Three key questions for the Eastern Conference All-Star squad on the whiteboard

Three key questions for the Eastern Conference All-Star squad on the whiteboard

The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, The Whiteboard, covers the NBA, WNBA, and other leagues. To get it delivered to your inbox every morning, sign up here.

The NBA All-Star starters were announced last night, and Andrew Wiggins’ inclusion was the only surprise. However, there will be some difficult selections and regretful omissions as each roster is filled out with reserves (released Feb. 3).

Three key questions for the Eastern Conference All-Star squad on the whiteboard

With so many narratives entwined in the final 14 berths, I enlisted the help of some of FanSided’s top basketball thinkers to answer three questions about what’s in store for the East.

 

Four East All-Stars

 

Last season’s stars (Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic, Kyrie Irving, Julius Randle) are unlikely to return, and Bradley Beal is a long shot. Isn’t it going to be exciting to see some new faces at this year’s game?

Nothin’ But Nets, Jordanna Clark: It’s excellent for the game and a tribute to all the best league in the world has to offer, in my opinion. The Eastern Conference is loaded this year, and it’s shaping up to be a battle to the finish line, so seeing fresh stars from the conference on show in the All-Star Game will be a delight. The game is in Cleveland, which is apropos given the Cavaliers’ recent rise to No. 3 in the Eastern Conference.

 

Pippen, Andrew Miller It’s Not Easy: Seeing fresh faces at the All-Star Game is always exciting. Because the East is considerably deeper this season, I expect greater stakes to be placed behind some of the new guys in the mix.

See also  Former NFL coach Byron Leftwich is the 'favorite' for the Jaguars position for the time being.

 

NBA Division Director Phillip Barnett: It appears that the NBA is in the midst of a transitional moment, with some of the league’s best stars approaching the point in their careers where output and efficiency begin to wane, while other younger players emerge as potential superstars who will carry on the tradition. Some of the NBA’s most devoted fans are familiar with the younger players, but the All-Star Game is an ideal occasion to showcase players like LaMelo Ball and Darius Garland in front of a national audience. Melo’s on-court (and off-court) sense of style will enslave a generation of kids coming up in today’s NBA, while Garland’s Nash-like feel for the game is ideal for situations where he’s surrounded by quality.

2. Should Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown receive a berth on the Eastern Conference All-Star squad if the Celtics only get one?

Nothin’ But Nets, Jordanna Clark: As much as I admire Jaylen Brown, I believe Jayson Tatum is more deserving of being an All-Star. The Celtics have been a letdown this season, yet Tatum is still averaging 26 points per game despite having a down year by his standards. In addition, he has set career highs in rebounds (8.5) and minutes per game (36.6). When Boston has a competitive team, the league is more enjoyable, and Tatum, not Brown, is the catalyst. Tatum has a chance to start for the second year in a straight now that Kevin Durant is out. He is deserving of such position.

 

Pippen, Andrew Miller It Ain’t Easy: Jayson Tatum has been more productive in recent weeks. I’d go with him since he’s starting to turn it on. However, given they are leading the Celtics this season, both players have a strong argument to be All-Stars.

See also  Beaded Handbags from the Best Manufacturers

 

Jaylen Brown has been one of the few constants for the Celtics in what has been an immensely frustrating season for them. Phillip Barnett, NBA Division Director: Jaylen Brown has been one of the few constants for the Celtics in what has been an exceedingly disappointing season for Boston. He does everything well, fights for the ball on defense, and can score when the team needs it. Regardless of how good Brown has been, Jayson Tatum must be the man. He possesses one of the most fluid games in the NBA, is fearless at the rim, and can score 50 points on any given night. Brown can do all of the tiny things that help teams win games, but fans are tuned in to see the seemingly impossible, and Tatum gives us the best opportunity of providing us with those unforgettable moments.

3. If only one wild card guard spot is available, should it go to Fred VanVleet or Darius Garland?

Nothin’ But Nets: Fred VanVleet, Jordanna Clark, Jordanna Clark, Jordanna Clark, Jordanna Clark, Jordanna Clark, Jordanna Clark, Jordan The Cleveland Cavaliers have been the biggest surprise in the Eastern Conference this season, and Darius Garland is receiving the credit he deserves, but VanVleet’s contributions to Toronto should not be overlooked. He had career highs in points (21.7), assists (7), and rebounds per game, keeping the Raptors in the.500 range (4.7). It’s not easy to replace Kyle Lowry, but VanVleet has risen to the occasion and succeeded. Let’s not forget that he’s made 160 3-pointers this season, and if he hits 300, he’ll join James Harden and Steph Curry as the only players in NBA history to do it.

See also  According to the chief, the police presence will be maintained overnight as the COVID-19 protests continue.

 

Pippen, Andrew Miller It’s Not Easy: Fred VanFleet, in my opinion, is the most deserved candidate this year. VanFleet is at the point in his career when he is a true All-Star, while Garland is having a breakout season. This season, his numbers are also better than Garland’s.

 

NBA Division Director Phillip Barnett: This is the type of question that might break up a family. At least for the time being, Fred VanVleet is a better basketball player than Darius Garland, who is in his third season, but the difference between the two can be measured with a caliper. Garland sees the floor better and is a key cog in a Cavaliers team that is currently third in the Eastern Conference. VanVleet scores the ball better and is slightly ahead in some of the more advanced metrics, while Garland sees the floor better and is a key cog in a Cavaliers team that is currently third in the Eastern Conference. In a vacuum, one may prefer VanVleet, but with the game being played in Cleveland this year, it might make more sense to go with Garland, especially given the Cavs are likely to enter the playoffs without LeBron James for the first time since 1997-98.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.