As the 2019 NBA All-Star game creeps closer, fans from each fanbase, as well as the coaches from each team must pick players who have showed them a reason to be a reserve for the All-Star game. These are some of the players in the Eastern Conference for the frontcourt and the backcourt that deserve to be a reserve player for the 2019 All-Star game.
For the backcourt, the two players that deserve to be reserves are Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry and Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal. Looking at Lowry, he is having a great year, as he is averaging a career high in assists and really shaped himself into someone that players can look up to and play like. Averaging 14.2 points, 9.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds, Lowry is one of those underrated guards who plays a key role in the Raptors organization by doing all the little things that helps gets wins for the team. He is more of a team player who helps with getting others around him better, whether this be through practice, games or even coaching players on the sidelines.
With Beal, he seems to raise the bar higher for himself as he continues his NBA career. Known predominantly for his scoring, he is starting to be looked upon by the rest of the NBA for the rest of his skill sets. Averaging 24.6 points, 5.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds, he looks to improve his game every year, as his stats improve as he gets more opportunities to prove himself why he deserves to be a star. Within a couple of years, there is no question that he will be an All-Star if he continues getting better after each season.
As for the frontcourt, the two players that deserve to be reserves are Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic and Philadelphia 76ers small forward/power forward Ben Simmons. Looking at Vucevic, he is having one of the best seasons in his eight year career. Averaging career highs in points (20.5), rebounds (12.0) and assists (3.8), there is no reason why a player like Vucevic should not be considered for being a reserve. He is also ninth in the NBA in player efficiency rating (PER), as well as 13th in the NBA for real plus-minus (RPM) [credit: Bleacher Report].
Looking at Simmons, he has proved to the NBA what he is capable of, showing that he is one of the best athletes in the game and is a factor that teams have to plan around. Averaging close to a triple double in his second season, with 17.9 points, 9 assists and 10.2 rebounds, he is truly showing the potential that was missed while he was injured his rookie season. He can beat teams with his athleticism and his scoring, as well as providing a boost for his team on the defensive end with his blocking ability and being able to cover almost all the positions on the court. If Simmons keeps playing at the level he is now in the future, there is a possibility that he will be the face of the NBA.
With all the potential that the Eastern Conference has with the players in the conference, there are no reasons why this game will not have lots of offense with some/little defense. With the Eastern Conference having 29 wins and the Western Conference having 29 wins since the All-Star game was created, there is an advantage for the Eastern Conference has to counter the offensive talent of the Western Conference.