In early December, the writers from Sports Unbiased got together and discussed their predictions for the newcomers of the 2015 NBA All-Star team. With All-Star weekend approaching quickly, a new topic has emerged. With the influx of talent on both the Eastern and Western Conference, which players will make the starting lineup?
Jr. Williams and newcomer Bobby Bourhis join forces in this years discussion to share their thoughts and predicted starting lineups for the 2015 NBA All-Star East team. Feel free to agree or disagree.
2015 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star starters: -John Wall -Carmelo Anthony -Kyle Lowry -Pau Gasol -LeBron James (2nd highest vote-getter)
Bobby Bourhis: 2015 NBA All-Star Eastern Conference Starters
Guard—Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Lowry has had a strong season so far, leading the Toronto Raptors (22-7) to the best record in the eastern conference. He has carried the load in the absence of DeMar DeRozan, and is deserving of the starting point guard spot in this year’s All-Star game.
G—Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
Butler has had an incredible season, posting career highs in just about every category. What is more impressive, is that he is doing it at both ends of the court, defending at a high level and carrying the load offensively.
F—LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
It is hard not to include the best player on the planet, even if his team is underperforming at 17-10. LeBron is averaging around 25 ppg on nearly 50% shooting from the field.
F—Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls
Gasol has been rejuvenated in Chicago this year, scoring efficiently and playing great defense. He is blocking 2 shots per game and averaging a double-double at 18.0 ppg and 11.4 rpg.
F—Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
It is hard not to include someone from the Atlanta Hawks based on their record (21-7). Millsap does not have quite the numbers that Chris Bosh or Al Jefferson have, but his team is winning and he is a big reason for their success.
Jr. Williams: 2015 NBA All-Star Eastern Conference Starters
Jr. Williams: As always, fan voting will eventually boil down to player popularity, meaning, we could see similar All-Star representatives from the prior season. Players like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant will more than likely get the nod by default, despite Durant’s injury issues and the Lakers overall poor winning percentage–these players are still followed by millions of fans and represented as marquee players and superstars in the league. Here’s my starting lineup for the Eastern Conference.
G—John Wall, Washington Wizards
Wall has emerged as one of the top point guards in the Eastern Conference and has been on the 2015 MVP radar for several consecutive weeks. As far as numbers are concerned, he is the most efficient point guard in the conference, and the only point guard averaging a double-double in points and assists per game.
Jimmy Butler is having an amazing season but the Toronto Raptors are still the best team in the conference right now and Kyle Lowry deserves a ton of credit for their success, as he has been their most efficient player this season. Lowry ranks an overall second in the East among all point guards, and it doesn’t hurt to have fan support from largest city in Canada.
Still the best player in the NBA, and last I checked he was leading the East in All-Star ballots. He will make the list every year by default. The Cavs are slowly climbing their way up the Eastern Conference standings with most of the credit belonging to James. Keep in mind the Cavs were 33-49 last season, and now have a winning percentage better than .600. What a difference a King makes!
F—Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Despite the Knicks playing some of the worst basketball in franchise history, Carmelo Anthony will somehow be voted in as an All-Star this season. We’ve seen this happen before and I’m sure well see it again, as popularity is rewarded before success. In Carmelo’s defense, he’s fifth in the league in ppg and has the ability score from anywhere on the court.
With 2014 NBA All-Star forward Paul George sidelined the entire season due to injury, Chris Bosh could find himself filling the open slot this year. Bosh has been one of the better forwards in the conference this season, averaging better than 21 points and eight rebounds per contest. He looks to return from a calf injury late this month or early January, and if healthy, he should cement his name among the starting-5 for the All-Star East squad.
All-Star Reserves Announced – 1/30/2015
- Guard: Jimmy Butler
- Guard: Jeff Teague
- Forward: Paul Millsap
- Forward: Al Horford
- Forward: Chris Bosh
- Guard: Kyrie Irving
- Guard: Dwyane Wade (could be replaced due to injury)
- Snubs: Kyle Korver, Brandon Knight, Derrick Rose, Nikola Vucevic, Greg Monroe