The West and East All-Stars are going to be predicted and it is going to be a tough race. Who will make the All-Star team this year? This will be a multiple-part article. This is Predicting 2022-2023 NBA All-Stars from the East and the West sides.
West All-Stars: Spurs SF Keldon Johnson
Johnson might have an All-Star season this year. He is going to be the unquestioned number one option for Coach Gregg Popovich. As a second option to Dejounte Murray last year, Johnson averaged a very healthy 17 points, 6.1 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks a game on 47% from the field, 40% from three and 76% from the line. If he can improve on those stats, and he will, then he is going to have the vote of the players. The fact that he is only 22 years old and still improving as much as he has for a 29th overall pick is quite amazing. Expect Johnson to be a first-time All-Star this year as the number one option for the Spurs.
West All-Stars: Kings PG De’Aaron Fox
This might be a hot take, but it is definitely a possibility. Fox has been criminally underrated in his career, as he boasts career averages of 19.1 points, 3.5 boards, 6.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.4 blocks a game on 46% from the field, 32% from three and 73% from the line. He is coming off a season with averages of 23.2 points, 3.9 boards, 5.6 dimes, 1.2 steals, and 0.4 blocks a game on 47% from the field, 30% from three and 75% from the line. If the Kings can remain competitive, Fox has the potential to land on the All-Star team. Expect him to best his averages from the year before.
West All-Stars: Kings C Domantas Sabonis
Sabonis has been one of the more consistent players in the league ever since his breakout season with Indiana. A two-time All-Star, Sabonis has averaged 18.5 or more points, 12 or more rebounds, and five or more assists a game over the last three seasons. With the Kings, he averaged 18.9 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5.8 dimes, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks on 55% from the field, 24% from the three-point line and 74% from the line. Sabonis and Fox are going to be the major contributors for this team as they will be looking to make the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. Expect Sabonis to put up some silly numbers in what could possibly be his third All-Star season.
West All-Stars: Pelicans F Zion Williamson
Williamson is finally coming back from his foot injury this year. Before the injury, the guy was having a phenomenal start to his career, to say the least. In his last full season, he averaged 27 points 7.2 boards, 3.7 dimes, 0.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks on a ridiculous 61% from the field, 30% from three, and 70% from the line. If he can back to his formal self, then fans everywhere will be expecting his second All-Star campaign. The only difference between now and when he first made the All-Star team is the addition of CJ McCollum, Jonas Valanciunas and now Herb Jones. This team is looking more and more stacked by the day.