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NBA All-Star bracketology: Bradley Beal and John Wall begin the race with good odds

NBA All-Star bracketology: Bradley Beal and John Wall begin the race with good odds

Voting is underway for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, which is set for Feb. 18 in Los Angeles. Though the All-Star Game's format has changed this season with the addition of a captains draft, the process of picking the All-Stars themselves has not.

Bradley Beal and John Wall should have the same odds they did last year to earn the honor. Last season, there were six guards chosen for the Eastern Conference All-Star roster.

Here is a look at the All-Star guards race so far as of Dec. 29. Voting ends on Jan. 15 and the All-Stars will be announced on Jan. 23. For information on how to vote for the All-Star Game, click here.

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ODDS ARE GOOD

Kyrie Irving, Celtics

24.7 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, 48.9 FG%, 40.4 3PT%

Irving wanted to be the star and that's what he has been in Boston. Irving is the biggest name on the top team in the East and will likely get voted in as a starter.

DeMar DeRozan, Raptors

24.1 ppg, 4.8 apg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, 47.7 FG%, 32.3 3PT%

DeRozan has helped lead the underrated Raptors to the second-best record in the East so far. He's got the All-Star pedigree with three appearances already to his name.

Victor Oladipo, Pacers

24.9 ppg, 5.3 apg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 spg, 1.0 bpg, 48.9 FG%, 42.3 3PT%

One of the biggest surprises of the NBA season has been Oladipo's emergence as a star for the 19-16 Pacers. He scores, gets rebounds, blocks and steals. 

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Bradley Beal, Wizards

23.0 ppg, 3.5 apg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 spg, 44.1 FG%, 35.1 3PT%

No longer just a scorer, Beal is averaging a career-high in rebounds (4.3/g) which should help his cause. He also has one of the best performances by anyone this season so far with 53 points at the Portland Trail Blazers. Beal's shooting percentages will also likely go up as the deadline gets closer.

Ben Simmons, Sixers

16.8 ppg, 7.6 apg, 8.7 rpg, 1.9 spg, 50.8 FG%, 00.0 3PT%

Though he's just a rookie, Simmons is already tearing up the league. He's averaging close to a triple-double and at this point looks like a safe bet for L.A.

John Wall, Wizards

18.2 ppg, 8.9 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 spg,, 1.0 bpg, 41.2 FG%, 32.3 3PT%

Wall has missed 11 games, but his impact on the Wizards is clear based on how much better they are with him (14-10) than without him (5-6). The question is whether the Wizards can get two All-Stars if they are seventh in the East, like they are now, but statistically Wall has a good case.

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ON THE BUBBLE

Kemba Walker, Hornets

24.7 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, 48.9 FG%, 40.4 3PT%

Walker has been an All-Star before and is putting up strong numbers offensively. The problem is that the Hornets are terrible. Other guys could get the nod over him based on team success.

Eric Bledsoe, Bucks

18.7 ppg, 4.6 apg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 spg, 45.9 FG%, 31.0 3PT%

Bledsoe was an unexpected addition to the Eastern Conference All-Star race when he got traded to the Bucks from the Suns back in November. But he has adjusted well and it would not be surprising at all if he earned a spot.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

Dennis Schroder, Hawks; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Evan Fournier, Magic

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.

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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers: ANYONE YOU WANT LEBRON JUST PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US AGAIN!!

9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.

23. Indiana Pacers: DRAFT ANOTHER UCLA PLAYER. WE DARE YOU.

24. Portland Trail Blazers: DRAFT ANOTHER MID-MAJOR GUARD. WE DARE YOU.

25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.

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