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With fan voting for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game well underway, the Sky Sports The Heatcheck team chose their starters for the February flagship.

Voting began on Christmas Day for the February 20 All-Star Game, the first in Cleveland since 1997, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Although the current format sees team captains select formations from a pool of 10 starting players, the voting system ensures that the starting roles remain equally divided between the two conferences.

Three-time NBA champion BJ Armstrong picked his starters from the Eastern Conference, while Mo Mooncey made selections for the Western Conference.

BJ’s Eastern Conference appetizers

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Three-time NBA champion BJ Armstrong picks his Eastern Conference NBA All-Star holders, on Sky Sports Heatcheck

Guard – bring young people (Atlanta Hawks)

Guard – DeMar De Rozan (Chicago Bulls)

Forward – Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Networks)

Forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Dollars)

Forward – Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)

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DeRozan hits his second winning buzzer in a row for the Chicago Bulls, this time to greet the Washington Wizards on New Year’s Day in the NBA

Why did LaVine and Harden get lost?

Armstrong explained why Trae Young and DeMar DeRozan beat the fit duo Zach LaVine and James Harden at the titular guard posts in the east.

“In the Western Conference we have the splash brothers, now in the Eastern Conference, in Chicago, we have the slash brothers: Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan.

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LaVine spins 360 in the air for the dunk during the Bulls’ victory over the Hawks

“We are giving love to Zach LaVine, he deserves to be an All Star, but right now I have to give people what they want, they want to see Trae Young, they want to see the master at work.

“We know what James Harden is capable of, but right now I don’t think he’s been beaten – over the course of the season, he played well recently – but over the course of the season without a doubt DeMar DeRozan was arguably the best two guards in the league. Eastern Conference. “

Mo’s Western Conference Beginners

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Mo Mooncey of Sky Sports Heatcheck chooses his Western Conference NBA All-Star starters

Guard – Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzly)

Guard – Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Forward – LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

Forward – Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)

Forward – Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

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Ja Morant flies over the Brooklyn Nets defense for a huge dunk in the Memphis Grizzlies victory

“Not enough magic Luka this season”

Mooncey explained why Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic will not be starting this year.

“The Dallas Mavericks, particularly with Luka Doncic, have not improved since last year. Sometimes they play basketball better when he’s on the bench.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic is one of 95 players currently in health and safety protocols due to coronavirus
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Luka Doncic failed to join the holders of the Mo Western Conference

“I’m not saying he’s not the best player on the team, because he is by far. But there have been question marks about Luka’s fitness this season, how he got into an out of shape season.

“He could do it as a backup, but I haven’t seen the same Luka magic that we’ve had in previous seasons at the same level.”

MVP All-Star selections

Mon – LeBron James

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LeBron James scores 43 points and 14 rebounds in Los Angeles Lakers victory over Portland Trail Blazers on New Year’s Eve in NBA

“He got trapped in this Lakers team where his teammates have missed shot, shot after shot. When he’s on the pitch with his fellow All-Stars and he’s getting assists, assists after assists, hitting the ball.

“He’ll be in his element and he also knows he’s just turned 37. I’m not saying he’s retiring anytime soon, but he’ll try to make the most of the opportunity.”

BJ – Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant scored 34 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in the Brooklyn Nets’ victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in NBA week 9

“I think KD has a lot to prove, and one of the things he has to prove is that he is the best player in the league with his peers.

“I think it will be a significant moment for him, after all the things he has had to fight in the last two years since he suffered the Achilles tendon injury.”

How fans can vote:

NBA App: Access the ballot and vote via the NBA app, available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out a full card per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) by selecting up to two guards and three attacking players from each conference when choosing the holders.

NBA.com voting page on vote.NBA.com: Fill out a full card a day on vote.NBA.com from a desktop or mobile browser. Fans can select up to two guards and three attacking players from each conference when choosing the starting team.

Chirping: Tweet, retweet, or reply with a hashtag of an NBA player’s first and last name (#FirstNameLastName) or the Twitter handle, along with the hashtag #NBAAllStar. Each tweet can only include a player’s name or handle. Fans can vote for up to 10 unique players per day from December 25th to January 22nd.

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