2020 NBA All-Star Starters - Predictions and Odds
How to Watch
When: Thursday, 23 January 2020, 7:00 PM EST
How (TV): TNT, TNT Drama (Stream)
It has been one of the most exciting seasons of basketball in memory, as the disparity in the competition is growing smaller. Teams are rising and teams are falling, but nobody expected a season like this!
Teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers have separated themselves from the pack and shown that they are the cream of the crop. Meanwhile, surprises like the Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, and Toronto Raptors find them not far away.
Unfortunately, there have been disappointments to go along with those surprises. The Golden State Warriors were hit by the injury bug hard and find themselves, just two years removed from a Championship, at the bottom of the Western Conference.
Just past the midway point in the season, we now look toward a week of rest and celebration as we will be entertained by the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Familiar faces like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and James Harden will lead the showcase itself. Meanwhile, we will also be thrilled by the upcoming NBA Celebrity Game, Rising Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout, and Dunk Contest.
As is customary, the NBA will reveal its 2020 All-Star Starters to kick off the beginning of the festivities. We are going to look at the fan voting returns, rules, and standings in an attempt to predict which players deserve to start for their respective conferences.
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Rules of the Vote
Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters (five players from each conference) for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with those voters completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Players may vote for their teammates or themselves.
2020 All-Star Starter Predictions
All counted votes accurate as of third returns revealed on 17 Jan 2019.
The third returns from #VoteNBAAllStar 2020!
— NBA (@NBA) January 16, 2020
Western Conference (Away)
Leading Vote Getter: LeBron James (Frontcourt) | Los Angeles Lakers
Head Coach: Frank Vogel | Los Angeles Lakers
(F) LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers – 15x All-Star – (Votes: 4.7 million)
That Euro was vicious, @KingJames 🥵
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 21, 2020
LeBron James is without question going to start in the 2020 All-Star game barring a dramatic change in health. James, after a losing season last year, has led his Lakers back to the top of the Western Conference. Teamed up with Anthony Davis, James is having a career-year dishing the ball as he averages 11.0 assists per game.
LeBron James is a 15-time consecutive All-Star and three-time All-Star Game MVP.
(F) Anthony Davis – Los Angeles Lakers – 6x All-Star – (Votes: 4.4 million)
Anthony Davis with the putback dunk & the foul! pic.twitter.com/pN4jv9duhF
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 6, 2019
LeBron James’ running mate in Los Angeles, Anthony Davis, is expected to make his seventh consecutive All-Star appearance when he arrives in his hometown of Chicago. Scoring as much as ever, Anthony Davis has maintained his notability as one of the NBA’s most talented defenders. Los Angeles wouldn’t be where they are without him, as much as James.
Anthony Davis is a six-time consecutive All-Star and a one-time All-Star Game MVP.
(F) Kawhi Leonard – LA Clippers – 3x All-Star – (Votes: 2.97 million)
Luka tried jumping with Kawhi 🤭 pic.twitter.com/VY3FFikaR5
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 22, 2020
The Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes enamored the NBA over the course of the summer, but now in LA he has been understated in his fame but not his impact. Leonard is having the best scoring season of his career, on top of having the best playmaking season of his career as he averages a career-high 5.1 assists per game. Fun Guy has led his Clippers to the second seed in the Western Conference.
Kawhi Leonard is a three-time All-Star.
(G) Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks – 0x All-Star – (Votes: 4.59 million)
👀 Luka. Magic 👀#MFFL
— NBA Latam (@NBALatam) January 22, 2020
Who could’ve seen this coming? Luka Doncic was last year’s rookie of the year, but his rise into NBA superstardom has been unprecedented. Taking an immense leap after a World Cup oriented summer, Doncic is putting up LeBron-esque numbers and leading a low-expectation Dallas Mavericks team to the NBA Playoffs.
This would be Luka Doncic’s first NBA All-Star appearance.
(G) James Harden – Houston Rockets – 7x All-Star – (Votes: 2.9 million)
James Harden with another 40-PT game
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 15, 2020
It wouldn’t be an All-Star game without the NBA’s leading scorer and James Harden was made for the mid-season exhibition. Harden has been history-making in his scoring this season, having scored 40 points or more in 15 games this season! His Rockets sit at sixth in the Western Conference.
James Harden is a seven-time All-Star.
Western Conference Honorable Mentions
(C) Nikola Jokic – Denver Nuggets – 1x All-Star – (Votes: 889, 387)
— True Sports TV (@tsontv) January 21, 2020
It’s easy to look over the Denver Nuggets’ pudgy center due to the majesty that is occurring at the top of the Western Conference. However, with a glut of injuries and more of the load passing over to him, The Joker has been leading his team to victories and the top four in the Western Conference. He’ll likely be passed over or not make up for the disparity via coach votes, but he is more than deserving of a starting role.
