Ebene News – AU – NBA 2021 All-Star Reserve Choice for East and West

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With the entries announced, it’s time to fill the lists with the most deserving names remaining Who deserves to make this year’s game? And who misses the cup?

The NBA announced the 10 players selected as starters for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday night, and for the second straight season, eight players on my official ballot made the final selection I Went 4 In 5 both in the East (Team Captain Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bradley Beal) and in the West (Team Captain LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry)

As I went with Jaylen Brown, who finished second in the media poll, the fan and player vote pushed Kyrie Irving into the starting lineup Something similar happened in the West: I picked Damian Lillard, who finished second in player and media polls, but the strength of the fan vote pushed Luka Doncic into the starting five for second. consecutive season

Irving and Doncic are both extremely valid choices – and, in fact, as the last cuts of my starting picks, these are the first names I wrote on the list of reservations I would choose to fill. the benches of the exhibition which will take place next month in defiance of, you know, [gestures largely to everything]

Not that my list counts in this selection process; while fans, players and members of the media (like me!) vote on the starting rosters, the reserve corps depends on the coaches Just because I won’t have any impact doesn’t mean I can’t speak the way things should be, however I mean, this is the internet after all

Having established all that, here are the seven players from each conference – three frontcourt players, two guards and two wild cards regardless of position designation – that I would choose to complete the All-Star roster. of this year:

FC Anthony Davis, Lakers * FC Paul George, ClippersFC Rudy Gobert, JazzG Damian Lillard, Trail BlazersG Mike Conley, JazzWC Donovan Mitchell, JazzWC Chris Paul, Suns

Davis’ debut in 2020-2021 looks like what fellow futurist Giannis Antetokounmpo scrambled in the East; none have been as impressive as during their remarkable 2019-2020 campaigns Like Giannis, however, AD – averaging 225 points, 84 rebounds, 30 assists and 31 combined blocks / steals per game while shooting 53% on the pitch and anchoring the best defense in the league – did more than enough to earn an All-Star nod

HOWEVER! As Davis’s recent fight with right Achilles tendinosis will make his return to the pitch before the All-Star break “extremely unlikely”, I am forced to designate an injury replacement. (Hence that telltale asterisk at the top) I choose Zion Williamson, who has already logged more games and minutes than in his rookie season, and who has been an even more devastating attacking force in Year 2: 25 points, 68 rebounds and 31 assists over 326 minutes per game, shooting a scorching 618 percent from the field Reminder: he’s 20 No player so young has ever scored so much and so effectively; the last player to even come close was Adrian Dantley, almost 45 years ago

Already a heavyweight attacking the basket, Williamson could technically qualify as a weapon of mass destruction now that head coach Stan Van Gundy has put the ball in his hands Functioning as a point striker for the past 12 games Pelicans, Zion’s possession time, average dribbles per touch, drives to basket per game and assists are up from their early season levels; in a related story, a New Orleans attack that ranked 19th in offensive efficiency in 16 games rubbed shoulders with the Nets, the league leader since I’m going to come out on a terribly solid branch here and say I suspect the Zion All-Star’s first appearance won’t be his last

Before suffering a toe injury that sidelined him for the past two weeks, Paul George was possibly the best start to his career PG took all kinds of shit for the role that he played in the Clippers’ collapse against Denver in the last playoffs After a healthy offseason and armed with a massive four-year contract extension, he has vowed to return locked up with a vengeance So far so good The swingman star has paired a high efficiency score (244 points in 51/48/91 shooting matches and a career-high 662 live shooting percentage) with next-level play (a high in career of 55 assists per game) and his usual excellent perimeter defense for a Clipper team who have been turned on offensively and have played a top-level defense every time George has split the floor with starter Kawhi Leonard It remains to be seen whether the revamped clips will fare better in the playoffs than the last one; this version of George, of course, would help

Completing the reserve frontcourt: the two-way centerpiece of the best team in the NBA

