All Star 2016 Starters Announced: Kobe Bryant Heads West

All Star 2016 Starters Announced: Kobe Bryant Heads West
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The official list of All Star 2016 Starters have just been announced with Kobe Bryant and Lebron James headlining the Eastern and Western Conference respectively.

Being voted as one of the Western Conference’s All Star 2016 Starters is just another accomplishment for Kobe Bryant’s storied career. The LA Lakers guard received 1.9 million votes to clinch one of the starting front-court positions. As his final All-Star game, it’s already shaping up to be one of the best in years.

Kobe will be joined by Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant at the frontcourt positions. Stephen Curry and Russel Westbrook round up the backcourt for the West’s starting five. For the East, it’s Lebron James, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony starting at the frontcourt positions. Finally, Dwayne Wade and Kyle Lowry complete the cast as the backcourt starters.

Western Conference All Star 2016 Starters.

Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe’s numbers this season certainly aren’t All-Star worthy. He’s only averaging 16.3 points, 4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. He’s had some throwback moments but not enough to give the Lakers a winning record.

However, being voted as an All-Star Starter isn’t necessarily about your stats. For all the years that he has devoted to the game, I think Kobe deserves to headline the last All-Star game of his career.

Kawhi Leonard – San Antonion Spurs.

If there was one player who deserves to be in the All-Star game it would have to be the Kawhi Leonard. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is having a breakout season with the Spurs. He’s averaging an impressive 20.1 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.

In addition to being the Spurs’ focal point on offense, he’s also had the unenviable task of guarding the opposing team’s best players. His average of 2 steals and .9 blocks per game belie the work he’s done at limiting guys like Lebron James, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony.

Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder.

After dealing with injuries for the past two seasons, Kevin Durant is finally healthy. He’s leading a potent Oklahoma City Thunder offense with averages of 26.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. Thanks to him, the Thunder are poised to be back in the playoffs again this year.

Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant’s backcourt mate for the Thunder continues his outstanding play this year. His scoring average is actually down from last year but that’s because Durant wasn’t around during that time. He’s averaging close to a double-double with 24 points, 9.8 assists, and 7.1 rebounds per game. He’s certainly one of the most prolific and explosive point guards in the league today.

Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors.

The All-Star Game won’t be complete without the league’s reigning MVP. Stephen Curry’s 29.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.5 assists averages have the Warriors at 39-4 this season. They’re also on track to win 70+ games thanks to his stellar and consistent play.

Eastern Conference All Star 2016 Starters.

Lebron James – Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lebron James hasn’t really had the best season of his career thus far. The Cavs are first in the East but have faltered against the West’s best (the Spurs and Warriors). That hasn’t stopped fans from voting him in as one of the East’s All-Star 2016 Starters though.

People watching the All-Star game will undoubtedly want to see him matched up with Kobe Bryant. The two have had one of the most competitive rivalries in the annual event. It would be interesting to see them guarding each other on All-Star weekend for possibly the last time.

Paul George – Indiana Pacers.

It wasn’t long ago when everyone thought that Paul George would never be the same player again. This was after he suffered that gruesome injury during a Team USA scrimmage. Now though, George is beginning to prove his doubters wrong.

The versatile forward is currently averaging 23.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4 assists for Indiana. What’s even more impressive is the fact that the Pacers are back to playoff contention thanks to his outstanding play.

Carmelo Anthony – New York Knicks.

Like Paul George, Anthony is also experiencing a resurgence after missing most of last season thanks to injuries. He is now the first player since Patrick Ewing to make five straight All-Star Game appearances for the Knicks. His scoring has gone down this season but his his rebounds (7.6) and assists (4) have increased compared to his career averages.

Dwayne Wade – Miami Heat.

He might not be as explosive as he once was but Dwayne Wade is still very effective. His minutes per game have decreased over the years due to injuries over the years. However, he’s still averaging 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game for the season.

It will be the twelfth time for Wade to be included in the All-Star Games. He joins fellow All Star 2016 starters Lebron James and Kobe Bryant as the only current players to have 12 or more selections.

Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors.

The Toronto Raptors have the second best record in the East and it’s all thanks to Kyle Lowry. He’s leading the Raptors in scoring at 20.9 points while averaging 5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Other than Lebron James, he’s currently the only player in the East to average at least 20 points, 5, rebounds, and 5 assists this season.


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