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Projecting the 2018 NBA All-Stars

East Reserves – Centers


Centers: Joel Embiid

Decision: “Trust the process” they said. “It would be fun” they said. Well, after years’ of tanking, it looks like the 76ers are finally competitive again. In large part to Joel Embiid. When healthy, Embiid is without a doubt a top center in the entire league. Key words though. When healthy*. Embiid was the best “rookie” last year and would have hands down been the Rookie of the Year if he didn’t miss half of the season. But so far in 2017-2018, he HAS been healthy and he has absolutely dominated the competition. Embiid continues to amaze with his play on the court and his words off of it – his twitter game is almost as poppin’ as mine. In my opinion, one of the funniest players in the league, Embiid has certainly backed up his goofy attitude with his powerful play on the court. Along with young stud Ben Simmons, Embiid has 76ers fans excited for the first time in a long time. If Embiid continues to play the way he has throughout the entire first half, I believe he certainly gets his first All-Star selection.

Centers: Andre Drummond

Decision: While Drummond has improved his overall game almost every season since entering the league, it still seems like for some reason that Drummond isn’t living up to his own potential. Nevertheless, he’s still a marvelous basketball player, especially in the rebound department. He currently leads the East in rebounds with 14.8 per game and is averaging a double-double for the season with 14.0 points per game. One weakness of Drummond’s game over his career however has been his free throw shooting. There have been some horrendous free throw shooters in NBA history. Shaq, DeAndre Jordan, Ben Wallace, to name a few.. But none are worse than Andre Drummond (statistically), who’s 38% from the charity stripe is the worst free-throw percentage of all-time. If Drummond fixes this problem, he then becomes one of the most elite centers in the entire league.

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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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