emunney wrote:I think you'd ideally have at least one all star for each of the top 6 teams in the East and a 2nd all-star for Milwaukee, Boston, Miami, and Toronto. So let's say that means:
Milwaukee - Giannis, Middleton
Miami - Butler, Bam
Boston - Kemba, Tatum
Toronto - Lowry, Siakam
Indiana - Sabonis
Philly - Embiid
That's already 10 guys with two spots to go, and you haven't gotten Beal, Simmons, Brown, Young, Brogdon, Dinwiddie, LaVine, etc. Young and Beal are 4th and 5th in the league in scoring. Something's got to give.
I do think Middleton makes a 2nd ASG at some point and superficially it seems like this should be the year between his rate stats and how good the Bucks are, but I do think there's a chance we get a raft of Why Middleton Should Have Been an All-Star content the week after the selections come out. Feels like the most likely scenarios in no particular order are:
1) Simmons doesn't make it
2) Middleton doesn't make it
3) Indiana gets shut out
I don't see a scenario where Miami, Boston, and Toronto don't each get the two guys above.
Tatum is averaging 21.3p/6.9r/2.3a/1.4s on 43/36/86 shooting in 34 minutes a game
Middleton is averaging 19.3p/5.8r/3.8a/.9 s on 49/40/89 shooting in 29 minutes a game
Tatum 22.6p/7.3r/2.6a/1.5s on 43/36/86
Middleton 24.4p/7.3r/4.8a/1.2s on 49/40/89
If Tatum is a lock I don't know how Middleton is not one.