Let’s go ahead and assume that both Chris Paul
and Stephen Curry
are locks at the guard position for the 2014 All-Star Game. Paul is playing at an MVP level, Curry isn’t far behind and both are perennial fan favorites to boot. Last year three point guards made the roster: Chris Paul, Tony Parker
and Russell Westbrook
. If my math is correct (gets calculator out) then that only leaves ONE spot for Lillard to sneak into somehow. "So, you’re telling me there’s a chance!!".
Again, Lillard is a deserving candidate so far but it’s far from a slam dunk that he will make the All-Star roster this season. Of course, team success will play into a player’s chances so if the Blazers can keep this momentum up, then his stock will rise accordingly. However, his shooting percentages need to be much more efficient in my opinion. Lillard is sitting at 39.9 percent overall from the floor and an even 40 percent from 3-point range — so right now he’s basically an average shooter. His efficiency needs to rise AND he needs to start getting his teammates involved much more, which will equate to more assists.
Here are some of the other guys battling for that All-Star spot as well: Ty Lawson
, Russell Westbrook, Mike Conley
, Ricky Rubio
and Jrue Holiday. If anyone has the confidence needed to pull this off, it’s Lillard — but he’s got a long way to go before he can be called an All-Star in the NBA.
Chris -- Can He Do It?!