The All-Star game will be a classic game of offense vs defense. In the first game that features the Elam Ending active NBA players, Giannis Antetokounmpo selected Rudy Gobert with the 13th pick just after Bam Adebayo (we can discuss that snub for a later date). Donovan Mitchell was selected 21st (out of 22nd) by Giannis as well. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell may have slid in the All-Star draft due to *checks notes* losing five straight games, but they should be able to add some significant defensive prowess to Giannis’ team.
On the other side, Team LeBron looks like an offensive powerhouse with Luka Doncic, LeBron James, James Harden, and Damian Lillard. The drafting should be interesting for the end result. Does a defensive minded team with a lot of length with the likes of Giannis, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakim, Khris Middleton, Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert, Jimmy Butler, and Kyle Lowry have the chops to shut down LeBron’s gunning team of Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka, The Beard, Dame, Simmons, Nikola Jokic, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook?
It should be interesting. Honestly, I’m really excited for that fourth quarter when the shot clock goes off and teams play to a score. The defense should intensify and the lineups should be fascinating. Substitution patterns won’t be dictating based on remaining time but remaining points or lead. It’s going to be a blast.
The All-Star game will take place in Chicago on February 16th (thank you for not having it on Valentine’s Day and stressing out my marriage).