East Reserves – Guards
Guards: John Wall
Decision: In my opinion, the most complete point guard in the entire NBA, Washington Wizards’ John Wall continues to impress with his efficient scoring, flashy passing and stout defense. I don’t think there’s anyone in the league right now, who is as quick with the ball in their hands as Wall (besides maybe Russell Westbrook). Celtics’ point guard, Kyrie Irving, is a better overall scorer and after Boston’s hot start, it might be hard to keep Irving out of the starting rotation but I truthfully believe if Wall didn’t get injured recently, his all-around game should lift him above the rest to be the East’s starting point guard this year.
Guards: Bradley Beal
Decision: Known as one of the best three point shooters in the league, shooting guard Bradley Beal has continued his strong scoring ways to start off the 2017 season. I was VERY tempted to give this spot to Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo, who is also having an all-star caliber year himself. However, I’ve always been a big fan of the Washington Wizards’ guard duo, who I believe is a top-3 frontcourt in the entire NBA. Not only just a three point shooter anymore, Beal has developed himself into a well-rounded scoring threat for the Washington Wizards. If Beal can continue to put up big numbers, he may very well be on the way to his first All-Star selection in a depleted Eastern Conference and the tandem of Wall/Beal have the ability to lead the Wizards to their first conference championship since 1979.
Guards: Kemba Walker
Decision: In my opinion, one of the most underrated point guards in the NBA, I believe Kemba Walker is definitely a top 10 point guard in the league today. Currently ranked in the top seven for both points and assists in the Eastern Conference, Kemba should receive his second straight All-Star game appearance in 2018. Walker might be short in stature but when he’s driving to the lane with a full head of steam, he can compete and put it over any man of any size. Plus, he’s from the Bronx, has a dope name and I saw him play in high school, so extra bonus points for Kemba for being a local New Yorker, like me. I always knew I would love Kemba a long time ago, after watching him in his days with UConn, creating magical moments in the tournaments at MSG. Plus, Kemba is a dope name.