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!