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NBA All-Star Game 2022 – Rosters & Snubs

It is finally All-Star week! The teams are drafted, the injury replacements have been selected, so it is time to discuss the Game, the Rosters and the Snubs!

The Draft & Game Format

Since the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, the league went away from the original game format of East versus West – sort of.

The pool of All-Stars is still voted by fans, media – for the starting 5s – and coaches – for the reserves – with the traditional East/West division.

What changed in 2018 is that the player in each conference that receives the most fan votes is elected the captain of their own team. From there, a Draft is held and each captain chooses their own teammates, from the pool of starting and reserve players selected.

Team LeBron x Team KD NBA ASG Draft.

The game itself has also changed. Since the 2020 NBA ASG, the clock does not run out in the 4th Quarter. Instead, the game will be played to a Final Target Score, meaning it will end with a made basket (including a free-throw ) that reaches or surpasses that target score.

NBA Legend Kobe Bryant is represented twice in the game. First in his number 24 being added to the leading team’s total cumulative score through 3 quarters, to determine the final score to be reached – a homage that started in the 2020 Game. Secondly, as a brand new and sparkling tribute, the Game’s MVP will be the recipient of the Kobe Bryant Trophy.

The Rosters

We will deep dive into each selection in a similar model to the one we used to analyze the Rising Stars Rosters and Snubs.

As the selections are still bound to the traditional division between Eastern and Western Conferences – our analysis will follow the same logic.

Below we break down each conference roster into Locks and Bubble sections. Players in the bubble will be later compared to the ones in the Snubs section.

The stats used for this article were extracted from Basketball Reference, NBA.com, Stats Muse and Cleaning the Glass on February 11th. Any games played after that are not reflected into the statistics.

Eastern Conference

AfroBallers Joel and Giannis are the highlights of the East.

THE LOCKS
Darius Garland
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 19.9 points – 3.3 rebounds – 8.1 assists – 1.2 steals – 0.1 blocks – 3.7 turnovers – 55.3% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 6th in Assists per Game – 9th in Defensive Rating – 16th in Efficiency Differential

DeMar DeRozan
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 27.5 points – 5.2 rebounds – 5.1 assists – 0.9 steals – 0.3 blocks – 2.3 turnovers – 52.8% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 3rd in Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 5th in Clutch eFG% – 6th in Points per Game – 12th in PER & Win Shares – 13th in Fourth Quarter Plus/Minus – 17th in Efficiency Differential

Fred VanVleet
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 21.6 points – 4.6 rebounds – 7.1 assists – 1.7 steals – 0.5 blocks – 2.7 turnovers – 53.2% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 2nd in Clutch eFG% – 9th in Efficiency Differential – 11th in Steals per Game & VORP – 14th in Assists per Game – 15th in Win Shares – 18th in BPM – 19th in Fourth Quarter Points per Game

Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 29.0 points – 11.2 rebounds – 6.0 assists – 1.0 steals – 1.4 blocks – 3.3 turnovers – 57.2% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in 13 categories
    • Leads in Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 2nd in PER, VORP, BPM, Win Shares/48 & Win Shares – 3rd in DBPM – 4th in Points per Game – 7th in Rebounds per Game – 9th in Defensive Win Shares – 14th in Blocks per Game – 19th in Fourth Quarter Plus/Minus – 20th in Efficiency Differential

Jayson Tatum
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 25.5 points – 8.4 rebounds – 4.1 assists – 1.0 steals – 0.7 blocks – 2.9 turnovers – 49.6% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 2nd in Defensive Win Shares – 5th in Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 11th in Points per Game – 12th in Efficiency Differential – 13th in Defensive Rating – 18th in VORP – 20th in Win Shares

Joel Embiid
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 29.3 points –11.1 rebounds – 4.3 assists – 1.0 steals – 1.5 blocks – 2.9 turnovers – 52.5% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in 12 categories
    • Leads in Points per Game – 2nd in PER – 3rd in VORP & BPM – 5th in Win Shares/48 & Win Shares – 6th in Clutch eFG% – 9th in Rebounds per Game, DBPM & Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 11th in Blocks per Game – 13th in Defensive Win Shares

Kevin Durant
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 29.3 points – 7.4 rebounds – 5.8 assists – 0.8 steals – 0.9 blocks – 3.0 turnovers – 56.6% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 2nd in Points per Game – 6th in PER & BPM – 8th in VORP – 14th in Win Shares/48 & Win Shares – 20th in Clutch eFG%

