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West All Stars are loaded

First Quarter West All-Star Team

The NBA season is a quarter of the way completed and once again the West All-Star team is going to be loaded. Kobe and Duncan’s retirements and Dirk’s health leave a little room for shifting, but making this team is not going to be easy. Here is the first quarter West All-Star team.

Guards

Russell Westbrook, Thunder

Westbrook is the early MVP favorite as a triple-double machine and having a career year in scoring, assists, rebounds, 3PTM, 3PT%, and Minutes. Enjoy watching, this is something special.

West All Stars are loaded

James Harden, Rockets

Of course Harden is having his best season at the same time Westbrook is. Harden’s Rockets are back in the Playoffs, making it impossible for him to miss out on the All-NBA team again this year. 28.3/11.8/7.6 are you kidding me?

Steph Curry, Warriors

Curry’s ridiculous season last year is his worst enemy. How would you like people to think you are having a bad season while averaging 26.9 points, and shooting 49.6/42.4/92.6 while making a three pointer more per game than anyone else in the league?

Chris Paul, Clippers

Averaging a career-low 31.5 minutes per game, but still leading the league in steals and shooting a career high 41% from deep. His play has the Clips in position to challenge the Warriors and Spurs in the West Playoffs.

Forwards

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KD is playing better than ever.

Kevin Durant, Warriors

Averaging 27.3 while shooting career-highs 56.2% overall and 42.9% from three, along with career-highs in rebounds (7.7) and blocks (1.8).

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs

Kawhi has seen a dip in efficiency as he takes more and more of the load in SA, still 45.3/38.3/91.0 are not bad shooting numbers for the best-defender-in-the-land (who also happens to be averaging 25.8 ppg).

Anthony Davis, Pelicans

AD’s Pelicans haven’t helped him much, but he’s doing his best to carry his team scoring 30+ in all but 6 games while leading the league in scoring and blocks.

Draymond Green, Warriors

Draymond earns the nod as the 3rd Warriors All-Star because of his rebounding, passing, and defense. He is the glue of the best offensive team I’ve ever seen.

Centers

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings

Along with AD and KAT as the only players good enough to make the team from non-Playoff teams. His 28.1 PER is too good to not name him an All-Star.

Karl-Anthony Towns, T-Wolves

The Wolves haven’t come along as far as projected, but KAT is right on track. 22/10/1.5 is good enough to edge out DeAndre Jordan for his first All-Star nod.

Wildcards

Damian Lillard, Blazers

A career-high 27.8 ppg to go with 5 apg, 5 rpg, and 1 spg, Lillard is doing it all as the Blazers’ spark plug. He already has six 35+ games this year. He had seven all season last year. No more All-Star snubs for Dame.

 

All-Star Hayward

This is the year Hayward will break-through.

Gordon Hayward, Jazz

The Jazz are in the Playoff hunt largely due to Hayward’s all-around play and improved scoring (up to 22.8ppg). He will no longer be among┬áthe best players in the league to never be named an All-Star.

Mike Conley, Grizzlies (injured)

Isn’t it a shame that an injury will derail Conley’s best chance to earn his first All-Star selection. Conley has easily been the best player on the Grizz this year.

 

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