Predicting 2019's NBA All-Star Teams: LeBron, Wiggins and Drummond Lead the East

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Predicting 2019's NBA All-Star Teams: LeBron, Wiggins and Drummond Lead the East
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With All-Star weekend approaching, I've decided to fast forward five years...Yes, LeBron will still be an All-Star.

The rest of the list, however, might surprise you.

 

Note: This is not simply a ranking of the 10 best players in the NBA in 2019. Things that I have taken into account include:

  • The fan voting process
  • Predicted team success
  • Player movement via free agency/potential trades
  • Each individual's logical career path leading up to 2019 

 

Just as a reminder of how much can change in a five year time span, here is a look back at the All-Star starters in 2009 compared to this year:

Eastern Conference

2009 2014
Guard Allen Iverson Guard Kyrie Irving
Guard Dwyane Wade Guard Dwyane Wade
Forward LeBron James Forward LeBron James
Forward Kevin Garnett Forward Paul George
Center Dwight Howard Forward Carmelo Anthony

 

Western Conference

2009 2014
Guard Chris Paul Guard Stephen Curry
Guard Kobe Bryant Guard Kobe Bryant*
Forward Amare Stoudemire Forward Kevin Durant
Forward Tim Duncan Forward Blake Griffin
Center Yao Ming Forward Kevin Love

*injured

 

Aside from D-Wade, LeBron, and Kobe (who won't play), no 2009 All-Star starters made the 2014 lineup.

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