Trae Young
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 27.6 points – 3.9 rebounds – 9.4 assists – 1.0 steals – 0.1 blocks – 4.2 turnovers – 52.8% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 3rd in Assists per Game – 5h in Points per Game – 8th in Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 9th in PER – 16th in VORP – 19th in BPM & Win Shares
    • 5th Most Turnovers per Game in the NBA

Zach LaVine
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 24.6 points – 4.9 rebounds – 4.5 assists – 0.6 steals – 0.4 blocks – 2.7 turnovers
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 7th in Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 11th in Clutch eFG% – 14th in Points per Game

THE bubble
James Harden
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 22.5 points – 8.0 rebounds – 10.2 assists – 1.3 steals – 0.7 blocks – 4.8 turnovers – 48.6% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 2nd in Assists per Game – 17th in VORP – 18th in Fourth Quarter Points per Game
    • Most Turnovers per Game in the NBA

Jimmy Butler
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 22.0 points – 6.2 rebounds – 6.1 assists – 1.9 steals – 0.5 blocks – 2.1 turnovers – 50.6% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 4th in Win Shares/48 – 5th in Steals per Game, PER & BPM – 6th in DBPM – 7th in VORP – 8th in Win Shares

Khris Middleton
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 19.5 points – 5.5 rebounds – 5.2 assists – 1.2 steals – 0.3 blocks – 3.0 turnovers – 52.3% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 12th in Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 17th in Fourth Quarter Plus/Minus

LaMelo Ball
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 19.6 points – 7.1 rebounds – 7.5 assists – 1.5 steals – 0.4 blocks – 3.0 turnovers – 50.2% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 10th in Assists per Game – 19th in Steals per Game

Western Conference

Steph and Ja headline a PG star-studded West lineup along with CP3.

THE LOCKS
Chris Paul
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 15.1 points – 4.5 rebounds – 10.6 assists – 1.9 steals – 0.3 blocks – 2.4 turnovers – 53.3% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in 10 categories
    • Leads in Assists per Game, Defensive Win Shares & Fourth Quarter Plus/Minus – 3rd in Steals per Game & Win Shares – 6th in VORP – 7th in DBPM – 9th in Win Shares/48 – 11th in BPM – 14th in Fourth Quarter Points per Game

Donovan Mitchell
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 25.4 points – 4.2 rebounds – 5.2 assists – 1.6 steals – 0.3 blocks – 3.0 turnovers – 53.1% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 6th in Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 12th in Points per Game – 14th in Clutch eFG% – 16th in Steals per Game – 18th in PER – 20th in BPM & VORP

Ja Morant
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 26.4 points – 5.9 rebounds – 6.8 assists – 1.3 steals – 0.4 blocks – 3.5 turnovers – 53.0% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 7th in Points per Game – 8th in PER – 10th in BPM – 12th in VORP – 15th in Assists per Game – 17th in Clutch eFG%

Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 24.3 points – 9.5 rebounds – 4.0 assists – 1.0 steals – 1.2 blocks – 3.2 turnovers – 58.7% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 10th in VORP – 11th in Win Shares – 13th in PER & BPM – 16th in Points per Game – 17th Rebounds per Game – 18th in Win Shares/48 – 20th in 3PT%

LeBron James
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 29.1 points – 7.7 rebounds – 6.5 assists – 1.6 steals – 1.0 blocks – 3.2 turnovers – 59.2% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in 10 categories
    • 2nd in Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 3rd in Points per Game – 4th in PER & VORP – 5th in BPM – 8th in Clutch eFG% – 12th in Steals per Game & Win Shares/48 – 13th in Win Shares – 20th in Assists per Game

Luka Dončić
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 26.8 points – 8.9 rebounds – 9.1 assists – 1.2 steals – 0.5 blocks – 4.4 turnovers – 51.3% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 5th in Assists per Game – 7th in BPM – 8th in Points per Game – 9th in VORP – 14th in PER & DBPM – 18th in Defensive Win Shares
    • 2nd Most Turnovers per Game in the NBA

Nikola Jokić
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 25.8 points – 13.7 rebounds – 7.9 assists – 1.4 steals – 0.7 blocks – 3.7 turnovers – 62.1% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in 12 categories
    • Leads in PER, VORP, BPM, DBPM, Win Shares/48, Win Shares, Efficiency Differential – 2nd in Rebounds per Game – 4th in Defensive Win Shares – 8th in Assists per Game – 9th in Clutch eFG% – 10th in Points per Game

