Spotlight in Orlando for the NBA All-Star Game. LeBron James and Dwayne Wade team up with MVP Derrick Rose and Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard. The starting lineup is rounded out by Carmelo Anthony, one of the best players in the clutch.
They will clash with my midseason MVP Kevin Durant. The other four starters reside in the City of Angels. Andrew Bynum will represent the Lake Show with the one and only Kobe Bryant. Lob City will be in full throttle with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin starting for the West.
Coach Scott Brooks will work with Russell Westbrook off the bench for one night. Veteran point guards Steve Nash and Tony Parker also in the backcourt. Not to mention the size with Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Love, winner of the 3-point shootout. On the inside, Marc Gasol and LeMarcus Aldridge complete the West.
Rolling in the deep is the East with defensive Coach Tom Thibodeau. Three elite defenders, Rajon Rondo, Luol Deng, and Andre Iguodala will come off the bench. Firepower with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Paul Pierce. The big men are Chris Bosh and Roy Hibbert.
If the East chose to play defense, they could pull away for bragging rights. This is the All Star Game which means talent will be all over the floor, but the East has more well-rounded players that takeover on both sides of the court. I love the East to win and for fun, let’s go with a 130-118 prediction. As far as the All Star MVP is concerned: Last year Kobe won in L.A. and Wade got it the year before in Dallas. I think LeBron James will get this one. The guy is having a remarkable season and is arguably the front-runner for MVP. James fills in every box on the stat sheet and this is the perfect game for that.