Nikola Jokic is a one-time All-Star.
(G) Donovan Mitchell – Utah Jazz – 0x All-Star – (Votes: 673, 917)
Donovan Mitchell puts some English on the tough reverse! 🌀 pic.twitter.com/3DyOWqByMo
— NBA (@NBA) January 7, 2020
The Utah Jazz have quietly made their way up the Western Conference ladder and sit in second place, behind the Los Angeles Lakers. The leadership of the rising Donovan Mitchell is what has powered their run. The young star has shown the maturity to know when to score and when to give it up for the betterment of the team. Let’s be honest, Donovan Mitchell was built to play in an All-Star game.
This would be Donovan Mitchell’s first NBA All-Star appearance.
Eastern Conference (Home)
Leading Vote Getter: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Frontcourt) | Milwaukee Bucks
Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra/Nick Nurse/Brad Stevens | Miami Heat/Toronto Raptors/Boston Celtics
Note: Due to Mike Budenholzer (MIL) having coached the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, he is ineligible to coach a consecutive All-Star Game as per league rules. Despite the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-place rank in the East.
(F) Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks – 3x All-Star – (Votes: 4.47 million)
Giannis has it going early 😤 pic.twitter.com/LnZ3huqu9Y
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 17, 2020
The Greek Freak is dominating the NBA. Not only is Giannis putting up incredible numbers and leading his team to absolutely unquestionable victories, but he is also doing it in his lowest minutes per game average since his rookie season! Antetokounmpo is the driving force of the Milwaukee Bucks and he is rivaling LeBron James’ stardom.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a three-time All-Star.
(F) Pascal Siakam – Toronto Raptors – 0x All-Star – (Votes: 2.43 million)
LeBron wanted nothing to do with this Pascal Siakam dunk!
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 5, 2018
The Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam has made the jump from a solid supporting player to go-to option on a Championship-calibre team. Once again improving his statistics across the board, the 2019 Most Improved Player may be in for the 2020 award again. His Raptors are proving that they were and are more than Kawhi Leonard.
This would be Pascal Siakam’s first All-Star appearance.
(C) Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ers – 2x All-Star – (Votes: 2.39 million)
We’re still processing this Joel Embiid dunk …
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 6, 2018
First things first, we don’t know if Joel Embiid will be healthy enough to participate in this year’s NBA All-Star festivities. For all the criticism that he gets, he has been essential to the Sixers’ success. The big man is a force on the defensive side of the ball and the Sixers’ slide with him off the court is telling of his value. If he is a scratch due to injury, you may see a certain Miami Heat player take his place.
Joel Embiid is a two-time All-Star.
(G) Trae Young – Atlanta Hawks – 0x All-Star – (Votes: 2.0 million)
❄️ Trae Young’s first half of the season highlights! pic.twitter.com/C2K1Zna4vL
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 20, 2020
We know, it seems unfathomable that the NBA would allow one of its starting All-Stars to be from the NBA’s worst team but that just speaks to the season that Trae Young is having. Young is averaging almost 30 points a game and dishing out almost ten assists on his win-averse Hawks team. The jury is out if the coaches and media will allow him a starting role, as they control 50% of the vote, but his vote total alone at least guarantees him the fans spot.
This would be Trae Young’s first All-Star appearance.
(G) Kemba Walker – Boston Celtics – 3x All-Star – (Votes: 1.79 million)
— NBA (@NBA) January 17, 2020
Kemba Walker’s Boston Celtics are still one of the best teams in the league and he is the fairest representative for the starting role. While his scoring is down, he’s led a team of outcasts to a top four position in the Eastern Conference. It would make it Walker’s second consecutive All-Star start.
Kemba Walker is a three-time All-Star.
Eastern Conference Honorable Mentions
(F) Jimmy Butler – Miami Heat – 4x All-Star – (Votes: 2.04 million)
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 19, 2020
Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat are the second best team in the Eastern Conference. His play has not only reinvigorated Miami, but inspired a team of unknowns to incredible play. As the Sixers fell down the table with Embiid out, Butler has soard as the leader of the Heat and is as deserving as Embiid of the starting role.
Jimmy Butler is a four-time All-Star.
(G) Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors – 5x All-Star – (Votes: 848, 293)
Kyle Lowry said YEET 💦😂 pic.twitter.com/wbHlKGuQPp
— ClutchPoints NBA (@ClutchPointsNBA) January 18, 2020
Kyle Lowry makes it over Kyrie Irving in the honorable mentions section for a couple of reasons. Mainly because Irving has only played 15 games to Lowry’s 32, Lowry has improved his scoring by 6.0 per game and led his team to the top three in the East. A two-time All-Star Starter, Lowry is much more deserving than Irving and possibly Young for the accolade.
Kyle Lowry is a five-time NBA All-Star.