Rudy Gobert
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 16.0 points – 15.1 rebounds – 1.2 assists – 0.8 steals – 2.3 blocks – 1.8 turnovers – 70.7% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in 11 categories
    • Leads in Rebounds per Game – 2nd in Fourth Quarter Plus/Minus – 3rd in Blocks per Game & Win Shares/48 – 4th in Win Shares – 5th in Defensive Win Shares – 7th in PER – 10th in DBPM – 12th in BPM – 14th in Efficiency Differential – 15th in VORP

Stephen Curry
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 25.7 points – 5.4 rebounds – 6.4 assists – 1.4 steals – 0.4 blocks – 3.3 turnovers – 54.2% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in 12 categories
    • 2nd in Defensive Rating – 3rd in Defensive Win Shares & Fourth Quarter Plus/Minus – 4th in Efficiency Differential & Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 5th in VORP – 9th in Points per Game, BPM & Win Shares – 18th in Clutch eFG% – 20th in Steals per Game & Win Shares/48

THE bubble
Andrew Wiggins
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 18.0 points – 4.3 rebounds – 2.2 assists – 1.0 steals – 0.7 blocks – 1.5 turnovers – 56.4% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 4th in Defensive Rating – 11th in 3PT% – 16th in Defensive Win Shares

Devin Booker
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 25.5 points – 5.3 rebounds – 4.4 assists – 1.0 steals – 0.3 blocks – 2.4 turnovers – 51.1% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 13th in Points per Game

Draymond Green
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 7.9 points – 7.6 rebounds – 7.4 assists – 1.4 steals – 1.2 blocks – 3.1 turnovers – 56.7% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 2nd in DBPM – 3rd in Defensive Rating – 11th in Assists per Game – 19th in Defensive Win Shares

Dejounte Murray
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 19.6 points – 8.4 rebounds – 9.2 assists – 2.1 steals – 0.4 blocks – 2.5 turnovers – 49.1% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • Leads in Steals per Game – 4th in Assists per Game – 13th in Clutch eFG% – 14th in VORP & Defensive Win Shares – 15th in DBPM & Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 17th in BPM – 18th in PER

The Snubs

Now is the time of the article everyone was waiting for – your 2022 NBA All-Star Game Snubs.

The pool of talent is much deeper than the Rising Stars’, with a smaller roster to work with (24 players only in the ASG, expanded to 27 due to injury replacements for Durant, Green and Harden).

We will analyze 8 players in each Conference whose cases could be argued for an official roster slot.

eastern conference

Pascal and Bam are the AfroBallers in the Snubs Section.

Bam Adebayo
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 18.6 points – 10.0 rebounds – 3.5 assists – 1.6 steals – 0.6 blocks – 2.9 turnovers – 52.3% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 15th in Rebounds & Steals per Game

Domantas Sabonis
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 19.0 points – 12.1 rebounds – 5.0 assists – 1.0 steals – 0.5 blocks – 3.1 turnovers – 60.8% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 4th in Rebounds per Game – 10th in Win Shares – 13th in VORP – 15th in BPM – 16th in PER – 19th in Win Shares/48

Evan Mobley
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 14.8 points – 8.0 rebounds – 2.5 assists – 0.8 steals – 1.7 blocks – 2.0 turnovers – 51.4% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 7th in Blocks per Game & Defensive Win Shares – 15th in Defensive Rating – 16th in DBPM

Jarrett Allen
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 16.3 points – 11.2 rebounds – 1.8 assists – 0.8 steals – 1.4 blocks – 1.8 turnovers – 66.8% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 6th in Win Shares & Defensive Win Shares – 7th in Win Shares/48 – 8th in Rebounds per Game – 15th in Blocks per Game & PER – 17th in Defensive Rating – 19th in VORP

Jaylen Brown
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 23.6 points – 6.6 rebounds – 3.2 assists – 1.1 steals – 0.3 blocks – 2.9 turnovers – 52.5% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 3rd in Clutch eFG% – 5th in Defensive Rating – 18th in Points per Game

Jrue Holiday
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 18.0 points – 4.7 rebounds – 6.6 assists – 1.5 steals – 0.5 blocks – 2.7 turnovers – 56.9% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 8th in Efficiency Differential – 12th in Fourth Quarter Plus/Minus – 17th in Assists per Game – 20th in Steals per Game

Miles Bridges
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 19.9 points – 7.1 rebounds – 3.5 assists – 1.1 steals – 0.9 blocks – 1.9 turnovers – 54.7% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 5th in Fourth Quarter Plus/Minus – 15th in Clutch eFG%

Pascal Siakam
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 21.8 points – 8.7 rebounds – 5.2 assists – 1.3 steals – 0.8 blocks – 2.7 turnovers – 52.5% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories

western conference

Bane and Jackson Jr are among the Western Conference snub cases.

