2020 All Star Watch

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    Thought I'd get a thread going since All-Star talk has started already and will pick up in the new year. We're basically a PED suspension from the All-Star break right now, 47 days to be exact. Voting opened for the starters on Christmas day and will continue through January 21st. The game is on February 16th.

    We can try to keep all All-Star talk here up until the game, including discussion of who will be invited to take part in the 3pt contest, slam dunk competition, and skills challenge.


    There are a few ways to vote, the easiest ways to do so are going to the NBA All-Star website and selecting 5 players from the West and 5 from the East. You can also search NBA All-Star Vote on Google and it pulls up the ballot right there for you as well.
     
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    Decided to start this now but I was going to do it a week ago after listening to a podcast that made the case for Booker being an All-Star this year, I can't recall which podcast it was though.

    I know the Suns had been in a slump but based on play and numbers Booker should not be snubbed this year. The Suns are better than in the past so record shouldn't be an excuse any longer and if you look around the West, it's hard to find 4 or 5 guards that are playing considerably better than Booker. There will be 2 starters and 3-4 guards as reserves and Booker definitely is a top 6 guard in the West this season. I don't see Booker being voted into the starting lineup but that's all a popularity contest anyways and if you don't play in a major market it's hard to get the nod as a starter.

    Last year the guards selected for the team were James Harden and Steph Curry as starters. Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson were the reserves in the West. Take Curry and Klay out this year since neither are healthy, and Klay hasn't played at all. Westbrook's numbers have fallen off since being traded to Houston and he's not a lock by any means. Lillard has been good but the Blazers haven't been. Lillard is likely to get a spot still. Looking at the ballot they have Luka listed as a guard and he's likely to be a starter with Harden so reserves there will be Lillard and who else? Donovan Mitchell is averaging 25.2 ppg with 4.2 apg and 4.6 rpg on a Utah team that is 21-12 right now. Booker is averaging 24.9 ppg with 6.4 apg and 4.0 rpg. There are no other guards putting up numbers like that on a team ahead of the Suns in the standings.

    The only other guards on a team that are ahead of the Suns in the standings that might get a look are in OKC. Chris Paul, Shai, and Schroeder are all posting similar stat-lines to each other on a team that was supposed to be awful but they're 17-15 right now. Shai is averaging 19.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and 2.8 apg. Schroeder is averaging 18.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, and 3.6 apg. Paul is averaging 16.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 6.5 apg. If any of those 3 get in, I think it will be Paul but Shai is probably more deserving. Schroeder is playing as a 6th man, which makes him the least likely to get All-Star recognition. I'd still say Booker is more deserving than those 3 and not just because I'm a Suns fan. Those numbers don't scream All-Star. Since they're all producing similarly it shows how it's more of a team effort than an individual leading them to where they are.



    Here's an article from Yahoo that predicts who will be All-Stars and Booker is listed as their first reserve so it seems like Booker is getting recognition for the Suns hot start and also is being excused some for it's poor play in their recent losing streak.


    https://sports.yahoo.com/inarguable...0-nba-all-star-game-selections-223716800.html
     
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    Got my Booker vote in there! And Oubre and assorted others, too!
     
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    Ill make sure to put my booker vote in he deserves it!!!
     
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    Ja Morant has been invited to take part in the dunk contest. That should be good, if he goes.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/sources-ja-morant-invited-to-compete-in-slam-dunk-contest-161324462.html

    Dwight Howard has confirmed he'll take part also, having last participated in 2009. He only has 1 slam dunk championship from his 3 previous appearances but he should have at least 2, probably 3 but definitely 2. He got robbed in 09 against Nate Robinson. He had higher scores but the final was determined by text messaging in votes.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/dwight-how...-to-the-nbas-slam-dunk-contest-175854800.html
     
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    None of our players are getting elected by fan ballot. But I do think that Booker will make the team as a reserve. I'd honestly be rather surprised if he didn't.

    Heck, the West is thin up front this year, Ayton's averages would probably land him a spot is not for his self inflicted lack of playing time.
     
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    Derrick Jones Jr. will participate in the Slam Dunk contest.
     
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    Booker deserves to be in despite being on a bad team

    He brings it nearly every night

    See how he does tonight
     
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    East starters.

     
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