The NBA today had a lot or tons of versatile and unique frontcourts that changed the league’s landscape. Follow for more NBA All star stories here!
Both conferences (Eastern and Western) have a pool of talented frontcourts that could make the final cut for the 2023 NBA All-Star. This is a huge testament for the development of the league as the premier basketball in the World, given the talents across the globe and the continuing rise of competition and collision of up and coming forwards against the veterans.
Listed below are the eight best Forwards (so far) across two conferences that figure prominently in the battle for spots in the NBA Allstar 2023 Forwards.
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Jayson Tatum: 31.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.3 apg
The Boston Celtics Forward is enjoying his best season so far, where he currently has a strong contention for the 2022-2023 NBA MVP. In their last game against the Hornets, the Duke product scored 51 points, nine rebounds, and five assists to lead Celtics in seventh straight win. The 24 year-old is already producing legendary numbers with a series of 30 points, four 40-points and a 50-point performance this season. Currently, Tatum had a 15 40-point for his career, third in the Celtics history behind Larry Bird with 47 and Paul Pierce with 21.
Lauri Markkanen: 24.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.9 apg
Finland’s future and the new Utah Jazz face has become phenomenal this season, scoring multiple 30-points and 25 points to power Utah clinging into the eight spot in a very competitive Western Division. His marquee game was against the Rockets when scored 49 points and a win. Before joining Utah Jazz in a blockbuster Donovan Mitchell trade, Markkanen had been putting up double-double numbers in Chicago but found no success before joining Cleveland and suffered the same fate. Now, with his new team, he found his place and success he was looking for in his six year and ongoing NBA career.
Zion Williamson: 26.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.6 apg
Before missing the games for almost the whole month of January, Zion was once again put the whole league on notice on what he will become and how scary the New Orleans Pelicans under his prime. He is one of the most explosive young hoopers, producing dunks after dunks. The 22 year-old is shooting an amazing 60.5% in his career, which makes him the only player in NBA history to average over 25 ppg while shooting an efficient 60%. Before missing games, he is also climbing the KIA MVP ladder and conversation that will really surprise the Western Division.
LeBron James: 29.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 7.0 apg
The Year 20 for this Ohio native remains dominant and he is looking to lock his 18th appearance in the All-Star game. The team captain for five All-Star games and a four-time NBA Champion, despite being 38, still seems in his prime, grinding out in all aspects of the game to lift the struggling Los Angeles Lakers to keep up with the competitive Western division. He recently scored 48 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds to help Lakers clinched their 20th win this season and narrowly beat the Rockets.
Nikola Jokic: 24.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 9.8 apg
The reigning two-time NBA MVP and potentially locking his third MVP are producing a historic season as a big man for the Denver Nuggets who are currently enjoying the first seed in the West. He is putting up abysmal numbers, 40-points, 50-points, and 30-points triple-doubles. The Serbian Phenom, if not being with the similar division with the King, he will possibly be the captain of the Western squad. Jokic ranked no.1 in NBA History ahead of greats Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabber in total games by a center in which they led in points, rebounds, and assists.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 31 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 5.3 apg
Despite the current slides of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Greek freak is still putting in and helping his team to be in a consistent Top Four in the East and he made some strong notes including his 42 points performance which they defeated Pelicans. The Two-time KIA MVP is currently on track to become just the eighth player in NBA history to average 30 points or more, 10-plus rebounds and five-plus assists in a season.
Kevin Durant: 29.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5.3 apg
Before sustaining an MCL sprain, the 15-year veteran and a two-time NBA champion is leading the Brooklyn Nets to a hot 12-game winning streak and climbed up to the second in the East. He made his marquee performance in the win against the Pistons, 124-121. Durant contributed a game-high 43 points (his second outing of the season with 40-plus points). He scored 20 of his 26 points in the final 3:18 of the match to become the first player in the last 25 seasons to produce that many points in the final four minutes of any quarter. Durant also moved into 16th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (26,398 points).
Joel Embiid: 33.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 4.3 apg
Despite an early struggle of the Philadelphia this season (majorly due to chemistry issue), Joel Embiid is still putting up all-star caliber numbers and has been the leader for the Sixers that has James Harden to guide them in the fourth spot in the competitive East. He owned the longest active streak of 30-point games. Embiid notched his 13th double-double as Philadelphia won its fifth-straight game – which would lock for his 2023 All-Star Game, his sixth in a row as he now averages a career high in points, field goal percentages, assists, and in steals.
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