This past Thursday, January 23rd, the starters for the 2019 NBA All-Star game were announced. The NBA All-Star game will take place on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 8 p.m. ET.
Starters from the West: Lebron James (Captain), Kevin Durant, Paul George, Steph Curry, and James Harden.
Starters from the East: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Captain), Kawahi Leonard, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, and Kemba Walker.
After the starters being announced on Thursday, many fans were shocked to see the rookie Luka Doncic not being named to the starting lineup. Doncic had received more fan votes than Kevin Durant, Paul George, and Anthony Davis.
But we have to remember that the starters are named through player votes and media votes. Kevin Durant and PG13 had more votes between the three categories than Doncic to be named as All-Star starters.
This Thursday, January 31st, the reserves for the 2019 All-Star game will be announced on TNT before the matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors. The reserves for the all-star team will be decided by the head coach of every single team in the NBA.
Many people are probably thinking as of now, will the coaches vote the rookie Luka Doncic to the All-Star team?
Yes, a rookie has played in an All-Star game before. The last rookie to do so was Blake Griffin back in 2011. Griffin averaged a total of 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game during his rookie campaign.
As of now, Luka Doncic is averaging 20.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. He recently dropped 32 points and got the win this past Friday against Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons.
Doncic has been playing like an All-Star caliber this season and caught the attention of many fans around the world. With a lot of amazing and talented players in the west who are also averaging 20+ points per game, it is hard to tell whether or not Doncic will make the team.
With the announcement of the reserves right around the corner, we will see if the coaches believe in the young and uprising star in Luka Doncic.