Breaking Down the 2018 NBA All-Star Game
The All-Start Game Draft is Must-See TV.
The city of Los Angeles will host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on February 16. The All-Star game was amazing in the era of Magic, Bird, and Jordan. Post-Jordan, the All-Star game lost its luster. The players don’t play defense except for the last five minutes of the game. All-Star Saturday night and the sneakers players wear in-game are more important than what conference wins. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the Players Union changed the selection process in hopes of re-invigorating fan interest. The two leading vote-getters in the league are team captains and just like in a pickup game, pick their respective squads. This year, LeBron James captain’s the East team and Stephen Curry leads the West. TNT’s Inside the NBA breaks down the storylines heading to the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
The All-Star Draft Will Be a Secret
Team captains will select their teams behind closed doors. Therefore, NBA fans won’t get to see the drama if King James snubbed his former Cavs’ teammate Kyrie Irving from his team. What will happen if Stef picks ‘The Beard’ over Kevin Durant? It would be incredible, but the NBA won’t be televising the draft. We call foul and some players agreed. James and Wizards’ PG John Wall told USA Today, “We’re all grown men,” he said. “It doesn’t stop your paycheck from coming.” John Wall added, “They should let it be known,” We’re grown men, like (LeBron) said. If they ain’t pick you, they ain’t pick you.” Fans want to see the draft and have started a hashtag on Twitter #televisethedraft. Commissioner Silver responded this way.
— Handles (@HandlesNBATV) January 11, 2018
The All-Star Starters
The All-Star Reserves
2018 All-Star Reserves (East)
|Bradley Beal||Guard||Washington Wizards||1st All-Star Selection|
|Al Horford||Center/Forward||Boston Celtics||5th All-Star Selection|
|Kevin Love||Center/Forward||Cleveland Cavaliers||5th All-Star Selection|
|Kyle Lowry||Guard||Toronto Raptors||4th All-Start Selection|
|Victor Oladipo||Guard||Indiana Pacers||1st All-Star Selection|
|Kristaps Porzingis||Center/Forward||New York Knicks||1st All-Star Selection|
|John Wall||Guard||Washington Wizards||5th All-Star Selection|
2018 All-Star Reserves (West)
|LaMarcus Aldridge||Forward||San Antonio Spurs||6th All-Star Selection|
|Jimmy Butler||Guard||Minnesota Timberwolves||4th All-Star Selection|
|Draymond Green||Center/Forward||Golden State Warriors||3rd All-Star Selection|
|Damian Lillard||Guard||Portland Trailblazers||3rd All-Start Selection|
|Klay Thompson||Guard||Golden State Warriors||4th All-Star Selection|
|Karl-Anthony Towns||Center/Forward||Minnesota Timberwolves||1st All-Star Selection|
|Russell Westbrook||Guard||Oklahoma City Thunder||7th All-Star Selection|
The All-Star Snubs
Pistons’ center Andre Drummond and OKC’s Paul George were two of the most high-profile All-Star snubs this year. However, F&TS believes the biggest snub was Lou Williams of the LA Clippers. The guy is all buckets. Drummond wasn’t happy about missing out on the honor. He posted his reaction on Twitter. Russell Westbrook was also unhappy. He stuck up for his teammates PG-13, who is one of the best two-way players in the league.
Guess I gotta start doing back flips after every point I score to get attention around here!
Lmao on to the next
— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) January 24, 2018
Russell Westbrook called it “outrageous” that Paul George was not named an All-Star: pic.twitter.com/62vmKKbFSx
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 24, 2018
NBA News and Notes
The participants for the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest are almost set. Orlando Magic F Aaron Gordon will be in the contest for the third consecutive year. In 2016, Gordon and eventual dunk champ Zack Lavine put on a head-to-head showdown for the ages. Gordon will be joined by Pacers’ All-Star Victor Oladipo, Dallas Mavericks’ rookie Dennis Smith Jr., and one more competitor. Larry Nance Jr. of the Lakers is the rumored last competitor.
League-leading vote-getter LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 30,000 points on Tuesday night.
Kristaps Porzingis is the second youngest New York Knicks All-Star.
Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. is already one of the NBA's best dunkers.
— ESPN (@espn) January 23, 2018