2014 NBA All-Star Predictions
2014 NBA All-Star Game Predictions
As the new season is set to kick off in late October, it's time that we take a look at the stars of next season, and in particular the All-Stars.
Since the All-Star Game's creation in 1951, we have seen some of the best players in the world grace the court with their presence all at once. And until that time, we had never seen something like that before.
This game gives us a chance to take a look at every single star within the league who are all competing at the highest level. It's also a chance for the players to have some fun and put their talents on full display for all to enjoy.
Although this game has no consequences in its outcome, the players still seem to give it their all when out on the court. It may be to outdo their fellow teammates/opponents and show the audience who's the best on the floor, or just because there is still some animosity towards one another from previous encounters. This is one of the most anticipated game's of the year.
From being named to your conference All-Star team to winning the game's MVP, there is still a lot to play for when pride is on the line. There is also the Slam Dunk Competition, 3-Point Competition and Skills Competition that help round out NBA All-Star Weekend. This event has something for everyone to enjoy.
Just being named to an All-Star team is an accomplishment in itself, so let's make some predictions as to who will be selected for the 2014 All-Star Game.
West All-Star Point Guard - Chris Paul
It's no surprise that last year's All-Star Game MVP will be returning to New Orleans as the starting point guard for the West. Chris Paul averaged almost 17 points and 10 assists last season with the Los Angeles Clippers while leading them to the fourth seed in the West. Paul could even make a case for his first regular season MVP if he keeps these statistics up, but he'll definitely be attending his seventh All-Star Game come February.
East All-Star Point Guard - Kyrie Irving
This up-and-coming star has been a joy to watch in his first two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Making his first All-Star Game debut last season, Kyrie Irving is going to have an even better season this year with the additions of both Andrew Bynum and Anthony Bennett. I must admit that I did go back and forth between Derrick Rose and Irving as the starter for the East, but I believe Kyrie is going to dominate his opponents throughout the season on his way to his first-ever playoffs with the Cavs.
West All-Star Shooting Guard - Kobe Bryant
At the age of 35, Kobe Bryant is still one of the best players in the league today. And when it come to shooting guards in the Western Conference, there is no one better than "The Black Mamba". In coming seasons, we might see the likes of rising star Stephen Curry, who will most likely make his first All-Star appearance, coming off the bench behind Kobe. But until then, Bryant will make his unbelievable 16th All-Star Game appearance as a members of theLos Angeles Lakers.
East All-Star Shooting Guard - Dwayne Wade
With all the injuries to this great superstar, some are in doubt of his ability to keep coming back time after time. But I am a full-hearted believer in Dwanye Wade's "never give up" mentality, and I expect him to have another stellar season with the Miami Heat on his way to a third consecutive championship.
West All-Star Small Forward - Kevin Durant
Arguably the second-best player in the league behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant is one of the purest shooters we've ever seen, as well as an unstoppable force when the game is on the line. With Russell Westbrook's ACL injury in last season's playoffs, Durant was forced to put his Oklahoma City Thunder on his back, which worked out well in the first round against the Houston Rockets, but failed to pan out in his second round meeting with the Memphis Grizzlies. With the hopeful return of Westbrook, Durant will have some weight lifted off his shoulders, and will have another monumental season on the way to his fifth consecutive All-Star appearence.
East All-Star Small Forward - LeBron James
There really isn't much that needs to be said about this guy. Being the best player in the world, it'd be considered a failure if he doesn't make the All-Star Game. And as LeBron James is a two-time defending NBA regular season MVP, two-time Finals MVP and two-time NBA champion; I'd say he's a shoo-in to represent the East at small forward.
West All-Star Power Forward - Blake Griffin
Averaging career numbers of 20 points and 10 rebounds while throwing down some of the most ferocious dunks known to man, Blake Griffin is a fan favorite across the league. With his improved outside shooting to accompany his dominance down low, this guy is a force to be reckoned with. And as the Los Angeles Clippers are quickly become the powerhouse in L.A., Griffin will surely be the representative of the West at the power forward position in New Orleans.
East All-Star Power Forward - Joakim Noah
With the absence of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah was asked to step up as a leader for the Chicago Bulls last season, which he did. Averaging 11 points and 11 rebounds to accompany two blocks a game, Noah was a force in the paint like never before. And with the return of the former MVP in the upcoming season, I can only see things getting better for this Florida Gators star.
West All-Star Center - Dwight Howard
Now that Superman has found a new home with the Houston Rockets, I expect him to have another tremendous season and squash the bitter memories made with the Los Angeles Lakers. Dwight Howard will have a year similar to his MVP-worthy run with the Orlando Magic in the 2010-11 season when he averaged almost 23 points and 14 rebounds a game. This will be Dwight's eighth All-Star appearance and who knows, he may even participate in another Slam Dunk Contest to boot.
East All-Star Center - Tyson Chandler
Being named to his first All-Star Game last season and making a strong case for Defensive Player of the Year, Tyson Chandler is playing some of his best basketball late in his career. With an NBA title already under his belt, he is trying to help the star-studded New York Knicks find their team chemistry and make a run at a championship themselves. On the way, he'll garner his second consecutive All-Star appearance.