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Projecting the 2018 NBA All-Stars

West Reserves – Guards

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Guards: Stephen Curry

Decision: The 2-time MVP, Stephen Curry, could easily be the starting point guard for the Western squad and we’ll see how the voting turns out. However, I feel like last year’s MVP (Russ) was snubbed a starting role in 2017 so it would be nice to see Westbrook get redemption and start in 18’. Nevertheless, Curry is still the best pure shooter I have ever seen and continues to be one of the most popular players in the NBA. Curry has completely revolutionized long-distance shooting. Remember when you used to play basketball with your friends and someone would scream out JIMMER! Everyone knows now that Jimmer is no match for Steph and anything related to a long-distance three-pointer deals with Chef Curry. An unbelievable talent that will continue to be a top 5 player in the league, definitely gets his 5th All-Star appearance in 2018.

Guards: Damien Lillard

Decision: Is this the year Damien Lillard finally gets an all-star selection? I really, really hope so. He’s deserved it for quite some time now. However, the surplus of all-star point guards in the Western Conference has always denied access for Young Dame. With Chris Paul and Mike Conley missing substantial time this year with injuries, I believe this is the season Lillard finally gets in. One of the most underrated and best offensive point guards in the game, I think Lillard needs a big-time market to put his talent on the national map.

Guards: CJ McCollum

Decision: It would be kind of messed up if McCollum got his first all-star selection before teammate Damien Lillard but it certainly is possible. As you can see above, I believe this is the year BOTH get in but it’s definitely possible one or the other gets in as well. McCollum is a fantastic shooter and he and Lillard together create one of the best backcourts across the entire NBA. If the 2016 Most Improved Player keeps playing the way he has in the opening months, he certainly has a chance of playing for the Western squad.

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Jake Montgomery (23 - Bellerose, New York) has been a die-hard sports fan since he could swing a bat and toss the pigskin. He graduated from Adelphi University in May 2016 with a B.A. in Communications and a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. His career objective is to combine his passion for sports with his business and on-air abilities to gain experience in the various facets of sports journalism and sports broadcasting. Jake started off his sports broadcasting career as a Promotions Assistant for WFAN Sports Radio (2013-2017). After several years with the FAN, Jake has recently begun a new chapter in his life – 98.7FM ESPN New York. Starting in early April 2017, Jake has already assisted in various promotions and remote broadcasts for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. As a teenager and young adult, Jake was also a successful on-camera and voiceover actor. He is currently a member of SAG-AFTRA Union and has been featured in over 50 television and radio commercials, including Trix Yogurt, Lucky Charms Cereal and even a New York Rangers commercial that aired back in 2006. While Jake follows all sports teams, he is a major fan of the following: New York Yankees (MLB) New York Giants (NFL) and New York Knicks (NBA). He will cover all three of these major sports for KeepingItRealSports.com.

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