fanatix looks at who has made the starting five and if they deserve to be there.
It is seen as a mid-season celebration and a time for players to show off their skills, but the NBA All-Star sides are also a very good measure of a player’s standing in the game.
For a few years now the league has opened up the voting to the public, and as a result, it is not always the “best” players who are given the starting positions in the coveted East and West teams.
fanatix will examine the starting five for the Eastern Conference team ahead of All-Star weekend in New Orleans and if they have what it takes to beat the West.
1. LeBron James (Miami Heat) – 1,416,419 votes
fanatix says: He doesn’t deserve to be there…just kidding, if anybody deserves to be on one of the biggest stages the sport has to offer it’s ‘The King’.
LeBron James has redefined the role of the small forward in his time in the league and can and does play, every position on the court just as well as the one he’s listed at starting in this year’s All-Star team.
James is the perfect style of player to take part in the NBA All-Star game, as he combined legit skill and stats for his team Miami with eye-popping individual moves that are seen only in rare occasions in regular season games.
We can’t wait for dunks and alley-oops galore, and the LBJ competitive spirit to come out in the fourth quarter if the game is close and he looks to take over the game.
2013-14 season stats
Points per game: 26.2
Free throw %: 75.2
Three point %: 37.6
Field Goal %: 58.0