Dream Team NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 9

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Updated: February 14, 2021

Much to the actual players disgust, the NBA and NBAPA have agreed that there will indeed be an NBA All-Star game this year. It is scheduled for March 7 in Atlanta Georgia, and fan voting is still open for another couple of days. You can vote here -apparently for the last few days, fan votes count double.

I thought it would be an interesting exercise to compare the current NBA All-Star leading vote getters, with the Dream Team NBA All-Stars from each conference. The criteria for the DT All-Stars is pretty straight forward, I had a look at the top overall scorers through the first 8 weeks of the season.

Let’s start in the Western Conference.

There is not too much difference there at all. Rudy Gobert coming in for Kawhi Leonard is the only change to the starting lineup. It is interesting to note that Kawhi is a very close 6th on overall scoring, only 18 points behind Rudy, however he has done that in 3 less games. The argument could be made that he is a more deserving starter on the Fantasy All-Star team. 

Unlike the Western Conference, there are major differences between the two lineups in the East. The Greek Freak is the only player who makes both All-Star teams. Randle, Vucevic and LaVine have all had great fantasy seasons, but do not have the name recognition of their more well know collegues. It is entirely possibe/likely that all 3 will be selected by the coaches to be on the All-Star bench. Both Randle and LaVine are in the top 10 vote getters in their positions, so I would expect them to be there on All-Star Sunday.


Schedule Breakdown

Max Game (8) Teams – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, LA Clippers, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Toronto, Washington*

Wow. What a selection of max game players we will have this week, with 15 team having the maximum 8 games over the next fortnight. Please take note that Washington has a 3 Game/5 Game split, so hold off on bringing in Brad Beal until next week. It is interesting to note however that only 5 of the top 20 overall scorers play for teams on this list. This should hopefully see a variety of players selected and some great head to head matchups.

The 5 players in the top are Julius Randle, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Bam Adebayo and Zach Lavine. You also need to consider Karl-Anthony Towns who has now returned to the Timberwolves lineup after missing a few weeks due to Covid-19. KAT is actually the top averaging player out of all the max game teams, so hopefully he can have a good run with injury/illness.

If you are looking at some value picks, Jerami Grant, Paul George (if healthy), Jaylen Brown and John Collins look good at the top end. At the other end, players such as Xavier Tillman, John Konchar, Isiah Roby and Jae’Sean Tate offer good value for your bench. If you need mid-price, look at Tyrese Haliburton and Chris Boucher, who will both be under $7.5 million.

 


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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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