The 2015 NBA all star game will be held in New York City this year and the complete roster of the all star team had just been announced last night on NBA on TNT! Each conferences, the West and the East, will be represented by 12 most talented players in the world. But this got me thinking…..
What if the Rio 2016 Olympics were to start today? Which of these 24 talented players would make the team? But more importantly, who deserves to start? The NBA is currently stacked with talent, but if we were to assemble a dream team to represent our nation today, here is who I would have to go with:
Point Guard: Stephen Curry
2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 23.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.2 blocks, 26.9 PER
The array of all star caliber point guards is arguably the deepest that it has ever been. From players such as Mike Conley, Damien Lillard, Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, or Kyle Lowry, the list continues…. But the point guard that has been the most outstanding so far this year is non other than Stephen Curry. Currently has his team on top of the NBA with the best record in the league. The MVP candidate has an exhilarating hall handle that to go along with one of the smoothest shooting strokes in the game. His scoring can sometimes outshine his underrated court vision. Averaging 23 points and 8 assists a game and holding his team with the best record in the NBA to go on top of that makes him the top point guard in the game.
Shooting Guard: James Harden
2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 27.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.9 steals, 1.0 blocks, 26.3 PER
With the likes of Kobe Bryant and Dwayne aging, the “Beard: has emerged as the most prolific scorer in the NBA. His ability to size people up to either get into the paint at will or pull up from three or mid range shows his offensive versatility. The current leading scorer in the NBA has his team third in the powerful Western Conference and has his name in the conversation for MVP.
Small Forward: LeBron James
2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 25.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks, 24.9 PER
Without a doubt the best player in the world right now. He is called King James for a reason. The man can do it all.
Power Forward: Anthony Davis
2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.8 blocks, 31.2 PER
The 21 year old phenom has tons of talent and has unlimited potential. He is like a point guard in a big man’s body. He can score from in and out, rack up assists and steals, as well as piling up blocks and rebounds. His game excels on both ends of the floor and it is hard to actually find a flaw in his game. Considering his young age, it is indeed scary to think of what he can become. His incredibly long wing span allows him to succeed in rebounding, blocking, stealing, and defense as a whole
Center: Demarcus Cousins
2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 23.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.5 blocks, 26.5 PER
Numbers never lie. Cousins is one of the most versatile big men in the game that can also dominate on both ends of the court. Having his best season of his career, he was selected to his first all star game this year. His powerful physique enables him to just bully opponents in the paint.