Eastbay Athletes In The All-Star Game

Eastbay Athletes In The All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game is one of the greatest showcases in the sports world. The game’s best athletes put on a jaw-dropping show that includes a 3-point barrage, incredible passes, and huge dunks. Eastbay athletes strive to reach the big stage, and ten of our cover athletes were selected to participate in this year’s All-Star Game. Here’s a closer look:

LeBron James

King James is no stranger to the All-Star Game as he will be making his 13th straight appearance in the game and has been the game’s MVP twice.  James earned his place in this year’s game with nearly 26 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds per game.

Kyrie Irving

LeBron will be joined by his Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving, who is making his fourth All-Star Game appearance. Irving’s play jumped to another level during last year’s playoffs, and he’s picked up right where he left off this season with 24 points, six assists and three rebounds per game this season.

Stephen Curry

Golden State’s roster is more stacked than ever, but Stephen Curry’s play continues to amaze fans and opponents alike. As a key part in a deadly offense, Curry is averaging nearly 25 points, six assists, and four rebounds per game for the league’s top team.

Kevin Durant

Golden State’s newest Warrior has had no problem adjusting to his new team this season. Adding a whole new dimension to the Warrior’s offensive attack, KD’s averaging almost 26 points, eight rebounds, and five assists per contest.

Draymond Green

Draymond’s stats aren’t as gaudy as some other superstars, but he’s the glue that holds together one the league’s marquee teams. Green does a little bit of everything for the Warriors with 10 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and one-and-a-half blocks per game.

James Harden

Harden has exploded this season after taking over the point guard role for one of the league’s most improved teams. Harden’s always been a scoring threat, but in his new role his assist numbers are even more impressive. The MVP candidate is averaging 29 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds per contest.

Russell Westbrook

Mr. Triple Double has had one of the best seasons in NBA history so far with 31 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds per game. Russ has been on a tear all season and after being snubbed a starting spot in the All-Star Game, it’s likely that he’ll make some noise off the bench this weekend.

Paul George

Nike’s newest signature athlete is having another strong season for Indiana with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. Getting your first signature shoe and your fourth All-Star appearance in the same season? Not bad, PG.

Anthony Davis

The Brow is having another monster year. Arguably the game’s best big man, AD is averaging nearly 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. It’s his fourth straight All-Star Game appearance, and at only 23 years old, he’ll likely be playing in this game for the next decade or so.

John Wall

John Wall will appear in his fourth straight All-Star Game this weekend. The point guard is putting up nearly 23 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds per game for one of the Eastern Conference’s best team. Wall’s flashy style of play is perfect for the All-Star Game, so expect some highlights from the former Wildcat.

Congrats to all of our cover athletes and good luck in the All-Star Game! Who do you have winning MVP honors this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

Eastbay’s 2015-2016 Basketball All-Stars

Eastbay’s 2015-2016 Basketball All-Stars

Eastbay's NBA All-Stars

This year’s 65th NBA All-Star teams have been announced, and we’re happy to have ten Eastbay athletes heading to Toronto for the game. Eastbay is for the dedicated, the driven, and the focused — it’s why athletes dream of being on our cover. The following athletes are a testament to the goals and values of Eastbay, and without further ado, our 2015-2016 NBA All-Stars:

STEPHEN CURRY (PG) – GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

What’s there to say about Curry that hasn’t already been said? Last year’s MVP also won 2015’s 3-point contest with a record 27 points. While trying to defend that title this year, Curry will try to add a new piece of hardware that he’s never had: All-Star Game MVP.

DRAYMOND GREEN (F) – GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Draymond, one of three Warriors on this year’s crew, wasn’t necessarily surprised by being named an All-Star, but he was certainly caught off guard with how he found out. We were impressed he was able to hold back tears. Moms, man…

PAUL GEORGE (SG) – INDIANA PACERS

Despite a not-so-great supporting cast and coming off of an ACL tear, PG is carrying the (currently in 8th) Pacers into the playoffs. When times are tough, PG gets tougher. He’s made the All-Star team every season since 2013, with the exception of last year due to his season-long injury.

LEBRON JAMES (F) – CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Despite all the noise, the pressure, and the off-court distractions, LeBron James has been a cool customer this season (he’s averaging nearly identical numbers to last year). As the Cavs struggle to mesh, they at least know their identity: LBJ. And he’ll carry that competitive dedication into the All-Star game. You can count on that.

JAMES HARDEN (G) – HOUSTON ROCKETS

The bearded baron has been a scoring machine this season, averaging 27.5 points per game and nearly 7 assists. He’s ready for any challenge, and his fearlessness has allowed him to sink some ludicrous game winners. Often overshadowed by Stephen Curry (who isn’t?), he still has the filthiest step-back in all of basketball. This will be his fourth straight All-Star appearance.

ANTHONY DAVIS (C) – NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

Loud, proud, and uni-browed, Anthony Davis is making his third straight All-Star appearance, averaging 22 points and 10 boards per game. Though he’s struggled with injuries, Davis is playing like an All-Star, and deserves his spot on the squad.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK (G) – OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Last year’s All-Star Game MVP stays hungry, and will probably try to repeat his ridiculous 41 point performance, which helped break the record for most total points scored in an All-Star game. Though it will be tough to repeat a night like that — just look at where he was pulling up from!

KEVIN DURANT (G/F) – OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

With seven straight appearances, KD is a permanent fixture on All-Star weekend. It’s crazy to think that two stars as big and bright as Russ and KD can share not only the same sky, but also the same court. Grab your telescopes and watch as the 2012 All-Star Game MVP tries to regain his former title from his fellow teammate.

CHRIS PAUL (PG) – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

In 2013, Chris Paul led the West with 20 points and 15 assists to earn the All-Star MVP Award. He has nearly the same regular season numbers this year as he did that year, so is it destiny for him to regain his past All-Star Weekend glory? This will be Chris Paul’s ninth overall All-Star appearance.

KOBE BRYANT (SG) – LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Eighteen straight All-Star Game appearances. Eighteen straight. No matter how many times you say it, that accomplishment is hard to fathom. Though some may question this bid, it’s an incredible nod to his career achievements, fierce competitiveness, and his endearing presence in the game of basketball. Hats off to Kobe for a tremendous accomplishment.

Tell us in the comments below who you think will win the dunk contest, 3-point contest, and All-Star Game MVP!

Nike Signs #1 Overall Pick Anthony Davis

Nike Signs #1 Overall Pick Anthony Davis

Nike Signs Anthony Davis

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According to reports from various news outlets, Nike has signed New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis to a multi-year endorsement deal. As of now, the exact terms of the agreement are undisclosed.

Davis suited up in the Swoosh at Chicago’s Perspectives Charter, and again during his championship campaign at the University of Kentucky, before taking the floor in the Lunar Hyperdunk for Team USA this summer. He was the top pick in June’s NBA Draft, coming off a college season in which he was named National Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Don’t expect to see signature footwear anytime soon, but it’s safe to assume Nike and Davis will work together on some merchandise that pokes fun at his famous unibrow. Davis and his people reportedly applied to trademark the terms “Fear the Brow” and “Raise the Brow” back in June.

Nike also signed second overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Bobcats back in May.

Anthony Davis wearing Nike LeBron 8

Anthony Davis wearing Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011

Anthony Davis wearing Nike Lunar Hyperdunk USA

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