Dallas Mavericks: NBA All-Star Game re-pick and re-draft
By Kohl Rast
The NBA All-Star Game is set to take place this evening in what will be a shootout. If the writers of The Smoking Cuban re-picked the All-Stars and re-drafted them for LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, what would they look like?
Over the last few years of the NBA All-Star game, the format has changed. After years and years of the East vs. West layout, the league changed to a method of having fans vote for captains and then captains picking their teams. This year, the captains were LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Dallas Mavericks did not officially have a representative for this year’s All-Star game when the teams were announced. Despite having the third most fan votes from anyone in the league, Luka Doncic was left off by the coaches and players. A little while after the players were announced, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade would be honorary All-Stars.
For the purpose of this post and being a Dallas Mavericks fan site, we decided to switch out a couple of the players we felt were not deserving of an All-Star nomination with others. We ended up agreeing on three guys to sub out: LaMarcus Aldridge, D’Angelo Russell and Kyle Lowry. We replaced them with Luka Doncic, Victor Oladipo and Eric Bledsoe.
These replacements (aside from Luka) were unbiased, we just felt like Lowry and Russell have not shown enough to be All-Stars during this season.
The format of this game is important to note also. This would be a one-game scenario where the result actually mattered, so more like a Game 7 of the NBA Finals than an All-Star game. The teams were selected with that in mind.
So, without further ado, here are the teams selected by site expert, Kohl Rast, and site contributor, Evan Siegel.