The 2020 NBA All-Star Game is officially upon us. The thing we all love and pay great attention to! The rules are different, several of the players are different, but the bitching about the lack of defense will assuredly remain the same.
For those not in the know, here is an extremely dumbed down version of the major format changes: each of the first three quarters will start with a score of 0-0; the winning team of each of those quarters will win money for their designated charity; at the start of the fourth quarter the scores from the previous three quarters will be added up; a goal score will be set at 24 points higher than the higher of the two...whatever who cares. It’s still the All-Star Game. It’ll be a little different, but I’m sure you’ll figure it out.
The starting lineup for Team LeBron is filled with big, versatile players—including the Mavericks’ own Luka Doncic. Each of Team LeBron’s players can do a little bit of everything on the court. Five multi-positional players between 6’5” and 6’10” is a modern NBA fever dream. Team LeBron will be a menace.
G- James Harden
G- Luka Doncic
F- LeBron James
F- Kawhi Leonard
F- Anthony Davis
The reserves for Team LeBron feature players that can do…anything. True masters at their crafts.
You need a blowtorch-hot shooter? I got a
Damian Lillard Devin Booker right here.
You need a bulldog veteran leader? Might I interest you in a Chris Paul?
How about a big man who loves to rebound and sling the ball around? Check out our fresh Nikola Jokic and Domantas Sabonis.
You need a second Luka Doncic who can’t shoot? This Ben Simmons has your name all over him.
How about a do-everything wing player? The Jayson Tatums are in season right now.
Any interest in a guy who is so insane that he once played with a literal dent in his face? Russy Westbrook, at your service.
Team Giannis, other than having a 6’11” terminator as its namesake, boasts a fairly traditional starting lineup: two point/combo guards, two big ol’ wings, and a true post-up center. Team Giannis will look to bully. Team Giannis will look to avenge of the coaches and players of a rough-and-tumble yesteryear. Jeff Van Gundy is aroused.
G- Kemba Walker
G- Trae Young
F- Giannis Antetokounmpo
F- Pascal Siakam
C- Joel Embiid.
The reserves for Team Giannis are maybe lacking in some of the name recognition seen on Team LeBron’s bench, but they aren’t lacking in talent.
Khris Middleton, Brandon Ingram and Jimmy Butler will fly all across the court, playing wherever, and at whichever position they need to.
Kyle Lowry and Donovan Mitchell make for an impressive pair in the backcourt (also “Impressive Pair in the Backcourt” is a good nickname for Lowry’s ass.)
The reserve big man tandem of Bam Adebayo and Rudy Gobert is tailor-made to shut down any kind of offensive player you want to send at them.
With strong reserves on both teams, and starting lineups that resemble the NBA of old vs. the modern game, we should be in for a treat tonight. Look for Team LeBron to prove itself the best All-Star Team ever.