All-Star Reserve Predictions

WATCH: NBA Rundown, Ep. 9: All-Star Reserve Predictions, Miami Heat

by Kent Jackson, Respect My Blog

WATCH: NBA Rundown, Ep. 9: All-Star Reserve Predictions, Miami Heat + More!

Welcome to the NBA rundown, where I discuss the ins, the outs, the ups and downs in the Association. We’ve entered the unofficial half way point of the season, and things are just heating up. There are couple of teams that needs to make a move before the trade deadline to make a run in the playoffs. In the 9th episode I will make my predictions for NBA All-Star reserves for each conference, talk about currently the hottest team in the league and former 2nd round pick in Spencer Dinwiddie making the most of his opportunities. Let’s Get it!


Feeling the Heat (Miami Heat)

Things are really heating up in South Beach. For the second season in a row, the Heat started out slow and it looked like the fire from last year’s run had extinguish. But also like last year, the used a strong run in January to turn things around. The Miami Heat are 8-2 in the month which is tied with the Golden State Warriors for the best record since the start of the new year. This team went from out of the playoff picture at 11-13 to fourth in the east with a 27-19 record. The entire culture of the organization is built around around the notion of never giving in, from Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra and down to the players. They are a no excuse team. It seems that almost every player has a chip on their shoulders. The Heat have to be one of the deepest teams in the league, because despite all of the injuries during this season, They have still been able to play better than expected. Goran Dragic has played up to his capabilities this season as he has been named twice the Eastern Conference player of the week and should have a chance to hear his named called this week as a East reserve.  Wayne Ellingon has been a marksman from 3 point range, he is tied for ninth in league with 7 attempts a night and only Paul George, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson shoot better than Ellington 41 percent. The Heat have a team full of tough and scrappy players that always give 110% effort every night. Whiteside has missed a number of games this season, and to be honest, they have been just as good with him off the court as on the on court. But the injury could be the reason why Whiteside hasn’t played up to his potential. But against the Bucks, Whiteside showed why the Heat gave him a hundred million dollar contract. Whiteside had 27 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks and as dominate as ever. But injuries could be the Heat’s downfall. Dion Waiters is already out for the season with an ankle injury and also backup guard Tyler Johnson is also out with his ankle injury. But Miami Heat have proved naysayers wrong everytime it looks like they have no chance, maybe they’ll do it again and be a team to reach the 2nd round in the playoffs.

 

Spencer Dinwiddie Making a name for himself 

Going from possible one of many forgotten players to one of the most clutch players this season. Spencer Dinwiddie has fought tooth and nail to be in the position he is right now. A current NBA starter. Spencer was the Pistons 38th pick in 2014 NBA Draft. He was looked at as a first round pick but fell to the second round mostly due to his ACL injury during his Junior year at Colorado. He barely played minutes during his 2 years in Detroit and got traded to Chicago Bulls where they ended having a plethora of point guards with Rondo, Cameron Payne, Michael Carter Williams and Jerian Grant on the roster. Dinwiddie was waived and signed in the D-League and was on track not to make it back in the league.  I lot of players don’t make it out of the D’league. The Nets called and offered a minimum contract last season and even though he showed only flashes in his first season with the Nets, this season, Spencer have taken off. After Injuries to Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell, Dinwiddie became the Net’s starting point guard and is playing his best basketball. He’s been hitting gamewinners after gamewinners. His 13 point 6 assist per game averages doesn’t quite do justice of how important he’s been to the Nets. Dinwiddie and Nets have been playing with great effort all season and have proven people wrong by being competitive and giving any team a run for their money. Whether the Nets trade Dinwiddie for assets or not, it seems Spencer has a place in the NBA.

Lou Williams Playing the best of his career – Should Williams be an All-Star?

Lou Williams has been one of the best scorers in the league this year. Ever since December 22nd, Williams has led the NBA in scoring averaging 30.1 points per game. He has had as much of an impact to the team’s recent winning stretch as Blake Griffin. Injuries and his play have pushed the former sixth man of the year inton the starting lineup. He even helped the Clippers finally snapped their losing streak against the Warriors by dropping a career high 50 points. Lou has always been known as scorer, and being around players like Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant throughout his career, he was bound to pickup some routines and habits to help become a better scorer. For the season, he’s averaging 23 points, 5 assists on 41% from 3 and 90 percent from the free throw line. Just a month ago, the Clippers were 6 games below .500, and now they’re back in the playoffs picture. If the Clippers get any players in the All-Star game, is should be Lou Williams over Blake Griffin. Blake has missed a lot of games and DeAndre Jordan has been the third best player on the clippers this season. Lou has played for 20 percent of the teams in the league in this 13 year career, And at 31, maybe  he’s is finally getting the respect his always wanted.

Kent ‘s All- Star Predictions

West

G – James Harden, Rockets

G – Stephen Curry, Warriors

F –  Kevin Durant, Warriors

F –  Anthony Davis, Pelicans

C – DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans

 

G – Russell Westbrook, Thunder

G – Jimmy Butler, T’Wolves

F – LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs

F – Draymond Green, Warriors

F – Karl Anthony Towns, T’Wolves

G – Lou Williams, Clippers

G – Damian Lillard, Blazers

 

Kent’s West snubs

G – Klay Thompson

F – Paul George

G – Chris Paul

C – Nikola Jokic

 

East

G – Kyrie Irving, Celtics

G – DeMar DeRozan, Raptors

F – LeBron James, Cavaliers

F – Giannis Antetokoumnpo, Bucks

C – Joel Embiid, 76ers

 

G – John Wall, Wizards

G – Victor Oladipo, Pacers

F – Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks

F – Andre Drummond, Pistons

F – Kevin Love, Cavaliers

G – Bradley Beal, Wizards

G – Goran Dragic, Heat

 

My East Snubs

G – Kyle Lowry

F – Tobias Harris

C – Al Horford

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