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NBA All-Star Game 2017: Predicting the Western Conference All-Star Roster

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2017 NBA All-Star Game (Photo Courtesy: NBA.com)

The NBA just released the first fan voting return for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game and some deserving players did not receive a lot of votes. However, players like Zaza Pachulia had a ridiculous amount of votes as he was second in the Western Conference frontcourt players behind teammate Kevin Durant.

Pachulia will not be an NBA All-Star since the league has changed its rules because of him. The media and the players now have a say on who will be the starters. Here is SportsRageous’ prediction for the 12-Man NBA All-Star Game Roster of the Western Conference.

Backcourt

  • Russell Westbrook, PG – Oklahoma City Thunder
  • James Harden, PG – Houston Rockets
  • Stephen Curry, PG – Golden State Warriors
  • Chris Paul, PG – Los Angeles Clippers
  • Klay Thompson, SG – Golden State Warriors

No arguments here on who will the All-Star backcourt players for the West. Although there is a big debate on who should be the starter. Certainly, Westbrook and Harden deserve it but the fan votes likely sides with Curry and it might be enough to bump him into the starting lineup.

Frontcourt

  • Kevin Durant, SF – Golden State Warriors
  • Kawhi Leonard, SF – San Antonio Spurs
  • Anthony Davis, PF – New Orleans Pelicans
  • DeMarcus Cousins, C – Sacramento Kings
  • Marc Gasol, C – Memphis Grizzlies
  • Gordon Hayward, SF – Utah Jazz
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, PF – San Antonio Spurs

KD, Kawhi, AD and Cousins are surely All-Stars this season. Marc Gasol gets in because the Grizzlies are surprising a lot because he is playing the best season of his career. Gordon Hayward will be the representative of the fourth-place Utah Jazz. And as for Aldridge, his hot streak is going to continue until February.

Biggest Omissions

  • Rudy Gobert, C – Utah Jazz
  • DeAndre Jordan, C – Los Angeles Clippers
  • Draymond Green, PF – Golden State Warriors

The final spot in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game roster for the West will be down to these three big men and LaMarcus Aldridge. The edge goes to LMA because he’ll likely stay hot until February while Draymond gets overlooked because of his three teammates.

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