Is it way too early to be predicting the starting lineups for the next All-Star Game?
Nah, it’s never too early—there is actual NBA basketball being played, and after all, the big event is only three months away!
Mark your calendars or iPhone entries or whatever. The 2014 All-Star weekend kicks off on Friday, February 14, with the main show on Sunday. The setting will be the New Orleans Arena in—where else—the city of New Orleans, home of the Pelicans.
Predicting the starters isn’t really a matter of naming your favorite player or even who you honestly feel is the best of class. Sure, there can be happy coincidences. But let’s be real—it’s more about anticipating the votes, trends and star power.
The All-Star Game is about fan preferences, and the numbers tend to be concentrated in major urban centers. If your favorite player happens to hang his uniform in the land of corn fields or shuttered factories, good luck.
Does this seem too cynical or calculated? Noooo—of course not! Here then is an absolutely unbiased collection of way-too-early predictions.