Www.ft.com/roundtable: Who is the biggest all-star legacy?
On February 4, Beijing time, Cleveland all-star game reserves announced, the preliminary roster has been confirmed.In the Eastern Conference, starting Kevin Durant (captain) Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, demar derozan, Trey Young;Backups James Harden, Darius Garland, Fred Van Fleet, Zach lavine, Jimmy Butler, Chris Middleton, Jayson Tatum for the West, starting lebron James (captain) Nikola Jokic, Andrew Wiggins, Stephen Curry, Ja Morant;Backups Chris Paul, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, Donovan Mitchell, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert;1. Who are the biggest eastern Conference All-star picks?Taboo: Lamelo Ball.Charlotte has become the league’s leading scoring team this season in large part because of the three-goal boom.When he’s on the court, the Hornets are scoring 112.5 points per 100 possessions;It dropped to 108.9 points on the way out.He also leads the team in many statistics and deserves his first career All-Star selection.Ryan: Lamelo Ball.The Hornets are the only team in the top 10 without a player.Ball is averaging 19.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 7.7 rebounds per game, with a 28-24 record as the eighth best player in the Eastern Conference, and his style of play is perfect for the All-Star stage, so it’s a shame ball didn’t make the cut.Norman super: Lamelo Ball.The eastern Conference reserve guards are Harden, Garland and Vanvleet.The latter two are no surprise, but James Harden has had a disappointing season.Dengo averaged 22.5 points per game, his lowest since 2011-12.Shooting 41.4 percent, lowest since rookie season;Shooting 33.2 percent from 3-point range, a career low.Ball, by contrast, has been a huge influence for the Hornets, who have improved markedly from last season, averaging 19.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game to lead the hornets into the top eight in the Eastern Conference.@Huang Zhen: Jarrett Allen.Cleveland is the host this year, and it’s harsh to pick Garland over Allen.This year’s Eastern Conference all-stars have only giannis Antetokounmpo and Embiid as pure inside linemen, and that doesn’t include Allen?He’s the Eastern Conference’s answer to Gobert, who ranks in the top 10 in many of his advanced stats in addition to averaging 16 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.If Gerber can get in, why not Allen?2. Who is the biggest legacy of the Western Conference all-star?Taboo: Dejuntae Murray.Murray is having the best season of his career — averaging around 20 points per game while leading the league in assists and steals.The most important part of SAN Antonio’s rebuilding effort, Murray not only broke the franchise’s single-season triple-double record, he was also on his way to becoming the franchise’s all-time triple-double champion after a torn anterior cruciate ligament.The only thing keeping him from making his first All-Star appearance is the Spurs’ 12th seed in the West.Ryan: Anthony Davis.Like Harden in the East, Anthony Davis is down this season and his team’s record is down, too.Davis also missed a month due to injury.But since returning in January, Davis has clearly been on an upward trend, particularly in the absence of Lebron James, as the Lakers’ leading scorer again.Davis is also averaging 23.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.2 rebounds per game, which is a shame not to be an All-Star in the West without a frontcourt.@Norman super: Mikal Bridges.Mikael Bridges was one of only two players selected for the league-leading SUNS.Bridges is one of the top 3D players in the league today, and his contribution to the team doesn’t fully show up in conventional statistics.Bridges is very effective on both ends of the floor, advanced stats show that his winning contribution per 48 minutes is 0.147.That’s much higher than teammate Devin Booker’s 0.135.Bridges is shooting 37.6 percent from 3-point range and is a force to be reckoned with in phoenix.Anthony Edwards.Besides Morante, “Hua Zi” is the league’s other very young guard, he is 20 years old this season 22.3 points per game, and his efficiency has improved significantly.He’s been sticky at times, but he’s changing the fabric of the Timberwolves.Most importantly, the Timberwolves have won 27 games this year, more than they did all of last year.3. Who is most likely to start for Kevin Durant?@Taboo: Jimmy Butler.The Heat finished second in the Eastern Conference this season, but only Butler was selected to the All-Star team as a reserve, perhaps more than the Phoenix SUNS.Butler is averaging 21.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 34 games, despite missing part of the year due to injury.Perhaps replacing KD in the All-Star game is the league’s “compensatory reward” for the Heat.Ryan: Jayson Tatum.Last year it was Tatum who replaced Durant. This year it’s similar. If Tatum was eligible last year, he’s eligible this year.Of all the reserves in the Eastern Conference, Tatum’s numbers are the most outstanding, and his team, which is ninth in the Conference but not bad, has been on a recent upswing.There aren’t many frontcourts in the East, and Tatum would be a good replacement for Durant.Norman: Jimmy Butler.Despite missing 19 games, Butler’s impact was immediate.His.265 win per 100 possessions is a career high for Butler;The Heat are scoring 127 points per 100 possessions on offense and 106 points per 100 possessions on defense with Butler on the court.Defensive efficiency is the highest since Butler joined the Heat.The Heat had a rough start to the season, but are back in second place in the Eastern Conference.@Huang Zhen: James Harden.Harden is a 10-time All-Star, including this year.Only Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul have more all-Stars this year.So harden is already one of the most senior All-Stars in the game.With Durant unable to play due to injury, the seniority of Harden as the starter makes sense.(the NBA’s official website)