Tuck: NBA All-Star Draft
The NBA should consider a draft like the NHL and NFL have to determine All-Star teams. That way we wouldn’t be forced into including some iffy choices in the East and spurning deserving ones in the West. I think the whole idea of captains and a draft is a good one. Especially if you factor in that the NBA has already dipped their toe in that pool. They allowed Shaq and Chuck to draft the sides for the Rising Stars game last year.
I think we could allow fans to vote for 10 players to be starters choosing from the entire league. Those players would be drafted a week later onto sides. Then the reserves would be named, representing the entire NBA.
Then on All-Star Friday night those players (or more likely a captain or captains) will join the GM’s in drafting the remaining players onto teams. It could be a 30-minute or 60-minute show right before or after the Rising Stars game. It would be subject of conversation all week leading up to the draft who should be the first pick and what strategy each team should have.
I believe this is something new commissioner Adam Silver should look at to add more spice to the weekend and assure the best players are at the All-Star game. It also could create a scenario where Kevin Durant plays against Russell Westbrook or LeBron James plays against Dwyane Wade. West and East would know longer be dividers.
Something to think about NBA.
Now, I’ll share my NBA All-Star reserves.
My starters were different than the fans choices, but to make this easier I will base these reserve picks off of the starters the fans chose.
In the Eastern Conference the starters are Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony.
In the Western Conference the starters are *Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Kevin Love.
Guards- John Wall, Kyle Lowry, Lance Stephenson
Front-court- Joakim Noah, Paul Milsap, Roy Hibbert
Wild Cards- Al Jefferson, Luol Deng
The guards and front-court were easy honestly. I attempt to honor individual success/greatness while incorporating what it means to the team they play for and effect on the win/loss column. The Bobcats improved play I believe relates directly to two things: coaching and Jefferson. They are one win away from matching last year’s total. Deng is just a really good player having another really good year.
I don’t feel bad about leaving anyone off in the East. If anything, I feel awkward including guys like Stephenson, Hibbert, Milsap, Big Al, and Deng. The others I considered were Chris Bosh, Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan, Aaron Afflalo, Jeff Teague, and Michael Carter-Williams.
Guards- Damian Lillard, James Harden, Mike Conley
Front-court- LaMarcus Aldridge, Dirk Nowitzki, Anthony Davis
Wild Cards- Dwight Howard, Tony Parker
* Replacement- Goran Dragic
Before we discuss anything, consider this list: Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Ty Lawson, Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Monta Ellis, Tim Duncan, Zach Randolph, Serge Ibaka, DeAndre Jordan, Pau Gasol, and DeMarcus Cousins. That is 12 more guys making an entire team that all could make some kind of case. Heck, I didn’t even include Kobe!
I felt like the guards and front-court guys were locks. I could listen to arguments why one of the above guys could be included over the wild cards. The Spurs are real tricky. Parker and Duncan are both having down years from last year, but there they are again at the top of the West. What to do?
I felt the Suns would be the worst team in the West this season, but they clearly aren’t. Bledsoe (who got hurt) and Dragic are the main reasons why. It almost would be criminal not to include the Suns best player.
The lopsided nature of determining all-stars makes me think the idea to switch to a draft would provide permanent relief from any future issues.