastern Conference with a 10-16 record. Let’s get to the real reason I am typing this article. The player I have chosen to be the most likely All-Star for the Bucks is Greg Monroe. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s time is coming, but it is not yet here. Monroe is putting up averages of 16.2ppg, 9.8rpg, and 1.2spg. He’s shooting .525% from the field while achieving a PER of 22.75. In the game against the Warriors where the Warriors finally felt what it is like to lose this season, Monroe had 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Like I said, in a couple more years Giannis should be the most likely All-Star, but for this season it has to be Greg Monroe.
The most likely All-Star for the Timberwolves is the man they acquired in the trade that sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers – Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is the franchise cornerstone. His ceiling is crazy high and he has the stats to back it up. The biggest knack against him is probably his shooting, which he has time to work on. Wiggins is averaging 20.7ppg, 3.5apg, and 1.6apg in 23 games. He is shooting .434% from the field and only .276% from the three point line. Like I said, he has time to work on his shooting. The Wolves are turning out to be a pretty decent team with veterans that can play or mentor like Kevin Martin, Tayshaun Prince, Andre Miller, and Kevin Garnett with a good blend of young players like Wiggins, Anthony-Towns, Rubio, Muhammad, and LaVine. Timberwolves have a bright future, especially with a guy like Wiggins on the team.
New Orleans Pelicans
The answer here should not be in doubt at all. The most likely All-Star here is Anthony “The Brow” Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans have been a shocker this season and no, not a good shocker team. The Pelicans currently have a record of 6-18 and have a differential of -6.6. It’s been terrible for the Pelicans so far. To be fair, injuries have rocked them with Jrue Holiday needing rest and Tyreke only playing in 7 games so far. They need to be full strength to start to make a push as they are sitting in 14th out of 15th in the Western Conference. Davis needs help. Davis is still putting up 23.6ppg, 10.7rpg, 2.7bpg, and 1.3spg so far this season. Coming into the season there were talks of Davis being the MVP and the Pelicans possibly making the jump. That is not the case and Davis will probably not win MVP, especially if a guy named Stephen Curry has anything to say about it. Davis still has a chance to be named an All-Star though, which I’m sure he cares less about than a winning record.
New York Knicks
Kristaps Porzingis! I’m only kidding here. The hype on this guy is unbelievable and while he is an exciting player to watch, he really has no chance to make the All-Star team. The most likely Knicks player is Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks are no longer a joke. They have a record of 11-14 and things are looking too bad in the Big Apple. Melo is averaging 21.8ppg and 7.2rpg while shooting .412% from the field and .345% from the three point line. They are a lot more competitive than they were last season, that is for certain. Carmelo is leading the way for them.