One-on-one Antetokounmpo team for the All Star

The forward of the Milwaukee Bucks chose the second for the All-Star Game. Its four headlines are Curry, Embiid, George and Walker.


Giannis Antetokounmpo (24 years old, 3rd All Star)

27.0 points, 12.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks

The most voted in his conference for obvious reasons and captain in the East. The Greek is the new star of the Conference since the departure of LeBron. Command the best Milwaukee Bucks in decades, who have spent the entire season fighting for the lead with the Raptors. The new game system of Buldenholzer has brought us the best image of Antetokounmpo, a very similar to that of an unstoppable player. With the only mole of the launch of three (18.2% success), is in the top-10 points (9th) and rebounds (6th) and is the best in the league in defensive rating. And if that were not enough, at this point he is the big favorite to win the MVP.

Stephen Curry (30 years, 6º All Star)

28.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.2 steals

The year last was captain, this year has been overtaken by LeBron, but that does not take away a bit of the value it has for the NBA. It is the image of the new basketball, the spectacularity, the improvisation, the smile of a legendary team. And the triples, of course. It is already the third maximum triplist in history and the pace that goes (is getting more than ever) will end his career the first. He is third in the league in points and fourth in percentage of real shot (the average between shots of two, three and free). Surrounded by pivots in the list, obviously. An authentic madness of precision. A lot of games have been lost due to injury, but those who have played have done it at their best level. Before falling to the Bucks in November, he was in all the pools for the MVP. It is always a pleasure to see Don Stephen Curry in action.

Joel Embiid (24 years old, 2nd All Star)

27.4 points, 13.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2 blocks

It is his second All Star and the second as a starter . We are talking about a player that if they continue to respect the injuries will mark a time in the individual and we will see if in the collective. At the moment, and although with the arrival of Jimmy Butler has seen his protagonism down a little in the Sixers, he is still up in many statistics: 7th in points, 3rd in rebounds, 7th in blocks ... and he is still the second player in the whole NBA, only behind Harden, who participates in a greater percentage of plays of his team. An absolutely dominant pivot on both sides of the court, with a power very difficult to counteract but, at the same time, a quality in his movements and in his hand that allows him to threaten also from medium and long distance. A real beast.

Paul George (28 years old, 6th All Star)

28 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals

Although we all knew the quality of Paul George, it seemed difficult to take away the leadership of the Thunder to Russell Westbrook. Right now there is no one who can argue that the team leader is him. Because the wing season is, almost certainly, the best of his career. And that's saying a lot, after what he did several years ago in Indiana. He is playing at the MVP level, with his personal points records (8th in the league), rebounds and steals (2nd of the league). A spice of new Kevin Durant for those from Oklahoma, but so far this year with an ascendancy over Westbrook greater than that of the now Warriors player. One of the greatest players of today at its best. Very fair ownership for him.

Kemba Walker (28 years old, 3rd All Star)

24.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.3 steals

First start in an All Star for the Hornets base, which is making the season of his life just when he will be free in summer (the next contract can be tremendous). It started like a real shot and the level has dropped a bit, but it is still one of the key players in the East. An authentic submachine gun, fifth in the league in triple scoring, who is playing more than ever as a leader. Not only because of what he does but because he is involving the rest of his classmates. He is a regular in the highlights and the great hope of Charlotte to try to enter the playoffs, the first time in the last three years.

SUPPLIERS OF THE TEAM ANTETOKOUNMPO Khris Middleton (27 years, 1st time All Star)

17,3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals

A prize to the Bucks and him. Eric Bledsoe could also have gone, but the technicians have opted for Middleton. His case is curious, because he has had more spectacular seasons than this one. However, he looked like one of those players who was under the radar of the general public. This year, with the system that Buldenholzer has prepared to maximize the talent of Giannis, Middleton is even more in the background with respect to the Greek. He remains a key player in the success of his teamor, but it is not so clear that it is the second Bucks sword. And yet, it has been this year when the award has come to him.

Nikola Jokic (23 years, 1 time All Star)

20.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.4 steals

The leader of a team that has finally broken to play and that seems the only one willing to maintain the infernal pace that the Warriors are putting in the last games. Absolutely unique in its kind, a pivot against time in many ways. Especially because of his physique. But he supplies it with a quality, a vision and an understanding of the game such that it should be compulsory for anyone who wants to have a good time watching the NBA. His infinite catalog of assists from 2.13 meters is a pleasure that nobody else can offer in the league. He is the 6th maximum assistant of the competition, which is said soon. His ability to do everything has already made him the second pivot with more triple-doubles in history with only 23 years. It will be his first All Star of many.

