Joel Embiid Should be Considered an MVP Candidate
It is only January and a lot of people are talking about either James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the MVP, but what about Joel Embiid?
The NBA All-Star Game will be in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday February 17, 2019. Each conference will have 12 All-Stars, but it will not feature East vs West. The two captains for the All-Star Game will be the leader in votes for each conference. They will pick the teams for the All-Star Game.
Another round of NBA All-Star Voting was released yesterday. Here is the updated voting: West Frontcourt: 1. Lebron James (LAL) 2,779,812 votes, 2. Luka Doncic (DAL) 2,220,077 votes, 3. Paul George (OKC) 1,859,216 votes, 4. Kevin Durant (GSW) 1,717,968 votes, 5. Anthony Davis (NO) 1,584,347 votes, 6. Steven Adams (OKC) 1,034,014 votes, 7. Nikola Jokic (DEN) 740,918 votes, 8. Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 584,842 votes, 9. Draymond Green (GSW) 411,131 votes, and 10. DeMarcus Cousins (GSW) 276,849 votes.
West Backcourt: 1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 2,094,158 votes, 2. Derrick Rose (MIN) 1,988,840 votes, 3. James Harden (HOU) 1,674,660 votes, 4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 1,494,382 votes, 5. Klay Thompson (GSW) 706,960 votes, 6. Damian Lillard (POR) 610,839 votes, 7. DeMar DeRozan (SAS) 594,012 votes, 8. Lonzo Ball (LAL) 529,164 votes, 9. Devin Booker (PHX) 310,944 votes, and 10. Chris Paul (HOU) 306,808 votes.
East Frontcourt: 1. Giannis Antentokounmpo (MIL) 2,670,816 votes, 2. Kawhi Leonard (TOR) 2,092,806 votes, 3. Joel Embiid (PHI) 1,710,229 votes, 4. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 599,289 votes, 5. Jimmy Butler (PHI) 569,354 votes, 6. Blake Griffin (DET) 500,072 votes, 7. Vince Carter (ATL) 273,719 votes, 8. Gordon Hayward (BOS) 237,813 votes, 9. Pascal Siakam (TOR) 206,290 votes, and 10. Al Horford (BOS) 199,474 votes.
East Backcourt: 1. Kyrie Irving (BOS) 2,381,901 votes, 2. Dwayne Wade (MIA) 1,199,789 votes, 3. Kemba Walker (CHA) 858,798 votes, 4. Ben Simmons (PHI) 695,032 votes, 5. Victor Oladipo (IND) 567,893 votes, 6. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 488,825 votes, 7. Zach LaVine (CHI) 330,504 votes, 8. Jeremy Lin (ATL) 200,648 votes, 9. Goran Dragic (MIA) 191,541 votes, and 10. Bradley Beal (WSH) 168,137 votes.
I think Lebron James, Luka Doncic, Paul George, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Steven Adams, Nikola Jokic, Steph Curry, Derrick Rose, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Klay Thompson will be in the All-Star Game from the Western Conference.
I think Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving, Dwayne Wade, Kemba Walker, Ben Simmons, Victor Oladipo, and Kyle Lowry will be in the All-Star Game from the Western Conference.
Kyle Kuzma, Damian Lillard, and DeMar DeRozan will be noticeable snubs in the west. The only snub in the east will be Bradley Beal.