(Photo : Sarah Stier/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Jalen Brunson (#11) of the New York Knicks dribbles in opposition to Giannis Antetokounmpo (#34) of the Milwaukee Bucks through the second half at Madison Square Garden on January 09, 2023 in New York City. The Bucks received 111-107.
The NBA All-Star 2024 beginning 5 for the All-Star sport has been revealed, and as common, followers have one thing to complain in regards to the outcomes.
The Eastern Conference starters are Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo (captain), Philadelphia 76ers star and 2023 MVP Joel Embiid, Indiana Pacers’ (this yr’s host) Tyrese Haliburton, Jayson Tatum of the present greatest group, Boston Celtics, and Bucks latest addition Damian Lillard.
For the Western Conference, Los Angeles Lakers famous person Lebron James, who now owns the report for many All-Star Game appearances with 20, rising famous person Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder, final season’s Finals MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns prime scorer Kevin Durant, and Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic.
None within the beginning 5 is a first-time All-Star.
The NBA All-Star Game Starting Five outcomes are typically acceptable. Still, there are a whole lot of storylines that seem shocking, attention-grabbing, and simply unacceptable.
Here are 5 takeaways for the upcoming All-Star Game:
1. Jalen Brunson was snubbed
The loudest gripe followers have from the announcement is the snub on New York Knicks’ Jalen Brunson.
“I would have love to see Jalen Brunson as a starter…he made the Knicks relevant for the first time since Patrick Ewing.”
Chuck’s response to Jalen Brunson not being named an All-Star starter pic.twitter.com/kK2Y3uM0sA
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The one they needed out of the primary 5 is Damian Lillard. Brunson is carrying the Knicks. He additionally produces extra factors than Dame.
The drawback with fan voting is that Dame has established a worldwide following since his time with the Portland Trailblazers.
Before coming to the Bucks, he already made seven All-Star Games.
2. This is Damian Lillard’s first-ever begin
While this will probably be Dame’s eighth All-Star, this will probably be his first as a starter. That is shocking, provided that he is been within the prime tier within the Western Conference.
Maybe it’s as a result of the Western Conference has at all times been stacked with guards, and he needed to battle it out with Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden again within the day.
3. Shouldn’t the Boston Celtics have a number of starters?
Surprisingly, the Bucks are the one group with a number of starters for the upcoming festivities.
The Celtics ought to personal this distinction, as they’ve been dominant all season. They have the most effective protection within the league, with a 110.5 defensive ranking. All their starters additionally rating in double digits.
The one who might be a starter is Jaylen Brown. However, the Eastern Conference is stacked with large males. There isn’t any approach he deserves it greater than Joel Embiid or Giannis.
With much less competitors, Tatum or Brown may slide all the way down to the frontcourt.
4. Lebron James is now not the preferred
King James takes the title of the participant with probably the most All-Star appearances. However, for this yr, he’s now not the hottest participant within the league.
The Greek Freak obtained probably the most votes with 5,427,874, whereas James is an in depth second with 5,098,872. The 2024 outcomes ended his seven-year streak as the highest vote-getter within the ASG.
5. Anthony Edwards needs to be within the beginning 5
Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards is making a leap this season, main his group to the highest of the Western Conference standings.
As the most effective participant of the most effective group within the West, he deserves a beginning spot.
His group has a greater report than Luka Doncic’s Mavs. That spot needs to be his.
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