NBA All-Star picks: Selecting all 24 players for the 2022 rosters

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Our NBA All-Star predictions 2022 are finally ready. Half of the season is already on the books, so we can already tell who’s deserving of a spot, and more importantly: Who’s going to get snubbed.

NBA All-Star predictions 2022

The All-Star Game is for the fans and, even though all proceeds go to charity, we know it’s all for the show, so don’t take it so seriously. There’s no defense whatsoever, and that’s why most NBA All-Star candidates will be offensive-oriented players once again.

Some like it, some not, but that’s just the way it is. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most likely guys to clinch a spot in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game. Buckle up!

Western Conference All-Star picks

Starters: Stephen Curry, Ja Morant, Paul George, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic

Luka Doncic (G)

Ja Morant has been so spectacular this season that he’s even taken down Luka Doncic in the NBA All-Star voting in 2022.

But there’s no way the coaches are going to snub a worldwide sensation averaging 25.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game. He’s tailor-made for this game with his crafty passes and is one of the league’s finest entertainers.

Devin Booker (G)

Devin Booker has the ‘small market team curse’. He’s one of the best scorers in the NBA and should be a perennial name among NBA All-Star candidates, yet he’s often an afterthought or an injury replacement.

He’s coming off a trip to the NBA Finals and has been the best player on the best team in the league, averaging 24.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.6 three-pointers per game. If that’s not All-Star-worthy…


Chris Paul (G)

Chris Paul‘s numbers aren’t exactly tantalizing, yet you don’t have to be a basketball connoisseur to know that he’s an All-Star.

No one controls the pace and rhythm of the game the way he does and he doesn’t need to score a lot of points to make an impact. He’s the biggest reason behind the Phoenix Suns‘ turnaround and continues to shine with averages of 14.4 points, 10.2 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.

Donovan Mitchell (G)

Just like with Devin Booker, it’s time we finally start giving Donovan Mitchell his flowers. He continues to blossom as a dominant scorer and has also made great strides in the defensive end.

You can tell Dwyane Wade has picked on his brain since buying a stake in the Utah Jazz, as the resemblances on their games are more obvious by the day. Throughout the season, Mitchell has put his name in the MVP conversation with averages of 25.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game.

Rudy Gobert (C)

Rudy Gobert is the guy everybody loves to hate, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a huge star.

He’s the best rim protector in the league, and even though rival big men are often extra motivated to dominate him, he’s still the anchor in one of the best defenses in the league. His game may not be flashy but his averages of 16.0 points, 15.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game are deserving of a spot in the All-Star Game.

Draymond Green (F/C)

There’s never been a player like Draymond Green. He’s a point guard trapped in a power forward’s body, a guy with such a high basketball IQ that we often take him for granted.

His playmaking skills allow Stephen Curry to find open shots night in and night out. His ability to guard one through five makes him the jack of all trades, and he’s the heart and soul of the Golden State Warriors. Averaging 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game, he’s the only ‘triple-single’ player who could make an All-Star roster.

Karl-Anthony Towns (C)

Even though no one seems to be talking about him anymore, Karl-Anthony Towns should once again feature in NBA All-Star predictions.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been a pleasant surprise this season and Towns is the guy to credit for that. He’s averaging 24.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.2 triples per game, calling himself the greatest shooting big of all time.

Eastern Conference All-Star picks

Starters: Trae Young, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid

Zach LaVine (G)

DeMar DeRozan‘s presence didn’t hurt Zach LaVine‘s numbers the slightest. If anything, it has helped him reach new heights in his game and turn the Chicago Bulls into a legit championship contender.

In all reality, he should be a starter over Trae Young but he’s not likely to get enough votes to top the Atlanta Hawks‘ star. Thus far, LaVine is averaging 24.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.

James Harden (G)

James Harden‘s season got off to a slow start but he’s always been a regular name in NBA All-Star predictions in 2022.

The Brooklyn Nets have ranked near the top of the Eastern Conference for most of the year and Harden has turned the corner over the past couple of months. He’s averaging 22.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 10.1 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers per game and those numbers should only trend up.

Bradley Beal (G)

Bradley Beal‘s Washington Wizards have fared much better than expected this season. And, while the improved supporting cast should get a lot of credit, Beal continues to be the undisputed leader of his team.

He’s averaging 23.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game and has shut down all trade rumors once again, leading the Wizards to playoff contention.

Darius Garland (G)

Darius Garland should be the frontrunner to win Most Improved Player right now.

He’s been on a roll since the start of the season and has kept the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ offense afloat even without Collin Sexton. The up-and-coming Cavaliers have been a treat to watch and his averages of 19.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.5 triples per game are All-Star-worthy for sure.

Jimmy Butler (F)

Even despite the injuries, Jimmy Butler is a lock to make the All-Star Game. He’s the leader of a tough, physical team that scrapes their way to a win, and the Miami Heat look like the kind of team which could knock down a contender any given night.

Once again, Butler has been one of the best two-way players in the world with averages of 21.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.

Jayson Tatum (F)

Jayson Tatum has drawn a lot of criticism lately. Some claim that he doesn’t care about winning and is only focused on putting up big numbers.

While we don’t agree with that statement, the Boston Celtics‘ season hasn’t helped his case to be a starter in the All-Star Game this season. Even so, you can’t ignore his averages of 25.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game.

Domantas Sabonis (F/C)

The Indiana Pacers have been terrible all year long but Domantas Sabonis shouldn’t be to blame for that. He’s averaging 19.0 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.0 steals per game despite having little-to-no help.

Sabonis isn’t likely to finish the season with the Pacers as there’s plenty of interest around him in the league and for very good reason, but the coaches won’t punish him just because his team is a bottom-feeder.

Biggest All-Star snubs 2022

And, as per usual, we expect deserving players to get snubbed, either because they play for small-market teams or simply because we can’t fit all of them on a roster.

Given how they’ve performed this season, we expect these to be the biggest snubs of the year among all NBA All-Star candidates:

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