Andre Drummond, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Isaiah Thomas all made their All-Star game debut last February in Toronto, so which players could make their All-Star game debut in New Orleans this year? Let’s take a look below:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
He is leading the Bucks in all five major statistical categories; Giannis Antetokounmpo nickname is Greek Freak, and rightfully so, his numbers this season are freakish. He’s averaging career highs in every major category, 22.6 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 6 APG, 2.1 SPG, 2 BPG. He will have a time gaining a starting position in the East’s frontcourt with the likes of LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony being frontrunners, but he’s definitely deserving of a reserve spot.
Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks
His teammate, Carmelo Anthony, will likely be selected as a starter, but Porzingis has a strong case against many of the East’s other frontcourt options. Porzingis definitely isn’t in a sophomore slump; he is currently averaging 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.9 blocks. Also, he increases New York’s defensive rating by four points when he’s on the court, and has increased his three-point proficiency since last season. Individually, Porzingis is the only player in the NBA during the 16-17 season who has recorded at least 500 points, 200 rebounds, 50 blocks, and 50 3-point field goals made thus far.
Kemba Walker, Hornets
Averaging 22.3 points a game, shooting off the dribble at a better percentage than Steph Curry, and running the show for a team currently ranked 4th in the Eastern Conference, Kemba Walker is worthy of an All Star nod. Kemba is up against some stiff competition in Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, and Isaiah Thomas, but with an All-Star voting campaign as creative as this, it’s hard not to vote for Kemba.