The 2016-17 NBA All Star game starters have been announced. A big surprise for most NBA fans is that Russell Westbrook will not start in New Orleans. Yes, you’re hearing this correctly, an MVP candidate and a man that’s averaging a triple double will not be starting. The starters are mostly voted on by the fans, so the man who is starting is the two-time MVP Stephen Curry. The Golden State Warriors are the most popular team in the NBA, so their star players have a really good chance to start the All Star game.

Let’s compare Steph’s stats to Russell’s stats. Steph is averaging 24.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and is shooting almost 40 percent from three. Russell is averaging a monstrous 30.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists, while shooting 42.3 percent on his shots. James Harden may have taken Westbrook’s well- deserved spot, as well. James Harden is also having an MVP-type season with 28.9 points, 8.3, 11.6 assists, and his team is third in the western conference.

For the backcourt starters:

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors – When you think about some of the players who have dominated the NBA the past couple of seasons, you have to think of Stephen Curry, the point guard for best NBA regular season team in NBA history, the Golden State Warriors. He has been the MVP of the league for the past two seasons and has proven to be a huge threat when he is behind the three-point arc. For this season, he hasn’t slowed down, it’s just that the addition of Kevin Durant in the offseason has given him less touches. He has been excellent this season with 24.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and he has set the record for most threes in a game ever with 13.

James Harden, Houston Rockets – Harden is currently a front-runner for MVP. He improved his team and his play drastically. The Houston Rockets finished 8th in the Western Conference last year with a record of 41-41. They are now third in the Western Conference and have already won 33 games. He has been nothing short of excellent this season putting up 13 triple doubles already. He’s put up 28.9 points, 8.3 boards, and 11.6 assists.

For the frontcourt starters:

Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors – Durant is one of the most hated players in the NBA as of right now. He signed with the already NBA finals-caliber team this summer. He has definitely improved the Warriors. He’s still the same Durant as when he was in Oklahoma City, and he might be even better. It’s just that when you play on a team with that many guys who can score the ball, your stats will suffer. He is averaging 26.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 dimes and is shooting 54.4 percent from the field, including 40.5 percent from downtown.

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs – Leonard is the reigning consecutive two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He can guard any position and is the perfect two-way player you would want on your team. He has now been given the green light with the Spurs after legend Tim Duncan retired. He has been solid for his team this season and has been performing at a really high level averaging 24.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and close to two steals a game.

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans – When you think of a monster, you should think about Anthony Davis. He can do it all on both ends of the court at the young age of 23. He is on a small island by himself in New Orleans. He could be the MVP if he had a bigger island with some good friends. He has thrown up 28.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 2.4 blocks a night.

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