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NBA All Stars: Who should the starters be?

The NBA All star voting concluded on Monday leaving some people with questions as to how legitimate the voting system has become in the NBA. Golden State Warriors Center Zaza Pachulia has racked up enough votes to possibly become the Western Conference stater at the 5 position. Over 21 million votes have been cast in this years voting, which is a 142% increase from last years game. The starters are determined by voting that is combined from the fans (50%), players (25%), and the media (25%). The starters for the All Star game will be chosen tonight on TNT on a special edition of NBA tip off. We pick who SHOULD start the game.

Eastern conference:

Guards:

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Kyrie Irving

Irving is averaging 23.6 points per game along with 5.6 assists. During the season, Irving has put Lebron in the backseat for some clutch moments including the dagger on Christmas day against Golden State. One of the best young players in the game, Irving is the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.

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Isaiah Thomas

Thomas is averaging 28.7 points per game combined with 6 assists. This season, Isaiah has put the team on his back which has garnered him the nickname “King of the Fourth”. Thomas has taken over games time and time again averaging the most points in the 4th quarter in the NBA.

Frontcourt:

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Lebron James

James is obviously a shoe in to be an all star because he is the BEST player in the league, no questions asked. James is averaging 25.6 points, 8.1 assist, and 7.8 rebounds per game. James can do anything on a basketball court, he has great court vision and superior athletic ability making him the most dangerous player in the game.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak jumped onto the scene last year with some impressive highlights, but this season he has really turned into a fantastic player. Giannis is averaging 23.7 points, 5.6 assists, and 8.7 rebounds per game. He has shown is freakish athleticism time and time again this year with highlight reel dunks. The 22 year old has a very bright future.

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Joel Embiid

Embiid is the first draft pick to somewhat look like he is going to pan out like they planned. Embiid is leading the Sixers, averaging 19.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. “The Process” is dominating the game down low.

Western Conference:

Guards:

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James Harden

Harden is my favorite for MVP right now. He’s taken an average Rockets team and made them one of the best teams in the league. Harden is averaging 28.9 points, 11.6 assists, and 8.3 rebounds per game. The former backup to Russell Westbrook has moved past him for best point guard in the Western Conference. Harden controls the game and limits his turnovers making everyone around him better.

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Russell Westbrook

There are really no words to explain what Russell Westbrook is doing to the league this year. Although his turnover numbers could be much better, you can’t ignore his stats, 30.6 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.6 rebounds per game. Averaging a triple double has been damn near impossible in the NBA. But if he continues down this road, it could go down as one of the best statistical season ever.

Frontcourt:

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Kevin Durant

Durant has received a lot of hate for he offseason move to the Warriors. It has not gone as well as some people imagined, but Durant’s play has been consistent as he had a 40 point outburst last night against his former team in the Oracle. On a team with a ton of scorers, Durant is still averaging 26.7 points per game on top of 4.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds.

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Kawhi Leonard

Arguably one of the most underrated players in the NBA, Kawhi Leonard has become THE guy in San Antonio. He is the complete package, an excellent defender, paired with ability to score at will. Leonard has become a top tier player in the West. His stats aren’t indicative of how important he is to the team, with 24.8 points, 3.1 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game.

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Anthony Davis

Davis is a premier player in the NBA. He is the best center in the NBA and is carrying an awful team down in New Orleans. Davis is averaging 28.8 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. If you could start your franchise with one player, this guy has to be close to the top of the list because he is a fantastic talent in the NBA.

Tune in to NBA Tip off on TNT tonight to see which players receive the honor of starting in this year’s All Star game.

 

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Joel Embiid Needs Your All-Star Vote… So He Can Date Rihanna

Joel Embiid has been raining in buckets so fast this season that you might need an umbrella around him. He makes fans want to stomp on the replay with his highlight reel moves. He really has been putting in some work, work, work, work, work.

Yes, Joel Embiid has shined bright like a diamond so far this season, and his play has garnered him some all-star attention. Fans account for half of the vote in this year’s contest, and Embiid is making an impressive push toward a roster spot. A selection would make Embiid the 46th rookie to achieve All-Star status, but that’s not what is on the 7-footer’s mind.