There aren’t really any surprises in Gobert’s game; the jazz center does just what it does The thing, however, is that it does these things as well, if not better, than anyone else in the league Almost no one disputes more hits, and few have a greater impact on them; opponents are shooting 74 percent below their season average with Gobert competing, one of the biggest gaps in the league And that’s when they even took them off: Jazz’s opponents take a significantly weaker share of their shots from the edge and from 3-point dirt when Gobert patrolled the middle, a combination of their reluctance to challenge him on the rim and the confidence of their teammates to press and play aggressively on the rim. bow, knowing he’s waiting to clean up the mess He’s the main reason the Jazz again ranks near the top of the league in points allowed per possession – and, with his constant screen to bring out the creators of Utah, the threat he poses as a vertical spacer with his elite pick finishing the rollers, and his impact as an offensive rebounder and second-chance points producer, he’s a big reason why Quin Snyder’s club also sit at the top of the offensive standings.

He’s far from the only one though, and two more get two of my last four spots The Jazz wouldn’t be the beautiful, brutal offensive machine they’ve become without the work of their stellar backyard

Mitchell didn’t blitz the league with the same fury he unleashed on Denver back in the bubble, but he continued his steady growth as the no 1 scoring option and playmaker He became both a more patient passer and a high-volume, long-range shooter – one of six players in the league attempting at least eight trebles a night and knocking down over 39% of them – which has opened up again his play as a slasher and drive-and-kick facilitator The result: a career-best 242 points and 51 assists per game, fueling Utah’s evolution into one of the league’s most menacing attacks

As good as Gobert and Mitchell were, however, I’m not sure the Jazz reach that level of dominance – they enter a league record 24-5 on Friday, with almost the same point differential as the Year 1 KD Warriors – without Conley bouncing back from an unstable first season in Utah (Or, more specifically, continuing the bounce that started once he was healthy last February)

Like almost everyone in a Jazz uniform these days, Conley bombs away, shooting 41% deep on 68 attempts per game, both career highs He is seamlessly integrated as a complementary ball handler , threat on and off the ball and reliable defenseman in the backcourt, and has been a common thread in Jazz’s killer rosters from all walks of life: alongside Mitchell, alongside Jordan, the sixth man leader of the year Clarkson, and even, in small doses, as the only nominal guardian flanked by three wings and Gobert, with whom he developed fantastic chemistry

Advanced stats love Conley almost as much as his teammates and basketball bloggers: he’s near the top of the league in regularized adjusted plus minus, real plus-minus ESPN, and the RAPTOR metric of FiveThirtyEight, and in the top 20 in the plus-minus box and win shares every 48 minutes All of this is influenced to some extent by the presence of Gobert; over 85% of Conley’s minutes this season have come with the All-Star center on the floor.It should be noted, however, that the Jazz are over-54 in 99 minutes when Conley plays without Gobert this season, posting a clean rating even louder than when they play together One theory, humbly submissive: All of those whimsical numbers also factor in that Mike Conley is kicking the ass and – finally – deserving the first All-Star appearance of his 14-year career

As I mentioned above, I voted for Lillard to be part of the starting lineup As that didn’t happen I’ll be placing him here as a reserve in recognition of how he marries the gigantic production – 298 points, 77 assists and 44 rebounds per game, shooting 384 percent from deep on 108 attempts per night – with a team success that often seems to rest squarely on his shoulders

The loss of Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum (who was on their way to an All-Star spot) seemed like a blow to a Blazers side that had already struggled thanks to a last-five defense But Portland went 10-5 without two of its top three players, including six straight wins to move up to fourth in the West, thanks in large part to its best player in that month-long streak, the Blazers are 7-2 in games where the score was within five points in the final five minutes, with Dame scoring 44 points on a 14-for-22 shot in 30 minutes of “taking” This includes a number of endgame bombs that recalled how “Dame Time” became a thing:

