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The NBA has scrapped the classic East vs. West format in favor of a system that lets the leading vote-getters from each conference (currently LeBron James and Steph Curry) choose their teams from a pool of starters and backups. Commissioner Adam Silver said last week in London that he worked with players’ union president Chris Paul on this change to create more excitement for the All-Star Game, which has been a boring product for the past decade. No defense is played. There’s no intensity. The crowd is dead silent, except for the pregame and halftime festivities.

The NBA is trying to make it interesting with the draft. But the biggest “controversy” in the NBA centers on the fact the All-Star draft will not be televised, and the selection order will be kept secret. There’s been a movement on social media for the NBA to broadcast the selections, which would be fun. But Silver said it’s not happening until maybe in the future. We’ll live. And you know what? This wrinkle could make it more interesting. I’m willing to give it a chance before I fake-rage about a fantasy draft.

Anyway, the deadline for All-Star Game ballot submissions was Monday, January 15, at 12 p.m. ET. Fans count for 50 percent of the vote, while players and media each count for 25 percent. The NBA gave me a vote, and here are the 10 players—two backcourt players and three frontcourt players per team—I selected to start in Los Angeles on February 18.

East Backcourt Starters

DeMar DeRozan, Raptors

DeRozan mastered his footwork from watching Kobe Bryant, who modeled his game after Michael Jordan, so you could say DeRozan is a basketball descendant of Jordan’s. At the least, the Raptors guard is wearing the isolation-scoring championship belt. Since December 13, DeRozan is on a tear, averaging 28.5 points on a 53.2 effective field goal percentage, thrusting him into the MVP conversation and the Raptors toward the top of the East standings.

DeRozan has always been able to get buckets, so high-volume binges are nothing new. The difference now is his efficiency, which is a result of his diligent work this summer, during which he extended his range to the 3. “He’s mastered the midrange craft,” DeRozan’s longtime trainer Chris Farr told me over the phone in August. “Now it’s time to put a cherry on top of the sundae, by stepping out and increasing his range.” Forget the cherry. DeRozan made a whole new sundae.

He’s shooting 42.1 percent from 3 over this hot stretch, and a career-high 35.0 percent on 3.3 attempts per game over the full season. It’s a remarkable development for a player who previously shot 28.1 percent on 1.4 triples per game over his career. The memory of DeRozan jacking endless midrange jumpers lurks in Toronto. No one wants to think about the possibility of his 3-ball tailing off (which is always a possibility). But it doesn’t appear that DeRozan, who has flashed the ability to shoot 3s both off the dribble and off the catch, will become a complete nonthreat from deep, like in past years. There has been real progress, and it’s leading to results.

The fact DeRozan has become an even more dynamic scorer is complemented by the fact he’s also honed his playmaking. Raptors coach Dwane Casey overhauled the team’s system, increasing ball and body movement, and DeRozan has adapted by not only looking to score off the dribble but to pass, as well. With better passing vision and accuracy, DeRozan is posting career-best assist and advanced passing numbers.

The Raptors are rolling. They’re the only team other than the Warriors with a top-five offensive and defensive rating. They’re deep. DeRozan looks like an MVP candidate. And there’s room to improve, as Kyle Lowry is still finding his place in their new-look offense. The Raptors were right to bring the band back and give it another chance to overcome its recent playoff falters. If things went sour, Toronto could have always blown it up. But DeRozan has blown up that idea. The Raptors are here to stay.

Kyrie Irving, Celtics

There have been a lot of tweets passing through my timeline this season that compare Irving’s stats in Boston to last season’s in Cleveland as a way of saying he’s the same player. I get it—he’s averaging 24.0 points and 5.0 assists, compared to 25.2 and 5.8 last season, with very similar shooting numbers. But since when are we looking at box score stats to determine whether a player has changed? Process matters over results, and Irving’s tendencies and usage have changed considerably with the Celtics.

Changes in Kyrie Irving’s Game

Play Type Kyrie 2017-18 Kyrie 2016-17
Play Type Kyrie 2017-18 Kyrie 2016-17
P&R Ball Handler 35% 40%
Isolation 18% 25%
Hand-off 14% 6%
Off Screen 10% 5%
Spot-up 10% 9%

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Source : https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/1/16/16892432/nba-2018-all-star-game-starters-ballot



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