Both John Wall and Bradley Beal had huge weeks as they continue their quest to make the 2018 All-Star team.
Here is a look at the Eastern Conference All-Star guards race so far as of Jan. 14. 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.
ODDS ARE GOOD
Kyrie Irving, Celtics
24.0 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.5 rpg, 1.2 spg, 47.7 FG%, 38.9 3PT%
Iriving has not been shooting well at all lately, just 36.2 percent in his last six games since our previous bracketology post. But he is still putting up points with 19.0 per game during that stretch and remains the star of the top team in the conference. He's likely to be voted in as a starter.
DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
25.4 ppg, 5.0 apg, 4.2 rpg, 1.1 spg, 48.2 FG%, 36.1 3PT%
DeRozan is on fire these days having scored 35 points or more in four of his last seven games. That includes 52 against the Bucks on New Year's Day and 42 against the Warriors on Saturday night. DeRozan is a certified lock to be an All-Star.
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
24.4 ppg, 4.0 apg, 5.2 rpg, 1.9 spg, 0.9 bpg, 48.7 FG%, 40.8 3PT%
Oladipo missed four games with a sore knee, but picked up right where he left off. The Pacers are 3-1 since he returned with Oladipo averaging 20.8 points on 50 percent shooting in that stretch.
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Bradley Beal, Wizards
23.8 ppg, 3.8 apg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 spg, 45.8 FG%, 36.2 3PT%
Beal has been remarkably consistent with 20 points or more in 10 straight games while shooting 50 percent from the field. He's also averaged 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals in those games. Beal may not be voted in as a starter, but he's almost certain to be a reserve at this point.
John Wall, Wizards
19.7 ppg, 9.3 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 spg,, 1.1 bpg, 42.6 FG%, 34.7 3PT%
Wall is playing his best basketball of the season these days. Over his last seven games, Wall is averaging 25.0 points, 11.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.6 blocks while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three. The Wizards are now 11-5 since he came back from injury. He has improved his numbers at a good time and is looking more and more like an All-Star lock.
Ben Simmons, Sixers
16.9 ppg, 7.3 apg, 8.2 rpg, 1.9 spg, 51.3 FG%, 00.0 3PT%
Simmons' scoring numbers are starting to rise while he continues to do just about everything else at an elite level. In his last four games, Simmons has put up 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per outing. Those are ridiculous numbers for anyone, let alone a rookie.
ON THE BUBBLE
Kemba Walker, Hornets
21.8 ppg, 5.7 apg, 3.3 rpg, 1.2 spg, 42.3 FG%, 34.8 3PT%
Walker's numbers keep getting better and the Hornets are starting to level out. They have won five of their last eight games. But there is so much competition at the guard position and the Hornets (16-25) remain so far down in the standings that Walker is in danger of being a snub.
Eric Bledsoe, Bucks
18.0 ppg, 4.2 apg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 spg, 46.8 FG%, 33.1 3PT%
Bledsoe continues to put up good, but not great numbers. The Bucks are also good, but not probably good enough to warrant two All-Stars. Bledsoe seems destined to be one of the first guards left out this year.
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
Dennis Schroder, Hawks; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Goran Dragic, Heat; Khris Middleton, Bucks
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