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Comparing Zach LaVine to Other Potential Eastern Conference All-Stars

Out of these three players, who deserves an All-Star Game selection?

It’s been a hot topic around the league and among fans everywhere. Is Zach LaVine an All-Star? Some will say yes, some will say no, but what do the numbers say? The two main threats to Zach’s potential All-Star bid are Trae Young and Bradley Beal. Both players are worthy opponents who could keep him out, but considering the All-Star Game is in Chicago, it should give Zach the extra nudge he needs.

Trae Young: PG, Atlanta Hawks

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Per Game Table
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2019-2021ATLNBAPG404035.19.320.9.4473.59.3.3735.911.5.508.5317.18.4.8390.64.04.78.61.20.14.81.629.2
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Generated 1/22/2020.

Trae Young has been on an absolute tear this season. Though his Atlanta Hawks have the worst record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, he’s done everything he can to help will his team to victory. The stats are above and damn impressive, but with his team’s record being so poor, he’s on the bubble.

Averaging 29 PPG and 8.6 APG (career-best) on a struggling team is no easy feat, and Young’s advanced stats back up how good he has been.

Advanced Table
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG%   OWS DWS WS WS/48   OBPM DBPM BPM VORP
2019-2021ATLNBAPG40140423.9.594.447.4031.912.47.144.31.60.316.434.73.30.53.8.1307.4-2.45.02.5
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Generated 1/22/2020.

All in all, Trae has had a great season. But with his team having the worst record in the East, the nod may go to LaVine.

Bradley Beal: SG, Washington Wizards

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Bradley Beal is a two-time NBA All-Star and a cornerstone of the Wizards franchise. He is averaging 27.2 PPG, 6.3 APG, and 4.5 RPG in the 2019-20 NBA season. Beal is also averaging a career-best in both PPG and APG this season without being able to play alongside star point guard John Wall.

Beal has battled some injuries this year, but he has done everything he can to help his team win games. The Wizards currently sit at 11th place in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, so postseason hopes are looking dim in the nation’s capital.

Advanced Table
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG%   OWS DWS WS WS/48   OBPM DBPM BPM VORP
2019-2026WASNBASG35124020.8.556.370.3453.011.16.929.11.30.811.932.42.30.02.3.0894.1-3.01.11.0
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Generated 1/22/2020.

Beal’s advanced stats are still that of an All-Star, but they are not the best out of the three players up for discussion. Zach LaVine will likely receive his first All-Star nod over Beal.

Zach LaVine: SG, Chicago Bulls

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Zach LaVine has been on an absolute tear this season. He has been the only consistent offensive player for the Chicago Bulls and has rallied his team to victory on numerous occasions. LaVine also touts career-highs in PPG and 3P%.

Per Game Table
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2019-2024CHINBASG454534.18.619.4.4453.17.9.3885.611.5.484.5234.65.6.8290.74.04.73.91.50.53.22.225.0
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Generated 1/22/2020.

The Chicago Bulls currently rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, so like the other players on this list, LaVine’s team is on outside looking in when it comes to the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Advanced Table
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG%   OWS DWS WS WS/48   OBPM DBPM BPM VORP
2019-2024CHINBASG45153619.9.570.407.2872.113.47.520.92.11.312.731.41.71.83.5.1102.7-0.62.11.6
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Generated 1/22/2020.

Zach has truly emerged as a team leader this year and has demanded the ball in crunch time to help will his team to victory.

All the players on this list are undoubtedly deserving, but the All-Star selection needs to go to Zach LaVine. The game is in Chicago, he has balled out this year, and quite frankly it would be great for the city of Chicago to have a representative in the game.


I'm Buzz. I like to drink, watch the Bulls, Sox, BlackHawks, and Bears. That's about it. So, let's #Crackum. Follow @BuzzOnTap on twitter to drink some beers and watch some games.

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