The star wingers of the Lakers and Brooklyn will be responsible for nominating their team for the All Star Game on March 7.
It will be “Team LeBron” versus “Team KD”. We learned earlier this Thursday, after weeks of true-false doubt and the opposition of a number of players, including some figures from the NBA, that the All Star Game 2021 will indeed take place on March 7 in Atlanta. We now know the list of ten holders and the identity of the two captains. Stephen Curry (Golden State), Luka Doncic (Dallas), Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers), LeBron James (LA Lakers) and Nikola Jokic (Denver) were acclaimed in the West, and Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn), the top scorer of the League (32.8 pts / game) Bradley Beal (Washington), Kevin Durant (Brooklyn), two outgoing MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) and Joel Embiid (Philadelphia), in the East. These holders were chosen by a combination of votes from the public (50%), players (25%) and the press (25%). The players who received the most votes in each of the two Conferences are captains, they are LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
By delving into the details of the votes, we see that most of the winners were voted for by the three colleges of voters. In the East, this is the case of Beal, Durant, Antetokounmpo and Embiid. Second for the public and the players, Irving, him, comes only fourth among the journalists, who would have rather seen the Celtic Jaylen Brown as holder. In the West, James, Jokic and Curry were unanimous. For the full-backs, fans saw Doncic backing Curry, while players and the media preferred the Blazer Damian Lillard. In the event of a tie, the public vote takes precedence. The Slovenian therefore had the last word. Finally, the players would have preferred Laker Anthony Davis instead of Leonard.
Gobert in the waiting room
And Rudy Gobert in all of this? Leader in the League standings with Utah, the 28-year-old international hub will, most likely, be part of the list of replacements to be unveiled next Tuesday. In fact, and without chauvinism, it would be an absolute scandal otherwise, even if the contenders for a place among the stars are numerous in the West … Note that four international players are among the ten holders of the next All Star Game, Antetokounmpo (Greece), Doncic (Slovenia), Embiid (Cameroon) and Jokic (Serbia). The NBA even has five – which would constitute a record – with the native of Melbourne Irving (Australia). The latter, however, defends the colors … of the United States on the international scene. One thing is certain: LeBron James and Kevin Durant will be responsible for composing their team during a Draft on March 4. They will select four players from the starters and seven from the substitutes. And then, it’s time to play …