The choice of Luka Doncic to the detriment of Damian Lillard to form in the starting five of the All-Star party (All Star) to be held on March 7 in Atlanta has sparked controversy in the NBA. “I still think Damian Lillard should be the starter. Nobody is as feared in a game as him, “said the legendary Shaquille O’Neal, now a commentator on the program. Inside the NBA from TNT. Also commentator and former player Kenny Smith confirmed Shaq’s criteria: “In a popularity contest, Luka would win. But the most feared player in basketball right now is Damian. For me it was MVP preseason and I think I should start in the All Star”. The debate is served in an appointment that has enormous importance for what affects the cache of the players.
The starting quintets reserved three spots for the forwards and centers and two for the guards and guards. The first point guard chosen in the Western Conference was Stephen Curry. In second place there was a draw between Doncic and Lillard. The election was decided, 50% based on the votes of the fans, 25% those of the press and another 25% those of the players themselves. The press and the players chose Curry first, Lillard second and Doncic third. But the Slovenian guard from Dallas garnered 3.3 million fan votes, nearly half a million more than the Portland guard. And in the event of a tie, the rules give preeminence to who receives the most votes from the fans.
Doncic, who turns 22 on February 28 and in his third season in the NBA, will play his second All Star. Instead, the 30-year-old Lillard, in his ninth season in the league, loses the chance to start for the first time in what will be his sixth appearance in the All-Star event. Cleveland players Kevin Love and Larry Nance sent messages via Twitter defending that Lillard deserved to start in Atlanta.
Doncic averages 29.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.4 assists, with 47% accuracy on field goals and 33.5% on triples; Lillard, 29.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists, with 45.1% in field goals and 38.4% in triples. Those who defend Lillard argue that he has the best statistics in the final minutes of the games and has been the leader that has placed Portland in fourth place in the West, with a balance of 18 wins and 10 losses, despite having played more halfway through the season without starters McCollum and Nurkic. Dallas ranks 10th, with 13 wins and 15 losses, and has also suffered loss of starters in many games, especially from Porzingis and Hardaway.
They choose Durant and LeBron
The five starters chosen to represent the Western Conference are Curry, Doncic, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic; those from the East, Durant, Antetokounmpo, Embiid, Beal, top scorer this season with an average of 32.8 points, and Kyrie Irving. LeBron and Durant, the most voted by fans, with almost six million votes for the Lakers figure, and 5.5 million for the Nets, will be the captains of the teams and will elect their components.
In addition to the 10 starters, 14 more players will be designated by the 30 NBA coaches. The most voted after those who formed the starting quintets were Harden, LaVine, Tatum, Butler and Adebayo in the East, and Lillard, Mitchell, Anthony Davis, Paul George and Zion Williamson in the West.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.