I’m not sure if the ‘clutch’ (as a trait that some players have and some don’t) exists.If it did, it would probably look a lot like Lillard who continues year after year , dragging the Blazers through whatever they have to do – a rash of injuries, failed role players, defensive inconsistency – to win in games many other teams would lose It’s also a very definition. “All-Star” practice, now that you mention it

That left me with one spot remaining and three main contenders: two Suns guards and DeMar DeRozan, who has been great for a San Antonio team that is only a game and a half away from fourth place. p>

Yes, much of the credit for Spurs’ success goes to a killer second unit led by Patty Mills As the starters drag San Antonio down, however, it has become clear that this is the LaMarcus Aldridge’s precipitous decline: Spurs are minus 73 in 381 minutes with DeRozan and Aldridge sharing the floor, but plus 54 in 454 minutes when DeMar is on the court and LaMarcus is on the bench, edging opponents by a very healthy 45 points for 100 possessions out of the garbage The NBA history arc kind of turned DeRozan into a little 4 point ball, and he rolled with it and thrived; he drops dimes and comes to the free throw line at career-best rates (or near it), hardly ever returning the ball while displaying the most efficient shooting numbers of his career and serving as a ‘stabilizer agent (especially late in games) as young Spurs continue to develop their talents

In the end, however, my decision was up to Paul and Booker – a tough choice made more difficult by these crazy stats from the Suns’ successful but rather odd start: Phoenix has nearly identical (and excellent) crisp marks in minutes Booker-but-no-CP3 and CP3-but-no-Booker minutes, and was outclassed when they split the court

Booker was the main threat, averaging 244 points per game while continuing to consolidate himself as one of the sport’s purest midrange craftsmen; half of his shots were in the middle zones, and he drills 50 percent, a career-high He handed some of the responsibility for game design and late-game control over to Paul – he had to to expect – and its assistance and crisis time figures have plummeted as a result I don’t like the idea of ​​telling Booker about it; if anything, his case should be bolstered by the willingness he has shown to make room for a newcomer throughout the league, cutting down some aspects of his individual play for the greater good of the successful genre. team the Suns have only known once in the past decade

It’s just hard to elevate that over Paul’s affirmative thesis.He helped bolster a Phoenix defense which, after years of not even approaching the league average, ranks seventh for the points awarded per possession He’s been even more off on all those floats and pull-ups than Booker – 521 percent of the midrange, down a mark from last season, but still an elite mark – and led the team. with its hallmark mark of demanding efficiency Almost every advanced stat you can find, with the exception of RAPM, where Booker has an advantage, suggests the CP3 is making a larger possession-per-possession contribution to win He also continued his job as one of the deadliest clutch scorers in the game; only three players have scored more in times of crisis this season than Paul

Add it all up, and I’m going with Paul on Booker and DeRozan by a hair These are the first calls if we need replacements because one or two members of the Western selection suddenly fall with hamstrings or foot problems stubborn as they get closer to having to show up for lockdown in Atlanta

FC Khris Middleton, BucksFC Julius Randle, KnicksFC Jayson Tatum, CelticsG Jaylen Brown, CelticsG James Harden, NetsWC Zach LaVine, BullsWC Fred VanVleet, Raptors

I have to be honest: I had even more difficult times with the East than with the West One complicating factor: even though I chose not to vote Harden as a starter, he is simply impossible to ignore the gigantic statistical record he has accumulated since arriving in Brooklyn during the selection of reserves

Harden is 24 on average 2 points shooting 50/40/90, a league-leading 11 7 assists and 82 rebounds per game in net He alternates between orchestrating the offense when sharing the floor with Irving and Kevin Durant (a 4 Assist / Rollover Ratio of 4 to 1 and only 18 5% Utilization Rate in Big Three Minutes) and become a one-man army when he doesn’t (294 points on the 693 burn true shot and 116 assists every 36 minutes without them, using 31% of Brooklyn’s possessions) Prior to this season, Basketball-Reference’s most powerful attacking com database, which dates back to 1973, was owned by Dallas Mavericks year, which averaged 1,167 points per 100 possessions With Harden on the floor, the nets are averaging 1235 points per 100 A lot of people might hate the way Harden landed in Brooklyn, but he been exactly as advertised since arriving, and Nets championship chances seem all the stronger

I asked Irving to join him in a back-up area entirely in Brooklyn, which is a fun pun to try if you need something to do while you, like me, continue to lose your mind in the 12th month of a pandemic Since Kyrie landed in the top five, however, I’ll be placing Brown – for my money, the best two-way goalie in the East so far this season – in his place.

