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Players Ready to Become An All-Star in 2017

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As the young prospects in the NBA continue to develop more and more, while the veterans and future hall of famers get older and older; we will soon see a new look in the NBA and watch some of these young guys turn into stars. It took Stephen Curry 5 years to become an All-Star, LeBron James took 2 years to become an All-Star, while Blake Griffin and his airness, Michael Jordan only needed their rookie year to prove they’re All-Stars. There were 4 first time All-Stars who made the All-Star game last season, and with a lot stirring up for this upcoming NBA season, which NBA players are bound to have their first All-Star game appearance this year?

 

Hassan Whiteside

Photo From SI

Photo From SI

The leader in Blocks Per Game last season (3.7 BPG) has every reason to have the best season of his career so far. With the departure of Dwyane Wade this offseason, the Miami Heat will be looking for someone to step up and take charge. Whiteside has managed to improve every season since becoming a member of the Miami Heat, as long as he continues to contribute and make the Heat better, his production should keep on rising and make it inevitable for him to become an Eastern Conference All-Star this season.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Photo From Sporting News

Photo From Sporting News

Becoming one of the top Centers in the NBA in his rookie year, Karl-Anthony Towns has already locked himself into the All-Star game for the next couple years. Towns put up amazing rookie numbers last year averaging a double-double with 18.3 PPG and 10.5 RPG. The only difficult part about Towns becoming an All-Star is all of the huge talent in the West. As long as Towns can produce even more ridiculous numbers and translate some of those performances into wins, he may even find himself being voted in as an All-Star starter. The fan voters seem to have a strong disliking for Demarcus Cousins and now that Kevin Durant is a member of the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green might have a lack of production that won’t translate into an All-Star caliber year. The odds are starting to look like they’re in Towns’s favor, this could be a very fun year for Minnesota Timberwolves fans.

Gordon Hayward

Photo From Bleacher Report

Photo From Bleacher Report

For the past two seasons we’ve seen some great ball from Gordon Hayward. The success of the Utah Jazz on the other hand hasn’t been as great. Utah almost snuck their way into the playoffs last year until the Rockets won their last game eliminating them from contention and not to mention, 37 year-old Kobe Bryant put on a show to make the Jazz look like a bunch of fools in their last game of the season. This season should be fairly different for Utah and Hayward, the Jazz made a couple of moves to make their roster a little stronger with a solid starting guard in George Hill and they managed to add on a huge bench contributor in Boris Diaw. Gordon Hayward has been shining for the Jazz, averaging at least 19 PPG each of the past two seasons. Assuming Hayward keeps up the pace and works on being a little more efficient by improving his consistency behind the arc (.349 3FG%), he has a strong chance at making his first crack at the All-Star game. It won’t be easy, considering the company he’ll be in and the guys he’ll have to beat out in the West; but if the Jazz can be tougher than just an 8 or 9 seed this year, Gordon Hayward’s All-Star chances could potentially raise up in February.

Kristaps Porzingis

Photo From Business Insider

Photo From Business Insider

By far, one of the most loved players in the league today, even after being boo’d on draft day. Kristaps Porzingis fantastic ability as a 7’3 guy that can knock down the 3 is getting the young 20 year old a lot of love from all over the globe. Porzingis had a very solid rookie season (14.3 PPG – 7.3 RPG) that was outshined by Rookie of The Year Karl-Anthony Towns, but Porzingis not receiving the ROTY award didn’t knock down any of his popularity. Porzingis finished the 2016 All-Star game voting in 9th place for the Eastern Conference Frontcourt. It’s difficult to tell if Porzingis will have a huge year with his new teammates Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah, but all that won’t matter as long as the fans are entertained by his antics over the course of the season. Yao Ming was voted into the All-Star game one year that he only played 5 games, it can go to show you how big of an impact one player can have by just having his name on the voting ballot alone. If Kristaps Porzingis can get anywhere near that type of international hype, we might see this young guy all over the All-Star game for the next few years.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Photo From Clutch Points

Photo From Clutch Points

Being moved to the starting point guard position at 7 feet tall is already going to give Antetokounmpo a big enough name for himself, as if getting 5 triple-doubles last year wasn’t enough. The Greek Freak has become a sensation in the NBA and has only gotten bigger and better each year. Considering the fact that he’s playing in the East, where it is a lot more unpredictable which guards will be in the All-Star game, Giannis may have a huge season at his new position and take the league by storm. The Milwaukee Bucks are a very young team, with Antetokounmpo having options such as Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker, the Greek Freak’s assist total will continue to rise up now that he’s the designated point guard for this Jason Kidd ran team. Given all the opportunity that the Greek Freak has now as the leader of this offense, it shouldn’t be too hard for him to shine above other potential Eastern All-Star guards such as Kemba Walker, Reggie Jackson or Jeff Teague.

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About Juwan M. Davis

Editor/Writer for NBALEAD. Born and raised in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Living in Los Angeles. Minnesota Timberwolves fan. Twitter: @JuwanMalikDavis

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