All Facets of the Game NBA All-Star Ballot

We’re less than two months away from the all-star game and the ballot just opened up to all fans. So it’s time we show you who we believe should be on both conferences all-star teams.

Eastern Conference

Starters

1JWALLGuardJohn Wall He’s moved himself into the elite point guard discussion this season. He can score at the rim with the best of them, he’s only 0.3 assists per game from leading the league and he’s third in steals per game. He’s been the best point guard in the east and should be compensated with a starting position in this years all-star game.

NBA: Preseason-Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks

Guard: Jimmy Butler Between he and Dwyane Wade, you can flip a coin. That being said Jimmy, gets me nod for this spot. He’s been one of the better two-way players in the entire league and he’s having a career year. He’s taken the third most free-throws in the league and is playing his way towards a max contract after declining the Bulls first offer.

1LBJ

Forward: LeBron James The leagues best player is a shoe in, year in year out. The 25 points a night leads the eastern conference and his 7,8 assists per is up a full assist from his career average. Right there in the MVP discussion per usual, LBJ would be here with or without the numbers due to the fans.

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Forward: Carmelo Anthony As bad as the five win Knicks have been, Melo isn’t the reason by any means. One of the leagues best scorer, as per usual, Melo has been scoring and rebounding at a solid clip. Carmelo deserves better than this, but maybe he should have listened to his instinct and left for Chicago.

1VUC

Forward: Nikola Vucevic The surprise of the bunch to many, but Nikola has been nothing short of amazing this season. Averaging 18 and 12 is no joke, and doing it on 51.5 percent shooting is impressive. Impressive enough to get him a starting bid.

Bench

Kyle LowryJeff TeagueDwyane WadeTobias Harris – Jeff GreenPau GasolChris BoshAl Jefferson

Western Conference

Starters

Golden State Warriors v Utah Jazz

Guard: Stephen Curry The league’s MVP thus far has been nothing short of spectacular. Averaging 24/7/5 on almost 50/40/90 shooting, Wardell is third in PER and is who everyone wants to watch when the team from Oakland takes the floor.

1BEARD

Guard: James Harden – He’s scoring the most points per game in the entire NBA, the beard is a strong MVP candidate. Not only has he done it just scoring, but he’s assisting and rebounding at a high level as well; 7 and 6 per, respectively.

1BLAKE

Forward: Blake Griffin – Mr. I only dunk seems to be shooting pretty good outside of just dunking the ball. Shooting 49 percent from the floor and an outstanding 53 percent from three. His rebounding numbers are down, but Blake is a star, and he shines during the all-star game.

1AD

Forward: Anthony Davis – Has a star blossomed before our eyes. AD may be the best player in basketball this season. Best two-way player in the game deserves this nod more than maybe anybody. Will he be the first MVP in the last 20 years that isn’t one of the two best teams in his respective conference?

1MARCGASOL

Forward: Marc Gasol – The best center in the NBA this season, Gasol has featured a little bit of everything this year; scoring, passing, defense and rebounding. He should be a starter as he’s at the top of the list, as the two starting west guards are, for the MVP.

Bench

Damian LillardChris PaulKlay ThompsonMonta EllisKobe BryantLaMarcus AldridgeDeMarcus Cousins

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The Time is Now for the Chicago Bulls

I couldn’t help but think how the absolute time to win a championship for Chicago is NOW. They’ve acquired the deepest team they have had since Derrick Rose has arrived on the scene not to mention the state of the Eastern Conference is in. There are only a few other teams that are even contenders, and one being the Cavs, are in a state of flux and we are all wondering if and when they’ll morph into the team we thought they would. Health, is the number one concern in Chicago, but at full strength, there may not be a deeper team in the Eastern Conference, maybe the entire association.

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Derrick is healthy, sort of. Even though we’re only fifteen games in, Jimmy Butler has turned into one of the better two-way players in the entire NBA. The bigs rotation of Jo, Pau, Taj and Nikola are incredibly talented and multidimensional. The depth, not just at a few positions, at all of them are unmatched in the East. The depth aspect is all predicated on Thibs rotations further down the road. They can be great, but McDermott hasn’t been good. At all. Mirotic has been inconsistent as ever and Tom seems to have quite the short leash when he doesn’t show up on the defensive end, which is nothing out of the norm. They’ve found a great backup point guard in Aaron Brooks to continue the undersized scoring spark plug that can score 10 straight in the blink of an eye.

Chicago has been lacking that second big-time scoring option the whole Derrick Rose tenure. Luol Deng was never a crunch time isolation scorer the way Pau Gasol is. The rejuvenated Spaniard hasn’t looked this impressive in the past four seasons. His current numbers for 2014-2015 are higher than his career marks, which are going to help him, one day after his career is over, make the hall of fame. He’s scoring, rebounding, blocking numbers are all up from his career marks. Pau had more blocks in his first 10 games with Chicago than Carlos Boozer did his entire final season with the Bulls. Pretty incredible and fairly predictable at the same time. He can clearly become that second option that Derrick and the Bulls have been searching for, late in games, and especially when the game slows down during the postseason.

But, I say the time is now, because that is simply the fact of the matter. Who knows what’s going to happen when Jimmy Butler demands max money, deserving if he continues this productivity. The 34-year-old Pau is under contract for only these next two seasons, and I’m not sure the sustainability of his production continues for many more years. Depth comes and goes frequently as players who succeed want bigger roles, more money, all of the things that keep them hard to retain. Not to mention teams get better as free agents hit the market and such.

Management never wants to make a splash, so Jimmy Butler’s future really is in question. Derrick is the key and everyone knows it. I’m not as worried as everyone seems to be. It’s November. But he needs to be healthy for the latter stretch of the season if the Bulls are to have championship aspirations. The second option has finally arrived. Along with bench mob 3.0 so to speak. This is the year for the Bulls, it’s time to bring number 7 to the windy city.