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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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Antonio Brown Is Not Interested In A Trade

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Antonio Brown has no plans on leaving the Steelers.

The Pro Bowl wideout told reporters was obviously frustrated with the loss on Sunday. Brown tweeted originally tweeted out trade me after a reporter questioned his talent.

During the press interview, Brown stated, “I don’t want to be traded.”

“The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade or wanting to be [traded]. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate,” Rosenhaus said in a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown has recorded 18 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown through the first two weeks.

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Jimmy Butler Wants Out Of Minnesota

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Jimmy Butler is ready to suit up for another team.

Butler is  Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks on his list of preferred destinations according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Butler can be a free agent in July, and those three teams have the max salary space to sign him without giving up assets in a trade.

He informed Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau of the request during a meeting Tuesday in Los Angeles, sources said.

He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in Minnesota last season.

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Dwayne Wade Coming Back For One Last Season

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Dwayne Wade is calling it quits after the 2018 NBA season.

The 12-time All-Star already has three championships is ready to walk away from the game. Wade announced his return in video titled “One Last Dance.”

“This decision is bigger than the game of basketball,” said the soon to be 37-year-old. “This decision don’t have nothing to do with the talent I have in my body. Yeah, I’m not as quick as I used to be. Yeah, I don’t jump as high as I used to. Yeah, I don’t. Yeah, I don’t. Yeah, I don’t.

“A lot of you guys see me is as a three-time champion, a 12-time All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist, y’all didn’t see that kid that no one [saw] because he was small, because he couldn’t shoot as good as everybody else,” he said. “Y’all didn’t see the grind. Y’all didn’t see the tears.”

Wade will return with Miami Heat for his last season. Many fans will forget about his lost tape years in Chicago and Cleveland.

“I still see a player who can contribute heavily if he really wants to,” Heat president Pat Riley said to reporters in July. “If he plays, he’s going to want to do that. We don’t want him back as a place-mat holder or somebody who’s going to be a veteran in the locker room. Dwyane is a great player, a great talent. He’s not the same guy he was in 2006, but he can be a very good player for us and can make a big difference for us. We want him back as a guy that realizes if this is going to be his last year or whatever, we want this to be his best year ever.”

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