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Back in June 2014, Embiid reached out to well-known recording artist Rihanna on Twitter to confess his love and ask her on a date. It isn’t extremely clear how Rihanna responded, but we do know that she didn’t respond with a date. Poor Joel spent the next few years riding the Sixers bench while recovering from a lengthy foot injury, missing two full seasons while the 76ers sat at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Now, however, Embiid is bouncing back. He is currently the best player on the 76ers (some would say he runs this town), and he’s been getting some serious consideration to represent to the Eastern Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.

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Embiid’s solid start to his rookie campaign has gained him a lot of media attention, with a lot of it focusing on his chances for Rookie of the Year. This honor, however would not be enough for his quest.

“Rookie of the year would be great, but I don’t think it’s going to help me get to my crush. Hopefully, the All-Star Game I’ll get to do that.”

In order to help make a push for All-Star status, Embiid has been pulling out all the stops. Last night, he turned his attention to one of our nation’s more gullible audiences- Trump supporters.

Embiid, who might be the most social-media savvy athlete in Philly sports history, threw up a tweet that seemingly shows Donald Trump’s endorsement for his All-Star bid:

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This isn’t the first time a run-of-the-mill NBA player has tried going after Rihanna. Back in 2015, Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes (then with the Memphis Grizzlies) made Rihanna his #WCW on Instagram and told reporters their relationship was “just past the crush stage.” Embiid seems to be playing the underdog role off a lot better than Barnes, who just kind of creepily lied about dating her.

It would definitely be the biggest upset of the year if Embiid gets enough votes to earn a spot in the All-Star game and go on a date with Rihanna. If anyone thought 2016 was a strange year, 2017 could be off to a hot start very soon if Embiid can turn his fantasy into reality.

 

 

Fan Interference NBA First Quarter Awards

The NBA season is just a little over a quarter of the way through, and even though it isn’t much of a sample size, we’ve seen some great performances. Russell Westbrook has been a one-man wrecking crew, the Warriors are beginning to settle in nicely, and the Cavaliers are atop the Eastern Conference. This is pretty much how we would’ve drawn it up at the beginning of the season, but that’s not to say there haven’t been a few surprises. I highly doubt any of these recipients would be pumped to hear they’ve won a quarter season award, but we’re gonna give it to them anyway. So, don’t get too excited yet, but here’s our 2016 NBA First Quarter Awards.

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MVP: Russell Westbrook

As of tonight, Westbrook is the uncontested NBA MVP. If the MVP truly stands for “most valuable player,” there should be no argument. If you pull him from the Thunder, they are tanking for the number one pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Westbrook is leading the league in scoring, and he’s averaging 30.9 PPG. These numbers are historic, and the only thing stopping me from bowing down and worshipping his game is the fact that we’re only a quarter of the way through. If he is somehow able to keep this up all season, we’re talking about one of the greatest single seasons in NBA history. Plus, the old guys who vote for this stuff will love that he didn’t ditch OKC and that he’s doing it on his own.

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Hottest Game

It all started off as a normal game against the Indiana Pacers for Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors. Klay was hot right out of the gate, pouring in 40 points before halftime. This wasn’t anything ridiculously out of the ordinary, but it was already one of the best night of Thompson’s career. He followed it up by sliding in another 20 in the third quarter, before sitting the entire fourth quarter with a whopping 60 points. Of course, this led everyone to wonder what might’ve happened if Klay actually played the fourth quarter, but regardless, it stands alone as the best game anyone has played this season.

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Hottest Quarter

C’mon. This is the NBA First Quarter Awards, so we’d be sorely mistaken if we didn’t give an award for something that somebody did in the first quarter.  In this case, that man is Kevin Love. If you could combine Love’s 34 first quarter points (yes, you read that right) vs. the Portland Trail Blazers with Klay Thompson’s three quarters of excellence, you’d have yourself a 94 point game. Not too shabby, considering the 76ers can’t even do that as an entire team on most nights.