Anthony Davis
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 23.5 points – 10.0 rebounds – 2.9 assists – 1.3 steals – 2.3 blocks – 2.2 turnovers – 54.6% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 4th in Blocks per Game – 11th in PER – 14th in Rebounds per Game – 19th in Points per Game

Anthony Edwards
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 22.1 points – 4.8 rebounds – 3.7 assists – 1.5 steals – 0.7 blocks – 2.8 turnovers – 52.4% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 11th in Fourth Quarter Points per Game – 14th in Steals per Game

Brandon Ingram
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 22.7 points – 5.7 rebounds – 5.5 assists – 0.7 steals – 0.5 blocks – 2.7 turnovers – 49.3% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in category
    • 15th in Efficiency Differential

Deandre Ayton
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 16.4 points – 10.3 rebounds – 1.5 assists – 0.8 steals – 0.8 blocks – 1.6 turnovers – 64.6% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in category
    • 11th in Rebounds per Game

Desmond Bane
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 17.6 points – 4.5 rebounds – 2.5 assists – 1.1 steals – 0.5 blocks – 1.5 turnovers – 55.9% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in category
    • 12th in 3PT%

Jaren Jackson Jr.
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 16.8 points – 6.0 rebounds – 1.1 assists – 1.0 steals – 2.2 blocks – 1.7 turnovers – 48.4% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 2nd in Blocks per Game – 10th in Defensive Win Shares

Mikal Bridges
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 13.2 points – 4.2 rebounds – 2.2 assists – 1.2 steals – 0.5 blocks – 0.8 turnovers – 59.5% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in categories
    • 7th in Fourth Quarter Plus/Minus – 11th in Defensive Win Shares – 16th in Win Shares

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • Traditional Stats (per game): 22.7 points – 4.7 rebounds – 5.5 assists – 1.1 steals – 0.8 blocks – 2.4 turnovers – 46.6% eFG%
  • Top Categories NBA Rank: Top 20 in category
    • 4th in Clutch eFG%

Conclusion

You already know that in the AfroBallers we give you the Snubs and back that up by arguing in which player’s roster spot they should be in.

Below you will find who should have been selected and who should be left out of the final NBA ASG roster.

For each conference we have 4 Bubble players and 8 Snubs. That means in each conference 12 players are fighting for only 4 roster spots in the West and 5 roster spots in the East (the extra slot available due to Harden’s injury replacement).

All 12 players per conference were compared and ranked in the following criteria: Per Game Traditional Stats and Advanced Metrics. Let’s find out who made the cut!

eastern conference

From the jump, there are 2 locks among the Eastern Conference competing players.

Both Jimmy Butler (#1 in Advanced, #4 in Traditional) and Domantas Sabonis (#3 in Advanced & in Traditional) rank at the top in the Traditional Stats comparison, as well as in the Advanced Metrics one.

New locks Jimmy Butler and Domantas Sabonis.

As far as Traditional Stats go, the other 2 top players are James Harden and Pascal Siakam. In Advanced Metrics, Jarrett Allen trails only Butler, whereas Evan Mobley is the 4th best in the group.

Individual numbers tell part of the story, but they are not everything. Basketball is a Team game and a player’s impact on that collective fabric is instrumental for the group’s success. Yes, this is the James Harden part.

In the past 13 months, Harden played for 3 teams – Rockets, Nets and now Sixers – quit in 2 of them and left the one team which catered to his every wish for years in a deep rebuilding mode. Yes, his numbers are great, but the unmeasurable negative impact he puts on his team is a deal breaker.

On the opposite side, we have a player who has impacted his team’s success tremendously. As a Rookie, Evan Mobley is the best player among this group in advanced defensive metrics. His offensive game is not bad at all.

