The one-on-one team of LeBron James for the All Star

The Los Angeles Lakers forward chose first for the All-Star Game. Its four incumbents will be Durant, Irving, Leonard and Harden.


LeBron James (34 years old, 15th All Star)

26.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.3 steals

LeBron has changed the lecture of his life, he has left for the Lakers, but that does not has prevented being the most voted player in the entire league. With his 15th appearance in the All-Star Game he matches Duncan, Garnett and O'Neal in third place in history. Ahead Kobe Bryant (18 times) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19). The Los Angeles team had been competing for years without any grief and it was getting him and putting them in the fight for the playoffs with the same options as any of the important ones in the West. And since he was injured they have fallen again and suffer to endure the rhythm of the first eight. And he is in his historical averages of points, rebounds, assists and steals playing less minutes than ever. You can not say much more than one player. His story, what he has done for this sport, we already know everyone. And let it be for a few more years.

Kevin Durant (30 years, 10th All Star)

27.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.1 blocks

With Durant we are talking about a fixture in the All Star, and to be able to be the owner. He is already considered one of the greats in history, a lethal scorer from anywhere on the court, capable of defending as the best. A total player, MVP of the last two NBA finals, the differential factor in the last two rings of the Warriors, and this season continues to its usual level. He is the second player who throws most of the league, the eighth who plays the most, the fourth with the most points ... The fans left him 4th in the voting, probably because of that way of being that he has been showing for a few years and that It makes you more hated than loved. But his colleagues and journalists have placed him where, for now, he can not stop being. In one of the starting quintets.

James Harden (29 years old, 7th All Star)

36,5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 2.2 steals

The current NBA MVP has earned himself the title in the All Star. There is no player in the last 20 games that alone has influenced his team so much. Virtually he has only made a few Rockets lost in a solid playoff team, waiting for the injured return and can return to be aspiring. His current rate of scoring (he is first in the league by far) places him as the seventh best scorer in a season of the whole history. Only five times ahead of Wilt Chamberlain in the early 60s and Michael Jordan in 86-87. It is also the fourth in assists and steals and the one that plays the most minutes of the entire competition. A player who now seems unstoppable and who at this point deserves, surely more than anyone else, to be at Charlotte's date.

Kawhi Leonard (27 years old, 3rd All Star)

27.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals

Your only two All Star because of injuries and years in white do not do justice to one of the best players in the league for years. At least when it is 100%. And although it seems that it is not yet (it still does not play the back-to-back) the season it is doing in Toronto is tremendous. He had never scored so many points (5th highest scorer in the league) nor had he taken so many rebounds. Also the 6th with the most robberies. And most importantly, he has made the Raptors overcome the disappointment of the semifinals last year and return to be the fearsome team of the regular season, but this time with a star in front that has already shown not to lower the piston in the playoffs.

Kyrie Irving (26 years old, 6th All Star)

23.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.7 steals

The base of the Celtics is making the season of his life, with his best personal figures in rebounds, assists and robberies. Those in Boston are lower than expected, but certainly not for him. He's proving to be the leader the Greens saw in him when he was drafted from Cleveland a year and a half ago. He is sixth in the league in the +/- (+7.6 points with him on the court), the third in the +/- of attack. He has starred in several end of the game in which he has decided the result in favor of his team.

SUPLENTES TEAM LEBRON Anthony Davis (25 years, 6 times All Star)

29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists , 1.7 steals and 2.6 blocks

It is one of the names of the first half of the season for reasons that have nothing to do with their game. His future in the Pelicans is in the air and the 'raffle' for which he is probably the best interior player in the league has started. But all that, and bad Davis is getting more points than ever (2nd in the league), takes more rebounds than ever (3rd of the league), gives more assists than ever and steals more than ever (an impressive 11th place)for a pivot). And in plugs, which is not at its top by little, is the 2nd of the competition. In short, a single player who can never miss this appointment.

