Updated: Aug 5
Every year there are up and coming players who take All-star spots away from veterans. In 2019-2020 it was Bam Adebayo, Domantas Sabonis, and Jayson Tatum just to name a few.
This year the competition will be much harder. Lots of players were robbed and many were injured. These are the players I beleive will be All-stars who weren't last year: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and KAT.
Now, these are the players I believe who have had their last run at an All-star team or will be taking a break from the team for a while.
1. Kemba Walker
The East has the Brooklyn Nets. That means 2 more All-stars this year: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Kemba Walker's numbers this year were not great. He only averaged 20 points and 5 assists. That's not great for an All-star starter. Not to mention, that the Celtics have Jayson Tatum, who many believe can be a superstar. The Celtics also have Jalen Brown, who almost made the All-star team last year as well. Since the Celtics are such a young team, I don't think there is enough room for Kemba.
2. Rudy Gobert
Gobert has been the embarrassment of the NBA. The whole thing with touching the microphones and not taking the coronavirus seriously has been horrible for him. His chemistry with Donovan Mitchell has been poor and the Jazz might trade him. And even if he does not get traded, though, he is a solid player and 2x DPOY, I don't think he will get the votes.
3. Domantas Sabonis
As I said before the East is too competitive with players. With Oladipo coming back it will be hard for Sabonis to make the team again (even though the All-star game is in Indianapolis). Sabonis's numbers were not even that good last year: 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. Although solid, not good enough for this year.
4. Brandon Ingram
2 words: ZION WILLIAMSON. Zion's inevitable votes will take away some from Ingram. Also, Zion will definitely get better and put up better numbers, most likely over 20 points per game. And with Brandon Ingram only averaging 24 points and 6 rebounds. Zion might put up better numbers than Ingram and thus make Ingram fail to make the team for 2 years in a row.
5. Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry is getting old (34) and thus past his prime. Pascal Sikam looks to be a promising star for the Raptors and will most likely make the All-star team again. There are four players in the East that are better than Lowry and didn't make the All-star team last year: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, and Zach LaVine. Lowry's past his prime and I think that his time on the All-star team is done.