2020 NBA All-Stars Set for Chicago

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The 2020 NBA All-Stars are all set for Chicago. While players who will participate in the All-Star Saturday Night events are yet to be named, the NBA’s celebratory weekend is shaping up.

The NBA revealed All-Star Starters on January 23rd. Players were selected after fan, media and player voting took place. The league named All-Star Reserves this week, January 30th, and those players were selected by the coaches. 

Here’s a look at the 2020 NBA All-Stars. 

NBA All-Stars: Starters

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks led all vote-getters in the East. The reigning MVP will make his fourth All-Star appearance and holds the highest scoring average in All-Star game history (28.0). In 2019, Antetokounmpo is averaging 30 points and 12.9 rebounds per game, as well as 5.6 assists.

LeBron James led all vote-getters in the West and is making his 16th All-Star appearance. James has scored the most points in All-Star game history (362). In 2019, James is averaging 25.3 points, 10.7 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

Anthony Davis of the LA Lakers is joining his teammate James for the game. It’s Davis’s seventh All-Star appearance in his eight seasons. He scored a single-game All-Star record 52 points in 2017. In 2019, Davis is averaging 26.5 points, 3.2 assists and 9.1 rebounds per game. 

James Harden is making his 8th-straight All-Star appearance for Houston. Only Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon has more (12). Harden averages a league-leading 35.7 points per game. In addition, he posts 7.2 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game.  

Joel Embiid averages 23.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Philadelphia 76ers this season. He’s making his third All-Star appearance. 

Kawhi Leonard will be starting the All-Star game for a third different franchise in his four appearances. With the LA Clippers, Leonards posts 27.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

Kemba Walker is making his fourth All-Star appearance, but his first with the Boston Celtics. Walker averages 22 points, five assists and four rebounds per game.  

First-Time All-Stars & First-Time Starters

Nine first-time NBA All-Stars make their debut this year, and three are set to start the game. 

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks is in the conversation for league MVP. He leads the NBA with 12 triple-doubles. He posts 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game. He’s the youngest All-Star (20) since Lebron James (20) in 2005. 

Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks is putting up incredible offensive numbers this season. He averages 29.4 points, 9.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.  

Pascal Siakam assumed the No. 1 role in Toronto after Leonard left in free agency. He’s following up his Most Improved Player of the Year season with another great campaign. He puts up 23.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. 

NBA All-Stars: Reserves 

Chris Paul headlines the crop of NBA All-Stars Reserves. Making his 10th appearance, Paul averages 17.1 points, 6.5 assists and five rebounds for the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Russell Westbrook checks in for his eight All-Star appearance, and his first with the Houston Rockets. Westbrook posts 26.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.4 assists this season. In addition, he’s fourth in the league with eight triple-doubles.

Kyle Lowry is making his sixth consecutive All-Star appearance. The heart of the defending champion Raptors, Lowry averages 19.9 points, 7.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds. 

Damien Lillard makes his fifth All-Star appearance this season. Now the only Blazer with more appearances is Clyde Drexler (8). Lillard posts 29 points, 7.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game. 

Jimmy Butler is an All-Star for the fifth time in the last six seasons. In his first season with the Miami Heat, Butler averages 20.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists.

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets is an All-Star for the second time. He’s the first back-to-back Nugget All-Star since Carmelo Anthony (09-10 and 10-11). He has the third-most triple-doubles (9) and also averages 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6.6 assists. 

Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks is now a two-time All-Star. He averages 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists this season. 

Ben Simmons is making his second All-Star appearance. Simmons still needs a jump-shot, but he puts up 16.6 points, 8.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds a game. 

First-Time All-Star Reserves

Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat is making the leap in his third season. He’s a candidate for Most Improved Player of the Year. Adebayo posts 16 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists, as well as three triple-doubles.

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz will make his All-Star debut this season. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year posts 15.8 points, 14.5 rebounds and two blocks per game in his eight season.

Brandon Ingram is a first-time All-Star in his first season with the New Orleans Pelicans. He puts up 25 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Pels this season.

Donovan Mitchell joins his teammate as a first-time All-Star. The 2018 Slam Dunk champ averages 24.6 points, 4.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds for the Jazz. Mitchell and Gobert give Utah two all-stars for the first time since 06-07 when Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur made the game.

Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers has been a workhorse in Victor Oladipo‘s absence. He averages 18 points, 12.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

Jayson Tatum makes his All-Star debut in his third season. The Celtics forward posts 21.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

NBA All-Stars: Snubs

It’s impossible to make every deserving player one of the NBA All-Stars. Some of the notable All-Star snubs include: Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond.

Beal is a two-time All-Star who’s averaging 28.6 points, 6.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds for the Wizards this season.

Booker has yet to make an All-Star team, and should be among the nine first-time all-stars in 2020. With the Suns this season, Booker posts 27.1 points, 6.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds a game.

DeRozan is a four-time All-Star. With the Spurs this season, DeRozan averages 23.0 points and 5.7 rebounds, as well as 5.2 assists. This is the first time since 1997 that San Antonio doesn’t have an all-star. Incidentally, that’s also the last time the Spurs missed the playoffs.

Drummond is a two-time All-Star with the Detroit Pistons. This season, he’s posts 17.2 points and 15.6 rebounds per game. In addition, he’s tied with Antetokounmpo with a league-leading 39 double-doubles.

All-Star Festivities

The 2020 NBA All-Stars game is set for 8PM on February 16th in Chicago. The All-Star draft show will take place on February 6th.

During the draft show, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Lebron James will select their teams.

Team Giannis will be coached by Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse. Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer is ineligible since he coached last year’s game.

Team LeBron will be coached by Lakers head man Frank Vogel. This will be Vogel’s second time coaching the All-Star game. He did so as Indiana Pacers coach in 2014.

Honoring Kobe Bryant

NBA stars and fans alike mourned the loss of Kobe Bryant this week. In the tragic helicopter crash last Sunday, Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others lost their lives.

Many teams have honored Bryant throughout the week, with it all culminating in an emotional pregame ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday.

For the All-Star game, Team Giannis will wear No. 24 jerseys for Kobe Bryant. Team LeBron will wear No. 2 jerseys for Bryant’s daughter, Gigi. In addition, the league elected to honor Bryant by changing the game’s traditional format.

Team Giannis and Team LeBron will compete to win each of the first three quarters, all of which will start with the score of 0-0 and will be 12 minutes long. Then, at the beginning of the fourth, the game clock turns off as a Final Target Score is set.

The Final Target Score will be determined by taking the leading team’s total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points–the 24 representing Bryant’s jersey number for the final 10 seasons of his NBA career. The teams will then play an untimed fourth quarter and the first team to reach the Final Target Score will win the NBA All-Star Game. 

The 2020 NBA All-Stars will take the floor in the United Center on February 16th.

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