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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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Carmelo Anthony Career Is Done With The Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony’s short-lived career with the Houston Rockets is over.

Amid a week of rumors that the Rockets were ready to move on from Anthony, the team is expected to announce a parting of the ways with the embattled former All-Star before hosting the Warriors on Thursday night, sources told ESPN.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey today issued a statement on forward Carmelo Anthony’s future with the team.

“After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” said Morey. “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”

Melo can be claimed off waivers.

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Lebron James Is Now The 5th All-Time Scorer In NBA History

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LeBron James moved into fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, climbing past Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain.

James needed 39 points to claim the fifth spot from Chamberlain. He passed Wilt with a free throw in the fourth quarter.

“When I’m able to do what I love to do, and do it at this level — and even being mentioned with the greats that have ever played this game — it just always brings me back to my hometown of Akron, [Ohio],” James told ESPN’s Dave Pasch on the telecast after the game. “And knowing where I come from, knowing how hard it was to get to this point — it’s just never being in satisfied mode. I give it all to the man above for giving me God-given abilities. I’m taking full advantage of ’em. And then my coaching staff and my teammates throughout these 16 years so far, have gotten me to this point.”

“If he stays healthy, the way he’s looking and moving, he has a chance at Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar),” Dirk Nowitzki previously told ESPN. “His numbers have been unbelievable. He doesn’t seem to slow down. The stuff he was doing last year in Year 15 was incredible. If he keeps this up, he can pass Kareem.”

Next up for Lebron is passing Jordan.

Top Four Scoring Leaders

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387)

2. Karl Malone (36,928)

3. Kobe Bryant (33,643)

4. Michael Jordan (32,292)

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Tracy McGrady Wants Melo To Retire

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Carmelo Anthony hasn’t looked like himself in the past two years. After a slow start with the Rockets, Melo’s future is now in question.

Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady thinks Melo should just walk away from the game before he ruins his legacy. “You have the Hall of Fame career. Just go ahead and let it go,” said McGrady.

“I don’t want him to go another situation like this, and people are just pouring out negativity on this man’s legacy.”

Carmelo is putting up 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 40.5% from the field but a rough 32.8% from long range — his worst mark since 2006-07 (26.8%).

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