The world has spoken and we already got our 10 starters for this year’s NBA All-Star, featuring a brand new mode that has put an end to the good old rivalry between the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference we were so used to watch over the years.
Now, it will be the team’s captains (the top vote-getters) that would select their teammates, something that can develop a lot of controversy between their peers, the media and of course, fans all across the globe.
With LeBron James having the most votes overall, he’d be entitled of having the first overall pick in this All-Star Draft on January 25th, after reserves are announced on the 23rd; so speculation is just around the corner regarding who will the King select to join him in this event.
Today, we’re going to go ahead and make our predictions, but instead of trying to figure out the guys he’s going to pick, we’re going to just tell you the guys that there’s just no way in hell LeBron chooses.
5. Draymond Green
Draymond Green and LeBron James are actually very good friends and they even share some business and have been in both ends of some harsh trash talk and friendly bets, so we could definitely expect him to let him play in the opposing end to keeps things interesting.
Even though Green wasn’t one of the top 10 vote-getters and therefore is not going to start, it’s pretty obvious that NBA coaches will vote for the versatile defender to be on this matchup, most likely joining his teammate Stephen Curry.
4. Kevin Durant
Another Golden State Warrior makes our list, with the Cleveland Cavaliers (and obviously LeBron) being their primary rivals in the last couple of years, especially considering LeBron’s latest comments regarding the fact that Durant felt the King had passed the torched to him.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding both All-Star forwards, mostly following a huge no call on a clear foul from Durant over LeBron during Christmas. Expect a lot of sparks between the two, trying to determine who’s the best player in the world.
3. DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan is a hell of a player, but LeBron has always enjoyed and thrived with shooters surrounding him, considering he’s great attacking the rim and finding the open teammate, so we’d expect him to go with James Harden over the Toronto Raptors standout.
Besides, it’s been rumored that the Houston Rockets have emerged as a potential destination for King James the next season, and with Chris Paul already there and Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony all available next season, it would be a very good time to build a nice bond with Harden amidst the “Banana Boat” team orchestration.
2. Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid is perhaps the best big man in the league right now despite being just a sophomore, and he’s won the heart of the fans with his charisma, so the fact that the King’s passing on him is definitely not personal but for business reasons.
Truth to be told, we all expect LeBron James to go ahead and draft DeMarcus Cousins, especially considering all the talking that has been coming and going about James wanting to play alongside Boogie and the Cleveland Cavaliers looking to make a move to try and land the standout big man.
1. John Wall
Once again, this isn’t personal, although there’s an undeniable growing rivalry between the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Wall leading the way this past few seasons as one of the game’s top tier point guards.
The reason why LeBron won’t even consider drafting him is quite simple: he’s going to draft Kyrie Irving. James likes the headlines and most of his PR moves are quite scripted, so he’d make this an opportunity to bury the hatchet and try and get the media to stop talking about their broken (or non-existent relationship). On a side note, he’s pretty likely to draft Chris Paul as well and finally have the chance to play besides one of his best friends.