We now know who will make up the cast of one of the biggest dates in the basketball calendar. The 2023 All-Star Game will be full of star power, and the chosen starters will make for a very interesting game.
OKBET fans will have plenty of betting fun as the All-Star Captains are names they’re familiar with. LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will meet at the All-Star break as captains of their respective All-Star teams for the third time.
King James continues to defy logic as he shines for the Los Angeles Lakers at 38 years old. He’s currently averaging 29.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.0 assists on 50.7% shooting for the Purple and Gold. He’s tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s All-Star selection record with the latest plaudit.
Meanwhile, the Greek Freak is putting on another MVP-caliber season as he leads the Milwaukee Bucks to another strong season in the competitive Eastern Conference. He’s bagging a nightly average of 31.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 5.3 assists on 52.6% shot efficiency.
The other Western Conference starters alongside LeBron James are also equally impressive. Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic take the guard spots with their incredible play. Zion Williamson’s high-flying performances helped him secure the other starting forward spot, and Nikola Jokic completes the lineup with his unique skillset.
The Eastern Conference starters are just as great as their Western counterparts. Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell deserve their slots due to how well they dominate the East. Jayson Tatum’s a shoo-in due to how the Boston Celtics are performing. Finally, Kevin Durant rounds out the East starters with his Hall of Fame-level scoring ability.
The 2023 All-Star Snubs
While these ten players deserve their spot in the 2023 All-Star game, this season has seen plenty of exciting players shine. Due to the limited spots, terrific players understandably have to miss out on the starting gig.
Joel Embiid is the biggest snub in the Eastern Conference. He’s averaging a near double-double with 33.4 points and 9.8 rebounds on 53.2% FG and 34.5% 3FG for the Philadelphia 76ers.
The missing name in the West that will raise eyebrows is Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant. He’s balling at a different level, with per-game averages of 27.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.0 assists.
The notable snub list also includes Jaylen Brown, Domantas Sabonis, Lauri Markkanen, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. However, it’s a sure lock that these players will be listed as All-Star reserves by February 2.