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!
Many of the world’s best athletes are active on Instagram. It’s a great way for athletes to connect with their fans off the field. And for these 12, game-day skills translate into social dominance. These are the top 12 athletes that you NEED to follow on Instagram.
Stephen Curry @stephencurry30 | 7.5m followers
With by far the largest following on this list, there’s no reason not to follow the reigning NBA MVP and defending champ. Between going behind the scenes of Steph’s life and watching the dubsmashes with his wife, there are very few on his level.
Russell Westbrook @russwest44 | 3.4m followers
As one of the best-dressed athletes on the planet, Russ needs to be on this list. Whether he’s showing off his latest look, sharing his charity work, or gushing about his wife, this man is one of best athlete Instagrammers out there.
Serena Williams @serenawilliams | 2.7m followers
A force on the court, a fashion icon off it. If you want a look into the life of one of the most dominant athletes who’s ever lived, this is it.
James Harden @jharden13 | 2.6m followers
James’ account is loaded with celebrity and athlete encounters. He truly lives the life of a superstar baller. Who doesn’t want to stay up to date with that?
Nick Young @swaggyp1 | 2m followers
He’s a fashion icon and a family man who regularly posts about his son and his girl Iggy Azalea. Swaggy P is all about standing out and showing your true personality. We believe in self-expression, so naturally, we believe in Swaggy P.
JJ loves his fans, and he lets them know it. This is who you should be following if want to be inspired to be the best you can be, on and off the field.
Sydney Leroux @sydneyleroux | 926k followers
On the field, she’s a relentless forward that terrorizes defenders. Off it, she’s a fan favorite because of her inside looks at the USWNT, her dog Boss (who has his own Instagram account), her soccer star husband Dom Dwyer, and some of the funniest captions in the business.
Skylar Diggins @skydigg4 | 921k followers
Her feed has the perfect combo of grit, glam, and fam. From training vids and foodie pics to stylish selfies and updates on her basketball camp, Skylar is a must-have on your follow list.
Allyson Felix @af85 | 276k followers
She’s a true champion and her feed shows you why. Allyson’s training vids show the incredible work ethic it takes to be one of the best. Plus, you get a peek at her life off the track, including all the amazing places she travels to.
Elena Delle Donne @de11edonne | 184k followers
As the 2015 WNBA MVP, Elena knows how to balance fun with work. Her feed is a perfect representation of the balance it takes to be the league’s best.
Jordan Burroughs @alliseeisgold | 180k followers
Jordan is unstoppable on the mat and unbeatable on Instagram. If you follow him, you’ll see everything from training videos and inspirational messages to pics with his son Beacon (who also has his own account) and posts about baby number two that’s on the way. Like it says in his bio, “You are now watching history in the making.”
Following MG3 gives you a unique look into the life of a rising star in the NFL. As a first-round running back, Melvin has a lot of pressure to be great, but he keeps his feed lighthearted and doesn’t let the pressure get to him. He’s got the style and swagger of a top athlete Instagrammer.
The other must-follow account? Eastbay’s, of course. Follow @officialeastbay for the latest releases and a behind-the-scenes look at how to gain an edge in sports and life.
words // Brandon Richard
After spending most of last season wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook finished off the season as one of the players that debuted the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011. Westbrook wore different PE colorways for home and away games, but an all-new look made for him to wear this season has just landed at Eastbay.
Clearly inspired by the team colors of the Thunder, Westbrook’s PE is dressed mostly in Photo Blue, with Team Orange running along the midsole and Phylon wrap. The two colors team up for a camouflage print on the upper portion of the tongue and inner lining, while a translucent rubber outsole completes the look below.
Dirk Nowitkzi scores 40 to lead the Mavs to 3-1 lead.
words // Nick Engvall
Down by 15 points with about 5 minutes to go, it looked as if the Thunder were on their way to evening up the series. However, Dirk Nowitzki took over, and the Dallas defense tightened up, to push the game into overtime. Nowitzki scored 10 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter comeback. In overtime, it was an unexpected hero, Jason Kidd who knocked down a 3-pointer, the biggest bucket of the night, and really the turning point of the momentum in overtime.
For Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant came out on fire. He finished the game with 29 points and 15 rebounds but in overtime, he missed a crucial 3-point opportunity. Russell Westbrook finished with 19 points and 8 assists, while Serge Ibaka contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds of his own.
The series will head back to Dallas for game 6 with the Mavericks just one win away from making the NBA Finals for just the second time in franchise history. In 2006, Dallas lost to the Miami Heat 4 games to 2.
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Nate Robinson, the best player that never plays, wearing the Jordan Retro 2.
Kevin Durant and teammates wearing the Nike Zoom KD III.
Another look at Durant’s “Scoring Title” KD III in the home colorway.
Russell Westbrook with a monster dunk in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.
Jason Kidd controls the ball wearing Peak sneakers.
Brendan Haywood in the Zoom Hyperfuse, shoots over Kendrick Perkins in the adidas Pro Model.
Jason Terry shoots a jumper in the Reebok Zig Slash.
J.J. Barea in the Converse Star Player EVO Low.
Dirk Nowitzki continues to be near unstoppable in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.
A tough loss for Kevin Durant and the Thunder.
It’s only five weeks into the season, and there is already a repeat winner for my Eastbay Player of the Week selection this week.
Russell Westbrook’s 38-point, 15-board, 9-assist game, in a triple overtime victory against the Nets, could have possibly won the award on its own. In the win, he set a team record for 21 of those points coming in overtime, including all 12 of the Thunder’s points in the decisive third extra period. Add in another double-double in a defeat of the Warriors, and that adds up to quite a week, once again, for Westbrook.
How many wins can he make it this season?
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder – Eastbay Player of the Week
Russell Westbrook steals the ball wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.