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NBA All-Star Game 2023: 10 starting players showcased in the league’s annual star-studded showdown

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The NBA just opened up fan voting for the 2023 All-Star Game scheduled to take place in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 19, so there’s no better time than now to take a look at who the 10 starting players will be suitable for the annual contest. As usual, there will be three frontcourt players and two backcourt players in each conference, but some decisions are easier to make than others when you look at the pool of talent around the league.

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When you factor in individual performance, injuries, and team success, it can become the difference between a player being called a starter versus a reserve. While there is still some time before starters are officially announced, and things can certainly change every now and then, let’s take stock of the 10 starters coming in February.

Western Conference

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Doncic ranks second in scoring, sixth in assists, and first among guards in rebounding. He’s done this while shooting 49.4 percent from the career field, and over the past month he’s been heating up from the 3-point zone, shooting 39.2 percent from center field. He performs at the MVP level, and if he can do that Mavericks To the top 4 seed in the West, he will certainly have a serious case for the Michael Jordan Trophy at the end of the season.

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That’s a tough call, because you could go with Ja Morant, who captains the second-ranked Memphis team in the West. Or you could go with Gilgos Alexander Tea, which puts silly numbers on a young rebuilder thunder Team. But despite the shoulder injury that will keep Curry out for two weeks, I still picked him as the starter. You may not have noticed this since the Warriors They didn’t look like the dominant team that won it all last year, but Curry’s stats this season rivaled his unanimous MVP season. He shoots 50 percent from field and 43.4 percent from depth, both of which mirror 2016 MVP performances. His actual shooting percentage (66.8 percent) and effective field goal percentage (62.5 percent) are also close to his stats from that year.

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Even though Williamson missed the entirety of last season with a foot injury, he didn’t look rusty in the least, resulting not only in an All-Star season but also getting him into the MVP conversation. His scoring power and the sheer power with which he plays are all there, but the most impressive thing is his passing improvement. He averages 4.7 assists a game, which shows his game is evolving beyond just being an absolute tank that can knock down anyone in the league.

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Davis is expected to miss a month with a foot injury, which could severely affect his status as an All-Star starter, but I’m more inclined to say he’s got a better title than most now, and that’s what he’s been playing so well before. to get off. He’s not just having his best season ever Lakers A uniform but arguably one of the best seasons of his career, he averaged a double and anchored the Los Angeles defense on the other end. He’s a career high shooting from the field, and he’s been a Lakers heartthrob that has begun to turn things around in the past few weeks.

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After winning back-to-back MVP awards, Jokic follows up the rare feat with…another MVP-caliber season. He leads the most advanced statistical categories again and now scores 61.7 percent from the field. Oh, and well Nuggets Around him, Jokic’s efforts have resulted in Denver taking first place in the West now.

Eastern Conference

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This was an easy decision. At the beginning of the season, when Cavaliers They were without Darius Garland for five straight games, and Cleveland did not lose, thanks to Mitchell. He’s elevated the Cavs from an interesting team full of promising young talent, to a legitimate threat in the East. He has a career-high pointing average and also hits the ball in the most efficient segment of his career. After being traded in the summer, I don’t think anyone could have predicted that Mitchell would be such a good starter with Cleveland, but here we go.

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Another guard to have a career year with is Brown, which looks like a continuation of his stellar performance in the NBA Finals a season ago. He’s blossomed from Jayson Tatum’s boyfriend to all things equal, and some nights he’s Boston’s blessing if his counterpart is having an off night. Brown hit a career-high 49.6 percent from the field, at 26.4 points per night, also a career high, and after missing the All-Star Game entirely a season ago, he should be named the starter this time around.

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Much like one of the guard posts in the West, this outpost in the East is a tough get-away between Tatum and Durant. Despite the ongoing drama surrounding the networksDurant’s level of play has not faltered. He’s averaging 30 points for the first time since his MVP season in 2014, and he’s shooting a 56.5-percent video, which is not only a season MVP, but the best mark of his career. He leads the league in total points at the moment and has put Brooklyn back in fourth place in the East. While Tatum is having an MVP-level season and can be considered a favorite right now by some people, what KD has been able to accomplish in difficult circumstances has been far more impressive.

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This is an easy lock as is the All-Star roster. Antetokounmpo averaged over 30 points for the first time in his career, and he’s doing so within range dollars The team that currently occupies first place in the East. Giannis had to take more responsibility on offense early in the season with players like Khris Middleton out, and while many might have expected a slow start for the Bucks, the two-time MVP ensured that didn’t happen.

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Embiid leads the league in scoring with a career-high 33 points a game, and had to put up big numbers on a Sixers team that had numerous injuries to key players in the starting lineup. Embiid hasn’t slowed down since his MVP-caliber season a year ago, and while he may not get as much attention from the award this time around, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve to be in the conversation.

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