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