The early All-Star votes are in, and so far, LeBron James has taken the lead with the most first place votes (609,336). The starting up line up for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game will most likely be as follows: Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving as the starting backcourt, and Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James as the starting frontcourt. Since James is the only player on the starting frontcourt that has actually guarded centers on an irregular basis, he will become the de facto starting center by choice.
If we are comparing starting lineups from both conferences for the All-Star game, James (playing the center position) would be matched up to guard starting West center Dwight Howard. As great as James is on the defensive end, it’s hard to imagine him covering Howard for extended periods of time throughout the game, especially with Roy Hibbert as a back up in the fold.
James playing starting center will make for an interesting tip-off, and further infuse the NBA with a more position-less system. Small-ball and position-less style lineups have been used for many years, but it has become a more prominent philosophy since the Miami Heat won back-to back championships utilizing it, and the league changed the all-star voting ballot to reflect it.
The All-Star games are always entertaining to watch because it pits both conferences against each other, bringing out the fiercest competitive drive from superstar players all around the league. There are always interesting story lines heading into the game, and James starting at center for the East figures to be one of many.