Who will replace the NBA All-Star Game in the West? Editorial review!

The All-Star Game winners for each conference were announced Thursday night through Friday night. West? Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson, LeBron James and Nikola Jokic are lucky. All that’s left is to decide who gets replaced, and in this little game, the TrashTalk editors love to share their favorites with you.

For our replacements in the East, here it is!


  • Guards: Ja Morant, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • Strikers: Domantas Sabonis, Anthony Davis, Lauri Markkanen
  • Wild cards: Damian Lillard, De’Aaron Fox

As for the East, let’s start with the locks: Ja Morant and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, no need to argue, that’s obvious. Lauri Markkanen, who will play at home in Utah, also deserves to be an All-Star, as does Kings interior Domantas Sabonis. I like the Kings season so much that I’m adding De’Aaron Fox to the mix. I believe that Anthony Davis should be in the All-Star Game, as should Damian Lillard, despite his injuries and the Blazers’ disappointing results. I was going to give the ticket to Anthony Edwards, who had an All-Star campaign, but Damen’s recent performances (60 points against Utah) finally tipped the balance in his favor.


  • Guards: Ja Morant and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • Strikers: Domantas Sabonis, Paul George and Lauri Markkanen
  • Wild cards: Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis

Absolutely zero doubt about my two guards and three forwards. It would be impossible for me to do without Dame and AD, very representative of their era and – don’t forget – incredible when they play. Where did the shoe come from? The pedigree of the underdog, because in an ideal world, De’Aaron Fox deserves to be an All-Star this season, and neither Jamal Murray, CJ McCollum, Anthony Edwards, or even the second Grizzly (JJJ? Bane?) or Kawhi Leonard. Oh well, I’m told I forgot to put in a Suns player, to which I reply that it’s not out of control by any means.

Alexander T.

  • Guards: Ja Morant, Damian Lillard
  • Strikers: Lauri Markkanen, Domantas Sabonis, Anthony Davis
  • Wild cards: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, De’Aaron Fox

Finally, the West pick is pretty easy with Ja Morant, Damian Lillard, SGA, Sabonis. I wanted a second All-Star rotation in Denver so that, say, Aaron Gordon could be rewarded for his fat season, but I’m going to ride the Kings train with De’Aaron Fox. The explosion of Lauri Markkane, who will also be playing at home, deserves an award. Ultimately, I chose between getting the Clippers (Paul George) and sending Anthony Davis. The ratings are similar to PG, but the thing is, when the monoguy isn’t injured, he plays almost like an MVP candidate.

Nicholas V.

  • Guards: Ja Morant, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • Strikers: Lauri Markkanen, Domantas Sabonis, Anthony Davis
  • Wild cards: De’Aaron Fox, Klay Thompson

The advantage is that the two backs are not in contention, so we will be able to go straight to the big boys. Lauri Markkanen? It couldn’t make more sense, Finn is fantastic in Utah and deserves to be recognized by his community for the beauty of the gesture. Domantas Sabonis gave up a brace that ended the controversy en route for the Kings to victory. After all, Anthony Davis was huge during his time, and damn, his blazer still sounds good All-Star, we won’t lie to each other. See Sabonis’ argument for the wild-card level, Fox. For Klay, it’s just love for a player who reinvented himself this season and doesn’t give a damn. All my friends want to see Killa Clay in shorts in Salt Lake City.


  • Guards: Ja Morant, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • Strikers: Lauri Markkanen, Domantas Sabonis, Paul George
  • Wild cards: De’Aaron Fox, Damian Lillard

Discussion is not possible in the back court. Ja Morant, SGA and Damian Lillard will all be on the trip to Salt Lake City. Shain’s burst should be rewarded if the Grizzlies’ point guard can even claim a starting spot, and Demian Lillard remains as strong as ever, even if his team isn’t watching. De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis should represent the Kings, as Sacramento’s metamorphosis is impressive. It was more open for the last two forward points. I also decided to pick MIP title contender Lauri Markkanen to play at home alongside Paul George who, despite a couple of poor matches, has remained top notch when on the field. That’s why Kawhi, Anthony Davis or Devin Booker get hurt so often. Neither Anthony Edwards nor CJ McCollum is a victim of competition.


  • Guards: Ja Morant, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • Strikers: Lauri Markkanen, Domantas Sabonis, Paul George
  • Wild cards: Damian Lillard, De’Aaron Fox

Damian Lillard, who was waived by the results of the Blazers, cemented his place with a 60-point game. It’s also impossible not to reward De’Aaron Fox, who happens to be the Kings’ leading scorer in a complete resurgence. It’s been almost the right year for CJ McCollum this year, but unfortunately for him, 9 losses in 12 games since Zion’s injury has cost him dearly. Counterintuitively, I thought of Anthony Edwards or Mikal Bridges, who helped keep their teams afloat despite injuries. But in the end it is Petit Lardon and Maman Renard who make the cut. No Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard or Devin Booker, unfortunately, most of the time.


  • Guards: Ja Morant, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • Strikers: Domantas Sabonis, Paul George, Lauri Markkanen
  • Wild cards: Damian Lillard, De’Aaron Fox

Of course, the All-Star Game means spectacle, and spectacle means Ja Morant, although it would be insulting to reduce the Grizzly to that. SGA’s stratospheric season couldn’t be without an invite among the stars, and so it will have its own ugliness among Canadian Mormons. Among the forwards who will light the purple laser in Salt Lake City, Domantas Sabonis, the son of Arvydas, is simply divine and puts more blood on Rob Hennigan’s hands. Paul George will come to represent Lob City (and Happy New Year 2011 to all) while Lauri Markkanen will be the local scene after a season that individually and collectively exceeded all expectations. My two toilets are Damian Lillard, who we can’t forget despite the disappointing record for the Blazers, and the second resident of the Kings, who is left-handed and very fast, you will understand, this is by De. ‘Aaron Fox. Sorry Anthony Davis, sorry Kawhi Leonard, but you shouldn’t miss school.

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