Klay Thompson (29 years, 5th time All Star)

21.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals

It has been difficult to start , he has had horrible days in the shot, but he has already focused (like the whole team) and there is no one to stop him. That these Warriors have three All Stars (Curry and Durant are already holders) can not surprise anyone. A player who is free in the summer and for which he is going to play half a league, although he seems to be clear at the moment about continuing in the Bay. There is no one to agree on his ability to shoot and defend outside players at the level that he does. He is absolutely top in both things and that makes him a very coveted piece, a key man in the success of his team and a player highly valued by coaches. It was clear that he would be on the list.

Damian Lillard (28 years old, 4th All Star time)

26.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.1 steals

It will be his fourth All Star. The first two , in his second and third year, won on the track but also because of the novelty. The next two years, leaving the map, was not chosen. Things from the Western Conference. Last year it was, after many complaints (own and others) for the previous absences. Right now, playing at this level, it seems fixed for every year. He is the 5th player who shoots the most of the NBA, the 8th who shoots the most, the 4 th most free throws (90.6% accuracy). He still needs to take a step forward (him and the whole team) in the playoffs, but in the regular season the Blazers and Lillard are like a clock. And that has a prize.

Ben Simmons (22 years old, 1st All Star)

17.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.3 steals

First appearance of Simmons in the match of the stars in his second season effective as a professional. Playing every night with the triple-double, the base plus sui generis of the League, with its 2.08 high, surprises with things that nobody else does. He still has the release but in suspension, but in everything else is an elite player. A tremendous passer (is 3rd of the league in assists), unstoppable in transition, attacks the rim taking advantage of his extra centimeters, either to score or rebound. His ability to defend both on the perimeter and on the post is one of the Sixers' greatest secrets. A player who gives a show in each game and who in the All Star can unleash all his talent.

LaMarcus Aldridge (33 years, 7th time All Star)

21.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 plugs

After the last campaign he did, the best since he was in San Antonio, the weak start of this (and the whole team in general) left him out in the first pools. But that is old water. The Spurs and Aldrige have been playing well, well or excellent for many weeks, depending on the day. He has already improved the average rebounds and assists of last year, has matched the one with the blocks and is trying to reach the points (still 2 difference). But all this data what they explain is that their game is again among the best of the tall men. And that a player like that, in some notable Spurs, had a place reserved for the All Star.

Karl-Anthony Towns (23 years, 2nd time All Star)

22.8 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1, 8 plugs

Last year was a braking in the Towns race. After confirming rookie expectations and leaving in his second year, the third was a braking. The arrival of Jimmy Butler did him no good. He still earned a spot for his first All Star. Now he will play his second after returning to that level of chosen player he has shown since Butler left for Philadelphia. And a little more since Thibodeau left the bench. He is already above his averages in points, rebounds, assists and blocks. That may not be reflected in the Wolves' record, but Towns playing in this way is irresistible. The same trainers have thought.

Bradley Beal (25 years, 2nd time All Star)

24.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.4 steals

If John Wall gets hurt long before who knows if Bradley Beal would not be a starter on January 17 in Charlotte. What he's doing since the base injury is at that level. He has thrown the Wizards on his back and is demonstrating how he had never done that he can be the franchise player of a team. He is on top of points, rebounds, assists and steals. It is the 2nd most minutes played and more basket baskets (behind Harden in both cases). Possibly the substitute who most deserved to go all the waye if we consider the last two months of competition.

Dwyane Wade (37 years, 13th time All Star)

14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 0.6 steals

Wade announced a few months ago that this It would be his last season in the NBA. The escort will end a great career in the NBA. He was all star between 2005 and 2016 (he was not in 2012 due to injury) and MVP of the All-Star Game in 2010. In 2006 he won his first ring with the Heat (2006, was also the best of the Finals) and years later he managed two with his great friend LeBron (2012 and 2013). One of the most voted by followers in the East, LeBron will surely choose him for his team.



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