It’s official. DeMar DeRozan has been voted into the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 19. Get fired up.
DeRozan was chosen to represent the Eastern Conference All-Stars as a starter, with Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo joining him. Besides James, none of the four players have been All-Star starters before.
In the Western Conference, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis all got voted in as starters. The noticeable absence there is MVP frontrunner Russell Westbrook, who will very likely come off the bench in the exhibition contest. Don’t make Russ mad, though. You won’t like him when he’s mad.
The announcement marks the third time DeRozan has played in the exhibition contest, having been there in 2014 and 2016.
DeRozan is averaging 28.2 points per game, good for fifth-best in the Association. There were some concerns about the shooting guard’s motivation to perform after signing a five-year, $139 million contract with the Dinos, but it’s looking like money well spent right now.
If you’re questioning any of the choices, remember that the results aren’t strictly performance-based. The NBA’s decision to leave a portion of All-Star voting up to Twitter has angered many, but at least it doesn’t have a strict impact on the championship game like the MLB’s long-standing decision to give home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins the All-Star Game. That’s just stupid.
The main question now for Raps fans will be the status of point guard Kyle Lowry. The reserves for the East and West All-Star teams will be selected by coaches and announced on January 26.
What do you think of the results? Should Lowry be starting? Have your say in the comments.