Rookies and Sophomores Show Off at the NBA Rising Stars Challenge

There is no telling what the future holds but in the NBA we can definitely see what is coming. The rising stars challenge features rookies and sophomores of the NBA in a game that showcases what and who will be the next big star in the NBA.
From the big guys of the world to skillful young players from Team USA, the NBA have enough supply of future stars. Check out some of the highlights below.

Our Picks For The 2017 NBA All-Star Game!





MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The 2017 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans is less than a month away! A lot of players are having the best season yet in their entire career which makes it hard for NBA fans to choose who to vote for this comin All-Star game. Here are our ideal NBA All-Star Rosters for this 2016-2017 Season from me, Jerry Balot, contributor/writer Ian Genada, and our founder, Pow Salud!

My (Jerry) All-Star Roster

Head Coach: Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Starters:

PG – Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
SG – DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
SF – Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
PF – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
C – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Reserves:

John Wall, Washington Wizards
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Head Coach: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors

Starters:

PG – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
SG – James Harden, Houston Rockets
SF – Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
PF – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
C – DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

Reserves:

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
Karl Anthony-Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

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Ian’s All-Star Roster

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Head Coach: Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors

Starters:

PGIsaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
SG – DeMar Derozan, Toronto Raptors
SF – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
PF – Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
C – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Reserves:
Derrick Rose, New York Knicks
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat

WESTERN CONFERENCE

HEAD COACH: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors


Starters:

PG –
 Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
SG – James Harden, Houston Rockets
SF Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
PF Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors 
C Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans 

Reserves:


Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies



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Pow’s All-Star Roster

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Head Coach: Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors

Starters:

PG – Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
SG – DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
SF – LeBron James. Cleveland Cavaliers
PF – Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
C – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Reserves:

Derrick Rose, New York Knicks
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
Paul George, Indiana Pacers

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Head Coach: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors

Starters:

PG – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
SG – Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers
SF – Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
PF – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
C – Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

Reserves:

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Karl Anthony-Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves


Here are the current leaders in 2017 All-Star voting as of January 12, 3:07 AM, Philippine Standard Time.

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt

1          LeBron James (CLE) 1,066,147
2          Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 963,110
3          Kevin Love (CLE) 473,328
4          Joel Embiid (PHI) 457,300
5          Jimmy Butler (CHI) 400,448
6          Carmelo Anthony (NY) 327,716
7          Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 324,106
8          Paul George (IND) 249,484
9          Jabari Parker (MIL) 120,022
10        Tristan Thompson (CLE) 114,759

Guards

1          Kyrie Irving (CLE) 971,362
2          Dwyane Wade (CHI) 514,866
3          DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 453,538
4          Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 401,671
5          Kyle Lowry (TOR) 256,668
6          Derrick Rose (NY) 223,804
7          John Wall (WAS) 173,148
8          Jeremy Lin (BKN) 109,088
9          Kemba Walker (CHA) 105,637
10        Avery Bradley (BOS) 64,157

Western Conference

Frontcourt

1          Kevin Durant (GS) 987,479
2          Zaza Pachulia (GS) 823,376
3          Kawhi Leonard (SA) 630,766
4          Anthony Davis (NO) 567,201
5          Draymond Green (GS) 464,319
6          DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 379,225
7          Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 223,979
8          LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 192,784
9          Blake Griffin (LAC) 172,393
10        Marc Gasol (MEM) 172,146

Guards

1          Stephen Curry (GS) 990,390
2          James Harden (HOU) 961,685
3          Russell Westbrook (OKC) 899,024
4          Klay Thompson (GS) 555,430
5          Chris Paul (LAC) 379,076
6          Damian Lillard (POR) 208,171
7          Eric Gordon (HOU) 191,407
8          Andre Iguodala (GS) 130,224
9          Manu Ginobili (SA) 122,333
10        Zach LaVine (MIN) 94,867



All-Star voting will end at exactly 12:59 PM, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 and starters will be announced live on TNT on Friday, January 20, 8:00 AM, Philippine Standard Time during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off.  Seven reserves from each conference will also be selected by NBA head coaches, which will be announced the following week on TNT on Friday, January 27. You can vote for your favorite NBA players by posting or commenting the players full name followed by #NBAVote through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, on the NBA mobile app, NBA.com, or by simply searching “NBA All-Star 2017” on Google. Fan votes make up 50% of the criteria and for the first time ever, media and fellow NBA players will take the other 50% of the criteria. Fan votes will be depended on in case of a tie. Top two players with the most votes from the backcourt and top three players from the frontcourt with the most votes from each conference will be named starters. All-Star game head coaches will be named to the coach of the team with the best record from each conference.

Eastern NBA All-Star Voting 2017 Early Results, Giannis, Rose, Lin, Wait Lin is still in the running?

Eastern NBA All-Star Voting 2017 Early Results,  Giannis, Rose, Lin, Wait Lin is still in the running?
The Eastern NBA  All-Star voting early results are in and as usual, the King is lording over everyone else. LeBron James getting the top vote for the eastern front court followed by the emerging superstar from Greece, Giannis Antetokounmpo (copy and paste).

See Results  Eastern NBA All-Star Voting 2017 Early Results

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt

1          LeBron James (CLE) 595,288
2          Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 500,663
3          Kevin Love (CLE) 250,347
4          Joel Embiid (PHI) 221,984
5          Carmelo Anthony (NY) 189,817
6          Jimmy Butler (CHI) 189,066
7          Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 184,166
8          Paul George (IND) 138,332
9          Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 72,628
10        Jabari Parker (MIL) 64,141

Guards

1          Kyrie Irving (CLE) 543,030
2          Dwyane Wade (CHI) 278,052
3          DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 253,340
4          Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 193,297
5          Derrick Rose (NY) 129,924
6          Kyle Lowry (TOR) 128,940
7          John Wall (WAS) 87,360
8          Jeremy Lin (BKN) 59,562
9          Kemba Walker (CHA) 52,122
10        Avery Bradley (BOS) 32,822

Watch the Highlights from last year NBA All-star game

2017 Western NBA All-Star Early Results

Update on 2017 NBA All Star

The NBA decided to move the upcoming 2017 NBA All Star weekend in New Orleans almost a month after the NBA pulled and change the intended plan that should be at Charlotte. The chosen city which was Charlotte had a controversial House Bill 2 that discriminated  the LGBT Community in the whole state. The NBA did not agree in the said law.

It must be a celebration of the New Orleans community.

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