NBA News and Rumors: Is Damian Lillard underappreciated in All-Star voting?
NBA News and Rumors
There’s two weeks of voting remaining for the 68th NBA All-Star game, which will be held this year in Charlotte, N.C.
The NBA released the first round of All-Star voting last week. While King James was the unsurprisingly the top vote-getter, rookie Luka Doncic’s dream of playing in the All-Star game is coming a reality.
Let’s get you caught up with the latest NBA News and Rumors All-Star voting edition.
- Should Damian Lillard be higher in All-Star voting?
- Luka Doncic shows he’s All-Star material
- Is LeBron James a lock for West captain?
- The West backcourt features three former MVPs
Should Damian Lillard be higher in All-Star voting?
Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard has been here before.
Lillard, who has been named to the All-Star game on three occasions, currently sits sixth in the NBA backcourt voting for the Western Conference behind Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Klay Thompson.
While one could debate that Westbrook and Thompson are having the least efficient season of their careers, it’ll likely come down to the coaches vote for Lillard to get into the All-Star game once again.
The Blazers No. 1 option made the 2015 team as an injury replacement, took the last slot in 2016 and locked in an All-Star reserve spot last season due to the coaches vote after coming in eighth in fan voting.
Luka Doncic shows he’s All-Star material
Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is having the best year of his life.
The 19-year-old is playing at All-Star levels in his first season, and the fans think he deserves to play in the NBA’s big game.
Doncic is currently second in Western Conference frontcourt voting, just behind the King himself, LeBron James.
He is averaging 19.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Is LeBron James a lock for West captain?
As expected, LeBron James leads NBA All-Star voting in the West. The 14-time NBA All-Star and four-time MVP leads all ballots as of now and is currently slotted to be named team captain.
But is it possible James’ captain status could be at risk? This is not likely. As of Thursday, James lead all voting with 1,083,363 votes to earn the top spot in the Western Conference, while Giannis Antetokounmpo is in the East lead with 991,561 votes.
If James is named one of this year’s captains, it’ll be interesting to see who he’ll pick first? Could he pick Anthony Davis first overall?
The West backcourt features three former MVPs
The 2019 All-Star Western Conference backcourt could feature three former MVPs: Stephen Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. All three players are currently within the top 5 of the league’s early All-Star voting returns.
The Beard is averaging over 33 points a game right now, while Curry is just under a point shy of the 30-point benchmark.
Westbrook isn’t quite at the elite status of past years, as he’s dropping just 21.1 points per game through 39 games. He currently ranks fourth in Western Conference guard voting, but it’ll likely come down to the coaches vote to seal the deal.