Storylines

Week 13 NBA storylines

We are a few weeks away from the All-Star Game, which means a few things. The All-Star discussion is a major storyline, as is the upcoming trade deadline. So, let’s take a look at what’s going on around the league right now.


All-Star Starters announced

On Thursday, the NBA announced the starters for the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. LeBron James finished with 1,893,751 fan votes, the most of any player in the NBA. Surprisingly, Russell Westbrook was not voted in as a starter, despite averaging a triple-double through the first half of the season. But here are the lineups for All-Star weekend.

Western Conference Starters:

Backcourt: Stephen Curry and James Harden

Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis

Eastern Conference Starters:

Backcourt: Kyrie Irving and DeMar Derozan

Frontcourt: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Jimmy Butler

The coaches must submit their votes for the reserves by Tuesday, and the league will announce the results on Thursday, January 26th.

Warriors dominating

Last week the Warriors absolutely destroyed the Cavs, Thunder, and Rockets three games in a row. Not bad for a team who struggled against the top teams in the first few weeks of the season. The Dubs have taken it to another level recently, as evidenced by having the league’s best offensive efficiencyand defensive efficiency now.

Durant has been a monster this year, putting up incredibly efficient performances on a nightly basis. As of today, he has the highest true shooting percentage of any small forward in the league. He’s also quietly put up an All-Defense caliber season. He won’t win the award, but there’s no question Durant is having an MVP-worthy year.

Since 2017 began, Steph Curry has started to look like the unanimous MVP that he was last season. Here are Curry’s splits by month.

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As you can see, he’s been much better in the month of January after a rough stretch in December. If he keeps this up, the Warriors will be nearly unstoppable going forward.

Trade rumors

  • Carmelo Anthony acknowledged that if the Knicks front office wants to rebuild, he’d have to consider waiving his no-trade clause.
  • The Sixers are reportedly interested in bringing back Jrue Holiday in free agency this summer.
  • According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bulls are shopping Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic as the trade deadline approaches. This should not come as a surprise, as Rondo’s role has decreased significantly. But, whether or not they’ll be able to find someone to trade for Rondo remains to be seen.
  • With Dwyane Wade eligible for free agency this summer, he noted that his future in Chicago partially depends on what the Bulls do with Jimmy Butler.
  • According to ESPN, the Bulls are interested in making a run at Chris Bosh if he is able to play again next season.
  • Stan Van Gundy denied a rumor that surfaced earlier in the week that the Pistons were in talks with Minnesota about a trade surrounding Reggie Jackson and Ricky Rubio.
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