This article will be predicting the East All-Stars for the 2022-2023 NBA season part two. The first article discussed some young and fresh faces that will be making the All-Star team for the first time. This is predicting the East All-Stars for the 2022-2023 NBA season part two.
East All-Stars: Knicks PG Jalen Brunson
Brunson moved on from Dallas and ended up in the Big Apple on the first day of free agency. Now that Brunson doesn’t have to deal with usage monster Luka Doncic, he will be able to expand on his offensive abilities. He is coming off averages of 16.3 points, 3.9 boards, 4.8 assists, and 0.8 steals on 50% from the field, 37% from the three-point line and 84% from the line (he averaged career-highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals.) Playing for a coach like Tom Thibadeau will help him because he is going to be a starter and he is going to be playing a ton of minutes. Also, the ball is going to in his hands much more. This Knicks team is looking kind of nice right now.
East All-Stars: Bulls SG Demar Derozan
Derozan has been one of the most consistent scorers of his generation. Over the course of his career, he has averages of 20.8 points, 4.4 boards, 3.9 assists, one steal, and 0.3 blocks on 47% from the field, 29% from three and 84% from the line. This past season, he averaged a career high in points (27.9). To round out the line, he averaged 5.2 boards, 4.9 dimes, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks on 50% from the field, a career-high 35% from three and 88% from the line. Derozan is sure to be a lock for the All-Star team this year. If he can continue his consistent play, this Bulls squad is looking dangerous. Granted, they have to stay healthy (looking at y’all, Lonzo Ball, Zach Lavine and Nikola Vucevic).
East All-Stars: Pistons SF Cade Cunningham
Cunningham looked amazing at times in his rookie season. This year don’t be surprised if he turns it up a little bit more. His rookie year, he averaged 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.7 blocks a game on 42% from the field, 31% from three and 85% from the line. Add in the fact that he currently plays for Detroit, he has a ton of opportunity. If Cunningham can stay healthy this year, he will be looking like a major stud in the near future. Him and Scottie Barnes look to be some of the best players in last year’s draft. Then again, the draft class was extremely deep. Expect the second-year guard/forward to completely explode this year.
East All-Stars: Hawks PG Trae Young
Young has been one of the best guards in the league since the year he was drafted. Last year, he put up averages of 28.4 points, 3.7 boards, 9.7 dimes, 0.9 steals, and 0.1 blocks on career-high efficiency (46% from the field, 38% from three and 90% from the line.) This definitely won’t change soon despite adding Dejounte Murray to the mix. He is going to continue lighting it up, and hopefully he has a better playoff run this year compared to this past year’s (15.4 points, five rebounds, six assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.0 blocks a game on 32% from the field, 18% from three and 79% from the line). Expect the two-time All-Star to make it three in a row.