It was announced recently that the 2023 all-star draft will be held on the day of the All-Star game on Feb. 19. Follow for Allstar draft updates here!
For the third time, it was LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo who are the leaders/captains of their respective team and will have the privilege to select players on their team at the day of the game. Here we will discuss who should be included in the All-Star team and who is out. You may visit us for more NBA All Star news and upcoming updates here!
In: Lauri Markkanen (UTA)
An Arizona product and Finnish International have been putting up terrific numbers this season for the Utah Jazz including his 49 points against the Rockets. He is currently averaging 24.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game – which is a huge leap from his previous seasons for Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. He should be in the All-Star and represent Utah as he is also vying for Most Improved Player award.
Out: Draymond Green (GSW)
Despite being a major piece for the Golden State Warriors four championships, he is consistently producing poor numbers in terms of scoring and has been affecting the team, recently, with his off-court attitude (pertaining to the Jordan Poole incident). He is undeserved for his spot in the fan voting and many players that are actually deserve the spot and to be included as an All-Star
In: Kyle Kuzma (WAS)
Since joining the Washington Wizards in 2021, the former Lakers forward is enjoying his best season in his career, averaging 21.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and four assists per game, lifting Wizards to play-in hopes. He proves to everyone that he can flourish even without the shadow of LeBron James and Lonzo Ball and can lead a team to a promising season.
Out: Paolo Banchero (ORL)
This is a bit surprising, Paolo Banchero is an overall pick of the 2022 NBA Draft and has been enjoying his first best season with Orlando Magic and being the leader for Rookie of the Year ladder. However, this is not the right time for Banchero to be included in the All-Star game, he is still raw and needed to prove a lot given that his team is still at the bottom and tanking for next year’s number one pick.
In: Pascal Siakam (TOR)
The Cameroonian International is once again proving himself as the cornerstone of Toronto Raptors (after the 2019 Championship) as he was averaging a career high 25.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 6.5 assists – which is an all-around performance, exerting effort on both ends of the floor. If he was once again selected to be an All-Star this season, it will be his second All-Star appearance.
Out: Derrick Rose (NYK)
The youngest NBA MVP is currently enjoying his healthy season with the New York Knicks after years of misfortunes due to injuries. Though loved and supported by NBA fans around the world, the 34 year-old point guard really did not deserve to be on this list and his position is really deserved by others like Tyrese Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox. Rose is currently averaging 5.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game which is not an All-Star caliber number
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