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Rookie of the Year

Joel Embiid

As of now, Joel Embiid has already established himself as perhaps the best player on the Philadelphia 76ers. He is a beast defensively, drives to the basket with ease, and has one of the funniest Instagram accounts in the NBA (not that this makes him any more qualified to be rookie of the year, but you should definitely check it out). Perhaps the craziest thing about Embiid’s 17.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG and 2.5 BLK is that he’s doing it all on a minutes restriction. Hopefully for the Sixers, Embiid can stay healthy. If they are to have any future of success, the big man certainly looks to be a focal point of it.

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Comeback Player of the Year

Anthony Davis

I know what you’re going to say. How can Anthony Davis get comeback player of the year when he averaged 24.3 PPG last season? Well, Davis missed a large chunk of last season because he needed surgery on his left knee, and he’s missed at least fourteen games in each of his first four seasons. If Davis is somehow able to keep up at his torrent pace of 29.6 PPG and stay healthy, he would be fully deserving of the award.

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When it comes to other awards like Team of the Year, the season just hasn’t progressed enough for anyone to stand out. The Warriors are pretty much where we thought they’d be, same with the Spurs, Cavs and Raptors. Maybe we will be able to give them our prestigious awards at the midseason mark. As the season develops, some of these guys will fall off, but some of them just might win an actual award at the end of the year. For those who don’t, it’s ok. You were a winner in the Fan Interference NBA First Quarter Awards. Don’t spend it all in one place, kids.

Rookie Radar: Who’s Shining Out of the Gate?

After roughly a week in the NBA, some rookies have already started making an impact. Though some have only played sparingly so far, others have taken on significant roles with their team. Additionally, some rookies have actually been with a team for multiple seasons, but are just seeing the court now (cough, cough, Philadelphia).

POINTS

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Leading the rookie class in points per game so far this season is Joel Embiid. This is great news for 76ers fans, as they have waited what seems like years for Embiid to finally hit the court. Embiid has managed to average 17.3 PPG while on a minutes restriction, which also means he is one of the most efficient scorers in the rookie class. There’s also more good news for Philly, as Dario Saric is the second leading scorer with 10.3 PPG. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Philadelphia doesn’t exactly have anyone else that they can play. Coming in third is the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, who is averaging 8 PPG so far.

REBOUNDS

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It should be no surprise that the rebounding category is also headed by Joel Embiid, who goes into tonight’s action averaging 6.3 rebounds per game. The big man towers over the other members of the rookie class, and he’s been a huge help for Philadelphia. Up next on the list is 6’9” power forward and fellow Cameroonian Pascal Siakam. Taken by the Raptors in the first round, Siakam has helped increase size on a team that just lost Bismack Biyombo. Much like the 76ers had 2 of the top 3 rookie scorers, Toronto also has 2 of the top 3 rebounders, with Jakob Poetl taking the third spot.

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Minutes, perhaps, are the most important number as the season transpires for rookies. Minutes indicate how much a team relies on you, and some of these teams will need to rely on their rookies a lot. Andrew Harrison currently leads all rookies in minutes with 31 per game, but is only scoring 7.3 PPG. Harrison was drafted in 2015 by the Phoenix Suns and traded to the Grizzlies, where he spent his entire first season playing for the Iowa Energy of the D-League. Dario Saric is next in minutes, averaging 28.4. The Turkish player has been in professional basketball for several years overseas, but is now finally getting his first crack at the NBA. Rounding out the top 3 is Wade Baldwin, also a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Baldwin and Harrison are in a minutes battle of sorts, but both have been playing frequently thus far.

Overall, this rookie class still needs a lot of time to develop. Later in the season, we could see Ben Simmons hit the court, and he should be spectacular. Additionally, there’s always a group of rookies taken in later rounds that eventually get their chance to shine. Embiid is the best so far out of the gate, but his long-term health is still in question and the 76ers are treating that situation very carefully. As the season continues, we will continue to monitor the rookie class and see how they develop.