Already one of the most versatile and valuable wings in the league, Brown has kicked off his offensive ascent into a new stratosphere this season, averaging 25 career bests.9 points per game on 506 percent shooting The fifth-year swingman has become a legitimate three-tier goalscorer, shooting 72% inside the restricted area, 54% from mid-range, 41% beyond the ‘arc and 77% at the foul line He’s making his way to a career high 113 drives and 48 free throw attempts per game, and has continued to sand through the final rough edges of his attacking game, improving his set and becoming a more active and aggressive playmaker; Brown doubled his assist rate without a corresponding increase in turnovers It was a disappointing start to Boston, but amid all the turmoil, Brown helped keep Boston in the middle of the Eastern playoffs and has established itself as a no A full caliber 1 talent

Middleton takes a reserve first zone spot here in recognition of his excellence across the board – 20-6-6 on 51/43/91 shooting matches, career best job as a passer in an attack revamped Bucks that has been one of the league’s most explosive and perennially strong defense for a Milwaukee side vying for first place in the conference As was the case last season, Robin appears to be transforming into Batman whenever Giannis Antetokounmpo takes the cape and hood off: Middleton is averaging 30-7-7 every 36 minutes when playing without the MVP twice, with a use rate and real shot percentage that looks like greatest superstars in the NBA

Middleton, who is already deadly on the hold and getting up, presents a whole host of new issues for defenses now that he’s more dangerous off the rebound (shooting 575 percent on 74 discs per game, two career highs) and suddenly showing a sharper view of the pitch As she approaches 30, Middleton is playing the best all-around ball of her career, and that’s enough to earn her her third consecutive place in the All-Star

Tatum started soaring into the stratosphere this time last season He hasn’t quite maintained the same trajectory this year: his 3-point percentage is down a bit, he turned to some of the curvy midrangers he had extensively circumcised from his diet, and he sometimes seems like a man who needs intervention to wean him from the fadeaway riders he misses 62% of the time But progress isn’t always linear – in particular, do you think, in the context of the contraction of COVID-19 last month and the continuation of its pulmonary sequelae Tatum’s developmental arc still traces the form of a superstar: he averages 258 points, 70 rebounds and 47 assists at the age of 22 – numbers that put him in good company with Kareem, Oscar, LeBron, T-Mac and Luka

He went on to take on a bigger role as a playmaker – a must given the exit of Gordon Hayward, the absence of Marcus Smart, and the ineffectiveness of Kemba Walker – and remains one of the defenders. of the league’s most versatile frontcourt, using his strength , 6-foot-11, quickness and wingspan to chase opponents up and down the positional spectrum Despite everything that went wrong in Boston this season, the Celtics still have Tatum and Jaylen Brown, giving them one hell of a foundation on which build

As the season draws closer, hardly anyone would have considered Randle to be that kind of foundational piece The bruised southpaw put up big scores and rebounds in his debut season in New York, but struggled mightily in his first attempt to establish himself as a non-legitimate 1 option and cornerstone; Just a few months ago your average Knicks fan would have been perfectly happy to dispatch Randle for a few intermediate prospects and some future draft picks But based on a rigorous offseason schedule and with the unwavering confidence of the new coach. -Chief Tom Thibodeau, the 26-year-old has completely rewritten his career history