Mobley is the real deal and his complete game has drawn valid comparisons with another outstanding Forward, who could guard with the very best of them, while also anchoring a high level offense: Kevin Garnett. Unfortunately for the rookie, he falls short in the head to head comparison with his Cleveland frontcourt teammate, Jarret Allen. They young fella will have his chance soon, because if Mobley’s game keeps evolving as it has this season, it should be the last All-Star Game in a long time in which he is not among the selected players.

Allen is tied with Butler in number of Advanced categories in which he is in the Top 20 in the NBA (6). His Traditional per Game numbers – albeit not as impressive – do not disappoint either.

The Cavs are the surprise story of the season, Cleveland is the hosting city of the All-Star game. Adding those factors with Jarrett’s performance and we got our third slot taken.

We have two very different players with the best combination of Traditional and Advanced stats, in comparing with the rest of the pool: Pascal Siakam and LaMelo Ball.

Siakam is a very well balanced player, who does a bit of everything at a high level. After a disappointing 2020-21 Season, the AfroBaller is back to his previous All-Star form and is arguably playing the best Basketball of his career.

Comparing his current numbers with the ones from his lone All-Star season (2019-20), Pascal is at a higher level in eFG%, Rebound, Assists & Steals per Game. He is one of only 4 players averaging over 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game this season – alongside MVP Candidates Nikola Jokić and Giannis Antetokounmpo, as well as euro superstar Luka Dončić.

Coincidentally, the player who’s knocking on the doors of that elite group is LaMelo Ball. His current per game averages of 19.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.5 assists suggest he will be the next name to join that list.

The flashy PG is also the ideal player for an exhibition game. He is creative, quick, unselfish, as well as a great passer and scorer. If he could dunk as well as his teammate Miles Bridges, he would be the perfect All-Star Game player.

The newly opened slot for injury replacement makes this easier. My personal feeling is that there was no wrong choice with these 2 great players, therefore the remaining 2 slots in the AfroBallers Eastern Conference Roster go to Pascal Siakam and LaMelo Ball.

western conference

Following the same criteria used in the East, we have only one lock out of the gate in the West: Dejounte Murray leads all 12 competing players in both Traditional and Advanced stats.

The other Traditional Stats highlights are Anthony Davis, Devin Booker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Brandon Ingram.

As for the Advanced Metrics, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Mikal Bridges join Murray in this group’s spotlight.

Anthony Davis is the first domino to fall off the team. Davis and Ayton are the only players in the Western Conference consideration pool that played less than 60% of their teams’ games – prior to the official announcement of the ASG reserves. Availability is a crucial skill and neither big men passes the test there.

For the sake of distributing the honors, we will analyze both Suns’ and Warriors’ candidates between their own teammates, to chose the best of each team to join our final roster.

There are 11 players in the NBA averaging per game at least 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of those players, 8 were selected as Starters for the 2022 ASG. If we were to leave Devin Booker out of our final roster, he would be the only player in that pool to be left off. The Suns scorer is the second best player on the team that is ruling this regular season – all due respect to teammates in consideration for this exercise, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges. His individual and team success make him a logic choice for a spot in the final roster.

The Warriors Conundrum is a bit less clear cut than in the Suns’ scenario. Either one of Wiggins and Green would be a fair choice for a slot, considering how great they have performed for the second best team in the NBA. Andrew has the upper hand in Traditional Stats, while Draymond is slightly better in the Advanced Metrics comparison.

I get the emotional appeal of a 1st time selection for the Canadian Forward, but whoever watches Golden State play sees a major difference in their game – on both sides of the court – when they have #23 in the lineup versus when they do not. For that reason, the 2nd roster slot for the Warriors is secured to Draymond Green.

With a virtual tie between Brandon Ingram and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the Traditional Stats comparison, the head to head Advanced Metrics will be the tie breaker. Unfortunately for NOLA and Ingram, SGA dominates the dispute. With the exception of True Shooting %, Efficiency Differential and Total Rebounds %, Shai wins the rest of the categories. Yes, OKC is bad on purpose, which makes it difficult to watch SGA play. Let’s settle this putting him on a star-studded roster, for a much deserved vacation from the Thunder rebuilding process.

Recapitulating:

  • East: we kept 2 Bubble players in our final roster – Jimmy Butler & LaMelo Ball – and included official AfroBallers Snubs Domantas Sabonis, Jarrett Allen & Pascal Siakam on the team.
  • West: we maintained 3 Bubble players – Dejounte Murray, Devin Booker & Draymond Green – while adding Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the final roster selection.

The 71st NBA All-Star Game will tipoff at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 20th.

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