BLOGGER'S BALLOT: Enzo Flojo's 2018 ASG starter picks
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 10: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket against Robin Lopez #42 of the Chicago Bulls on November 10, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
With the voting period for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game getting closer and closer, check out Enzo Flojo's ballot to see his picks, and his line-of-thinking for selecting those players, to start the league's annual showcase:
Forward/center - LeBron James (CLE)
The King is heading up there in age, but it seems he's getting better despite Father Time's efforts. The Cavs are still inconsistent, but LBJ is the biggest reason their heads are above water.
Forward/center - Giannis Antetkounmpo (MIL)
He's the living, breathing version of that video game baller you made at home with all the sliders on full. Well, maybe save for three-point shooting, but he doesn't need that yet anyway.
Forward/center - Joel Embiid (PHI)
What if Hakeem Olajuwon had Shaq's devil-may-care attitude? Enter Joel Embiid, whose stellar play has made Philly faithful finally believe in the process.
Guard - Victor Oladipo (IND)
The Pacers ain't no slouches, and Oladipo is the biggest reason why. He has something to prove in Indiana, and he's proving his doubters hella wrong so far.
Guard - Kyrie Irving (BOS)
I gotta put one Celtic up there, and it may as well be Kyrie, who has been relishing his newfound main man role. Uncle Drew just made Boston his personal playground.
Forward/center - Anthony Davis (NOP)
The Brow seems to be having a resurgent season, at least in terms of the number of highlights and headlines he's garnering. We may see him return to the MVP convo by season's end.
Forward/center - Demarcus Cousins (NOP)
Everybody loves a wildcard, and nobody is wilder than Cousins, who has stamped his class in New Orleans. The Pels aren't elite by any means, but Cousins makes them oh-so-friggin'-tough.
Forward/center - Kevin Durant (GSW)
Ain't no forward as deadly on offense as KD. Most won't agree with me, but I think that he has gradually made GSW his team. Okay, time to duck.
Guard - Russell Westbrook (OKC)
Toss up between Steph and Russ, but Jet Zero gets my vote because, at least to my eyes, he has just personified explosiveness and drive more than anyone in the league. Yes, OKC hasn't figured things out yet, but that shouldn't be a knock on Russ.
Guard - James Harden (HOU)
His game is still flawed, but when he's on, he's literally unstoppable. The Rockets' inconsistency notwithstanding, Harden is my MVP as of now.
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