With LeBron James on the other side of the country, the Eastern Conference is wide open. Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics are all competing to make the NBA Finals and there is little to pick between the East’s top four.
With the All-Star game a mere couple of weeks away, it is important to reflect on the players chosen for the line-up and how they got there.
The NBA All-Star starters were announced on Thursday. Despite the draft format being introduced last season, teams are still selected based on conference, as shown below.
Consider this scenario: the season ends today, on 12th January 2019, who would the postseason awards be distributed to in this case? For the majority of these awards there is often a clear-cut winner (we’re looking at you, Luka Doncic), but when it comes to the MVP award, two names spring to mind: James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Ben Simmons is the reigning Rookie of the Year and a probable All-Star. He attempted a rare pair of jump shots on New Year's Day.
Milwaukee have joined the three-point revolution to become a real threat.
Will anyone be able to stop Giannis in this post-LeBron world?