Northwest Division All-Stars
To get into the All-Star festivities, we have adopted a different format for the main event. We have an All-Star lineup for each NBA division.
PG: Damian Lillard
The Trail Blazers’ franchise centerpiece is having a tremendous season filled with a historic offensive run in the 2020 calendar year. Lillard is averaging 29.7 PPG on 46/40/89 shooting splits, along with 7.9 assists per game. His inclusion on this team is obvious despite Portland being five games below .500. The Weber State product had a six-game stretch of averaging just under 50 PPG along with 10.2 APG; take that stint away and he is still a lock.
SG: Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell has been an instrumental part of Utah having a 35-18 record, as he is leading the team in scoring with 24.3 PPG. He was recognized as a 2020 All-Star, so it is only fitting that he lands on this team as well. The star shooting guard is putting up career-highs in multiple categories across the board (PPG, APG, RPG, field goal %, minutes per game, and free throw %).
SF Bojan Bogdanovic
Just like Mitchell, Bogdanovic has been a key reason for Utah’s success thus far; the 30-year-old is averaging a career-high 21.0 PPG on 45/42/90 shooting splits. He has become a much-needed second scoring option in Salt Lake City. Danilo Gallinari is another candidate for the small forward position, but Bogdanovic has had a stellar season, worthy of placing him as a Northwest division All-Star.
PF Karl-Anthony Towns
Simply put, I do not care that Towns has missed a good number of games and that the Minnesota Timberwolves are a whopping 16-36. He is one of the best big men in the league, averaging 26.5 PPG and 10.8 RPG while shooting 41.2% from behind-the-arc. Towns is not a power forward, but we will make an exception. We are in a world of positionless basketball and the Kentucky product can score on all three levels.
C: Nikola Jokic
The reason why Towns was listed as a power forward is because the Denver Nuggets have the Northwest’s All-Star center. Jokic is posting a 20.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 6.9 APG statline, while solidifying himself as one of the best centers in the NBA. He is the best player on a team that is in second place in the daunting Western Conference standings; Jokic is another lock.
This is an All-Star lineup without a doubt due to all five players capable of being primary scorers on their teams. The whole lineup can score at all three levels, causing nightmare defensive assignments for other all-star teams. If Towns had played more games, the squad would have four actual NBA All-Stars; Bogdanovic has had a stellar season that is falling under the radar because of the balanced Jazz attack. Defense may be questionable, but good luck defending this group.