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2018 NBA All-Star Game Predictions Vol. 2

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Giannis Antetokounmpo currently leads all NBA players in votes for this season’s All-Star Game, ahead of LeBron James. There’s still plenty of time left for that to change with fan voting not ending until Jan. 15. Lebron James is fully expected to leap Giannis by the end of the voting. But don’t feel bad Giannis still currently have more votes than Kevin Durant.

Under the revamped format, two captains will draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making selections without regard for conference affiliation.  The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

So based on the votes right now we would have Team Lebron vs Team Giannis.

TEAM LBJ

Captain: Lebron James-856,080 

Lebron has one of the highest NBA IQs, we doubt that he would make a lot of emotional decisions when it comes to drafting a team. He has made it to eight straight NBA finals with the right complementary players around him. We expect James to have the same mindset with his draft.

1st Pick-Kevin Durant-767,402

THERE IS NO WAY, Kevin Durant wouldn’t be the 1st pick if he wasn’t a captain. PERIOD THE END.

2nd Pick-James Harden-602,040

Lebron James can run the floor at the point, so there is no big need at this point for the 1 spot. Harden has finished second in the NBA MVP race for the last 2 years. He is the best scoring 2 guard in the league with range and can get to the basket. Plus with Lebron like to be surrounded by shooters and Harden is one of the best in the game.

3rd Pick-Russell Westbrook-438,469

Picking up the human triple-double machine and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook would be a steal at this point. Westbrook is averaging 25 points, 10 assists, and 10 boards.

4th Pick-Joell Embiid – 433,161

This was a toss-up between Joell Embiid and Demarcus Cousins. Even with the league going to “positionless” basketball both players continue to dominate in the paint and can do it all. But this pick is more about personality over talent. Embiid has been one of the best stories in the NBA from his constant trolling of opposing players to his fun-loving antics off the court.

Reserves:  Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan, and Damien Lillard top the list of reserves.

TEAM GIANNIS

Captian: Giannis-863,416

In a recent interview with ESPN Antetokounmpo stated that he would pick his Bucks teammates first. “So, first of all, if my teammates aren’t available — I’m going with my teammates — I’d gotta go with LeBron James.” said Antetokounmpo.

Giannis is the only player on the Bucks team, so it would be hard to imagine that he would pass on the other talented players available. Plus we are pretty sure behind closed doors the NBA will let the captains know that they are not allowed to do anything like that, so don’t panic.

1st Pick Steph Curry-735,115

Curry is getting back to his MVP form after returning from his ankle injury. Curry scored 45 points in 3 quarters against the Clippers. It would be hard to imagine any Captain not wanting Curry’s firepower on their team. Plus with Lebron picking Durant, Giannis would be in Desperate need of Curry’s services.

2nd Pick-Anthony Davis-393,000

Anthony Davis is the best big in the league. Davis is averaging 25.6 points and 11.0 rebounds this season, before the ankle injury. This would be a smart move for Giannis to go scoring and defensive ability with the frontcourt. Davis and Giannis would be a good matchup against KD and Lebron down low.

 

3rd Pick-Kawhi Leonard-212,650

The former Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard would be a great pick up for the 3 spot. Kawhi can defend any position similar to Lebron James and get buckets at will.

4th Pick-Kyrie Irving-802,834

Kyrie is having a banner with the Celtics. Even with the loss of Gordon Hayward, Irving has made Boston one of the strongest teams in the NBA, not just the East. Kyrie is averaging 25 points and would be a solid pick for the 2 spot.

 

Reserves: Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan,  Kemba Walker, Paul Millsap,

Let us know who you would draft to the starting five for the NBA All Star Game.

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The Best Moments Of The 2018 NBA Draft

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The NBA Draft is filled with surprising moments. Teams passing on future stars and crazy trades. The draft is beginning and the end for some teams. The 2018 NBA Draft is no different. So check out some of our takeaways for the night.

Best Move: Tray Young & Luke Doncic

The Atlanta Hawks drafted big man Luke Doncic at number 3, after the Kings passed on him. Alot of that had to do with rumors of Doncic not wanting to play in Sacramento. The Hawks traded the rights to Dallas for Tray Young. This was a win-win for both teams. Doncic is a good fit with the Mavs current core and can be the heir apparent to Dirk. This gives him a HOF to learn from during his rookie season. Tray gets to go to East and become the new face of a franchise.

Atlanta also picked up a 2019 first-round pick from the Mavericks that will convey to them next June as long as it falls outside the top five, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Same Ol Shit: Sacramento Kings Taking Another Big Man

Kings went with Duke product Marvin Bagley III, after reports that Doncic didn’t to play for the Kings. The Kings seem to favor the centers when they could’ve got younger at PF or SF. The team is already filled with big men. The Kings were are also high on Michael Porter Jr., but he fell to 14th in the draft due to some medical questions with his hip.  Not that Bagley is a bad pick, it just the Kings being the Kings.

Biggest Winner: Joell Embiid

WTF Award: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Tray Young decided to show up to draft with a short suit. We thought that would be the most outrageous suit. Until Shai Gilgegous-Alexander showed up. The Clippers rookie channeled his inner Russell Westbrook with his floral suit.

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Nike Releases Exclusive Golden State Championship Epic React

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The Golden State Warriors are now a Dynasty after winning their third NBA Championship in four years.

Nike has commemorated the championship with exclusive Epic Reacts for the team. The Flyknit footwear that will never be released to the public.

This special edition Nike Epic React Flyknit bears the regal colors of white, gold, and black with the Larry O’Brien trophy hangtag and custom insoles. Just 37 pairs were made in sizes ranging 9-18 exclusively for the Warriors organization, and you might’ve caught Andre Iguodala wear them during the parade.

 

 

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Kyrie Irving Turns Down Contract Extension With Boston

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Kyrie Irving was the biggest summer team addition in 2017.

Irving can sign a max of a four-year, $101 million deal with the Celtics this summer. According to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg, Irving does not plan sign any contract extension.

Irving is set to make $20 million dollars during the 2018-2019 season. He also has a player option for 2019-2020 that would pay him $21 million dollars. Boston have the Bird rights for Irving, which would allow Boston to go over the salary cap to sign Irving.

Irving holds the cards in this situation. If he leads the C’s to a championship he could demand a max contract that will pay him $200 million. If Boston decides not to resign Irving their are teams lining up to pay him.

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