The addition of reliable shooting – 483 percent of midrange, 407% beyond the arc, 802% of the free throw line, all career highs – totally unlocked Randle’s game Play with him, and he can stick the J; play with him, and he can rush to the cup; play him for the shot, and he can use his ever underrated grip and advanced field vision to pulverize the ball to shooters The result has been an astonishing evolution and even more astonishing production: 232 points, 109 rebounds and 55 assists per game on 589 real shots, all while leading the league in minutes and playing physical defense for a team that, in one of the league’s biggest surprises, fell from 22nd in points allowed by possession last season to third this season

It’s no exaggeration to say that Randle made the difference between New York being a playoff-caliber team and one of the worst in the league; as promising as RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley have looked, he doesn’t have any other legitimate differentiator to help shoulder the burden.In spite of all this, Randle gave the Knicks a real shot at making the top spot in the playoffs of the franchise in eight years This is more than shocking; it’s truly impressive, and it earned him his first All-Star appearance

With my wild cards I added two new players for the first time and honestly got a little surprised in the process

Do you know how many players have already averaged 28-5-5 for a full season? Twenty Twelve are already in the Hall of Fame; six more (LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook) will walk in the nanosecond they are eligible for.The other two – Giannis and Luka – are (hopefully) even closer to the start of their careers as of late, but they seem to be well on their way to that kind of rarefied air.Well, that list just might hit blackjack this season, because Zach Friggin’s LaVine is storming the castle

No, LaVine isn’t as good a defender as someone with his size and physical tools probably should be (Although, as Stephen Noh recently argued, he might not be as bad these days as solidified public perception of him suggests) And no, he’s not an elite guard of playmakers like some of the creators who dominate the ball – Harden, Doncic, Trae Young – who have grown in importance in recent years What he is, however, is one of the most effective scorers in the whole damn league Here is the list of guys with use rates north of 30% who make at least 55% of their 2 pointers, 40% of their 3 pointers and 80% of their free throws: Durant, Curry… and LaVine

Only Lady, Steph and Bradley Beal have more 30-point games No one averages that many points per fourth quarter Only Lady has more total points in times of crisis Among high-use players, only Steph and Joel Embiid have a higher live shooting percentage At some point, it might be time to stop beating a player over all the things they can’t do and celebrate what they can. right now there are maybe a handful of players on Earth who can put the ball in the basket as well as Zach LaVine can They’re all gonna be in the All-Star Game He should join them

With so many phenomenal contenders still on the board – of all different styles, stripes, sizes and skills – I just went with my instincts with the last wildcard I think Fred VanVleet deserves to be an All-Star

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He doesn’t score, facilitate, or generate highlights like Trae Young, the alpha and omega of a Hawks attack He’s not the same kind of all-court strength as Bam Adebayo or Ben Simmons: Guys who can lead a high power attack, defend all five positions, and blow up defenders in the block or in transition If any or all of these guys get involved with VanVleet, I’ll understand. But for now, however – this year, this moment – I think VanVleet has played better than all of them

He provided both fireworks and functionality to a Raptors team stranded on a permanent road trip, struggling to recast after losing several key elements to stay afloat in the playoff pursuit of ballast He’s one of nine players averaging 20 points, six assists and four rebounds per game.He is eighth in 3 points, 10th in assists, and he leads the league in both steals and deflections, putting him on the good way for serious consideration of the All-Defensive team

In a season where so much about the Raptors has changed or at times been unreliable, VanVleet has been a constant, playing in all 29 games and averaging the league’s third minutes. Like Conley, advanced stats love him, especially impact metrics: RAPTOR (natch), RPM, RAPM, LEBRON and EPM all rank VanVleet as one of the top 25 players this season.

Maybe it’s a bit rich. Perhaps, however, they’re all picking up the same signal: the fact that the undersized, undervalued, neglected and underrated 26-year-old is the main reason why, amid injuries, inconsistencies and spending the whole season in friggin ” Tampa, the Raptors are keeping their heads above water, back within easy reach of a top four in the East VanVleet has built a career betting on himself and refuting skeptics; Then, maybe, are those who never thought in a million years that the undrafted kid from Rockford, Illinois would turn into an All-Star

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