The 2013-14 NBA season was great for the NBA. Especially for the NBA Champions, the San Antonio Spurs. But the 2014-15 campaign is now half way through and with it comes the NBA All-Star game.
GiveMeSport brings you some predictions for the line ups ahead of the big night.
For the teams, I will give you 5 players for each team (Starting line-up), and I will also give you my reason why I picked them.
Western Conference All-Star team prediction
Point Guard: Steph Curry
He's really good at shooting, very tough physically and mentally, and a very smart player. Not to mention, how fast he is too.
Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant
He's defiantly a veteran in the NBA, and in the All-star games. He’s known for shooting skills. Kobe might be old for an NBA player, but I think he still has a season or two left in him. Kobe is also a smart player on and off the court. The Lakers man can also bring the ball down the court if he has too. Some players can't do that without getting it taken away.
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Small Forward: Kevin Durant
Durant is a phenomenal player. A Small forward can basically play any position, and that's what Durant can do. Durant can shoot; rebound and he can dash assists if he needs to. But most importantly he's an MVP from 2014.
Power Forward: Blake Griffin
He defiantly can't be a Center. The West All-Stars have a number of Centers in their line-up from 2014, so Griffin would be my PF. He is probably one of the strongest NBA players in my opinion. He can dunk, kind of shoot, but the best thing about Griffin, would have to be posting up. When you have a Power forward that can shoot, as long as they're big and tough, they should dominate the Paint.
Center: Dwight Howard
Howard gets the nod over Kevin Love. Love is a tough player, but if Howard isn't in the dunk contest, I think he would make the perfect Center.
Eastern Conference All-Star team prediction
Point Guard: Derrick Rose
Last year Dwayne Wade was the starting Point Guard, but that's because 2010 MVP Derrick Rose was injured. Same thing with 2013. Derrick Rose is injury prone. But now he's healthier and possibly better than ever. Derrick Rose is the perfect Point Guard. He can dunk kind of shoot and he is smart and can set up plays. Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls would not be a championship contending team this season.
Shooting Guard: Kyrie Irving
Irving was last year’s All-Star Shooting Guard, and I think he could be the Shooting Guard again this year. His real position is Point Guard, but Kyrie can shoot better then Rose can. Rose is mainly a Point Guard. He knows how to set up the plays and is better at it then Kyrie is. Irving can defiantly shoot he's a smart player and an aggressive player too.
Small Forward: LeBron James
Lebron is easily the best current NBA player. He can do basically anything. His coach will tell him to do something, and he'll do it. Lebron is smart, aggressive, and tough physically and mentally. Lebron James is the current Michael Jordan of the NBA.
Power Forward: Carmelo Anthony
Last year Carmelo was the starting Center. He wasn't bad, but he shouldn't play there again. He's a really good shooter. But when you’re playing the center position, your main goal is to rebound. Can he rebound? Yes, yes he sure can, but they need Carmelo to shoot. He can also dribble the ball.
Center: Joakim Noah
This is a really good season for Noah. Now, as a Bulls fan, I would have to say Noah is better this year because he has Derrick Rose back. Rose knows Noah real well, so he knows how Noah plays. Noah is a dominant Center, and this position is well deserved.
Now, in the NBA All-Star game, none of the players really try on Defense, but it's basically each player showing off their skills. The All-Star game and slam dunk contest is always something me and my dad have always loved watching together, and I really can't wait for it this year.
Let us know your starting lines ups and reasons behind them in the comments section below...