Russell Westbrook (30 years, 8th time All Star)

21.4 points, 11.0 rebounds, 11.1 assists and 2.2 steals

One of the players who shine the most in the All Star (he has been MVP twice), one of the biggest names in the league that has gone through better times. Although the latter depends on how you look. It is true that he is pulling very badly (25% of triples, his 2nd worst season, 65% in free throws, he had never done so badly), but the way he is sharing the ball and defending stands out as never before. He is the 9th in defensive rebounds, the 1st in assists, the 2nd in steals, the 9th who participates in more plays of his team (31.1%), the 5th in defensive rating. All this with the Thunder third in the West showing as one of the few contenders to question the future in the post season of the Warriors.

Blake Griffin (29 years, 6th time All Star)

26.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 0.8 steals

At times could have been a starter, but the progressive decline of the Pistons and the terrible level of the Eastern frontcourt (Kawhi, Giannis and Embiid) did not allow it. But there was little doubt that the technicians would have him. Their numbers are a real scandal. 10º maximum anotador of the league, is putting almost 5 points more of the average of its race. And it comes out for the first time to more than 2 triples per game (2,4) with a more than acceptable 36,4% of success (it is in the top-20 of the most triples throw and score). He was the last rookie to be All Star (2011), he had not gone for three years. Now he returns for his 6th participation already established as one of the big stars of the league.

D'Angelo Russell (22 years old, 1st time All Star)

19.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.1 robos

From the Lakers to the anonymity of Brooklyn to resurface as the Phoenix. D'Angelo Russell's career in the NBA has not been easy. Selected as number two in the 2015 draft, the base landed in an Angelina franchise in full drift. And he never disappointed. 13.2 and 15.6 points in two first seasons that were muddied by the video in which he recorded Nick Young's confession of infidelity. From there, a drama: he was sent to New York as bait for the Lakers to take away the millionaire from Mozgov and, thus, to make room for the landing of LeBron James. After a hard first course, with knee injury included, Russell has earned his ticket to the All Star for the injury of Oladipo, although many thought he deserved it before, for his role in both the individual (19.8) and in the collective: is the leader of some Nets that are the great joy of the course.

Nikola Vucevic (28 years, 1st time All Star)

20,6 points, 11,9 rebounds, 3,8 assists and 1,2 blocks

Un More than deserved prize for a player who is making the season of his life. He was always a somewhat undervalued center, but this year (coinciding with the end of his contract) no one doubts him. And how to do it ... 6th most baskets, 10th in rebounds, 9th in efficiency, 10th in +/-. Owner and gentleman in both areas, he came to have the Magic in the playoffs for several weeks. The reality of the squad has placed them outside and increasingly away from those posts, but that has not stopped coaches from noticing the enormous work the Montenegrin is doing.

Kyle Lowry (32 years old, 5th All Star )

14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.4 steals

It is his fifth consecutive All Star. He has already established himself as one of the best bases in the league and, between that and that the Raptors are doing another magnificent regular season, his place among the substitutes was almost assured. He is second in the league in assists, but is that his season in this section is being historic. To bestarting 9.4 basket passes per game, the average of his career is 6.1 and his best season so far was 2013-14, when he finished with 7.4. The arrival of Kawhi and the explosion of Siakam has freed him from responsibility when looking at the hoop (his less scoring season since 2012-13) but his vision of the game is looking more than ever.

Dirk Nowitzki (40 years, 14 times All Star)

4.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.3 blocks

The future of Nowitzki is unclear. The German will turn 41 in June and it is not entirely clear if this will be his last season in the NBA. NBA Champion in 2011 (Finals MVP) was the best of the season in 2006-07. Nowitzki has made his mark in the NBA: seventh best scorer of the American League in history (31,275 points) is 144 points to overcome a myth like Wilt Chamberlain. It will be the 14th All Star for a Nowitzki has been a starter on two occasions: 2007 and 2010. Right now he is the active player with the most matches in the NBA's total (1,491) and the fourth in the whole history.



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