Mavs’ Luka Doncic, Celtics’ Jayson Tatum lead ESPN prediction as ‘most likely first-time All-Stars’
Dallas Mavericks point-forward Luka Doncic and Boston Celtics swingman Jayson Tatum will likely get their first All-Star honors in the upcoming 2019-20 season, according to ESPN’s comprehensive preseason predictions.
The two rising stars lead the ESPN voting for the “most likely first-time All-Stars” in their respective conferences. The rest of the list features equally exciting players, however.
- Jayson Tatum | Boston Celtics: 68.2%
- Pascal Siakam | Toronto Raptors: 68.2%
- Trae Young | Atlanta Hawks: 54.5%
- Tobias Harris | Philadelphia 76ers: 40.9%
- Myles Turner | Indiana Pacers: 27.3%
Mavs fans and the rest of the league assume that this prediction is more of a formality on Doncic’s end. The Slovenian wonder boy, who averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists in his debut campaign, finished third overall in the 2019 All-Star game voting. Fans love the way he plays and, he will surely get more votes once the 2020 All-Star voting opens all over again.
Tatum will also become a lock for All-Star selection if he improves on his production a little more. His overall scoring in his sophomore season improved, but his 3-point shooting took a dip. However, we can expect Tatum to only get better as he takes on the task of becoming one of the primary options on the Celtics’ offense.
Looking at the rest of the list, there are names that definitely catch your eye. Both Rudy Gobert and Tobias Harris have been unbelievable for their respective teams, so it’s a surprise that neither of them have gotten an All-Star nod.
Zion Williamson is another interesting pick. The 19-year-old is considered by some to be a generational talent, but he is yet to play a minute of NBA action. Nonetheless, a couple of solid games would see his chances of making the All-Star game rise. After all, he is sure to get a lot of fan votes.
Only time will tell if this prediction will come true, but one this is for sure: it will be an exciting 2019-20 campaign.