This season’s NBA All-Star will be filled with extremely tough decisions as the All Star voting already concluded with LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo being the leaders in their respective conferences.
Here we will have an in-depth discussion on who’s in and who’s out for the 2023 NBA All Star Draft as LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo set to become the captain of their teams and will pick players from the final 24 players for All Star.
In: Domantas Sabonis (SAC)
The newly acquired Center Domantas Sabonis has become the vital piece and a fit partner for De’Aaron Fox and provided the Sacramento King their best season in a decade and giving the team a chance for a playoff spot in almost 15 years. The 26 year-old from Lithuania is currently averaging a modest 18.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game. If Sabonis made the cut for the All-Star game, which he truly deserves and a must to provide credibility and legitimacy of Sacramento’s impressive season, then this will give him the confidence he needed to have redemption after a series of disappointments and slumps when he was with the Pacers.
Out: Anthony Davis (LAL)
The power of the Los Angeles area became obvious in the result of this all-star voting as the injured and currently on the sideline Anthony Davis managed to earn a third place in All-Star voting for the West frontcourt with 3.8 million votes. Many players from his position really deserve the All-Star spot and should be in the event like Sabonis of Sacramento or Bam Adebayo of Miami Heat. Before his injury, he was averaging 27.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.
In: De’Aaron Fox (SAC)
Sacramento’s primary point guard and cornerstone remains consistent and found new success this season together with his new teammate Domantas Sabonis. He currently leads Sacramento with third seed in the competitive West with a 26-19 record and is averaging 24.2 points and six assists per game. If he makes the cut, along with Sabonis, they will represent the Kings and will make a statement of dominating this season.
Out: Kevon Looney (GSW)
Despite the Warrior big man Kevon Looney having found a vital role for multiple championship runs with the Bay Area, he is still not worthy to be named as an All-Star. He is inconsistent on both ends of the floor, an injury prone player, averaging 6.5 points, and 8.7 rebounds per game. There are really a lot of players that deserve his spot like Jerami Grant of Portland Trail Blazers
In: Jalen Brunson (NYK)
Although this Villanova product point guard is currently playing in an NBA team located at the mecca of basketball with dedicated and passionate fans on his back, it wasn’t enough to at least reach the Top 10 of the fan voting. His signing with the Knicks became vital to the team’s redemption run this season, after missing the playoffs last year. He is the guard that the Knicks are really looking for a long time to pair with their prime players in Julius Randle and RJ Barrett. He is currently averaging 22.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. If he makes the cut for All-Star, this will be his first All-Star game.
Out: Austin Reaves
Another Los Angeles baller that should not be, and does not deserve to be on the list – despite enjoying an improved season and is currently standing as a great help for LeBron James, he should not be on this list. He is still raw and needed a lot of time and improvement on his basketball arsenal. Though, being on this fan voting list is quite impressive for an undrafted player like him. He is currently averaging 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.
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