As Dwayne Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, and many more all-stars head towards retirement, new young players are set to replace them in future all-star games.
From watching the NBA Rising Stars game, it was pleasing to know that the future of the NBA is in good hands. With many rookies and sophomores already impressing the league, it’s exciting to wonder what they will look like once they finally hit their prime.
Now, here are my predictions for the next 4 players to make their first all-star appearance next season.
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
A shooter and a dunker, Zach not only has the perks of an all-star but also a three-point contestant and a slam dunk contestant as well. With Chicago hosting all-star weekend next year, it is expected to see some hometown players participate in the events just as Kemba Walker did in Charlotte this year.
As a ball-dominant player, Zach feels like a player who would win an All-star game mvp one day, especially since he was awarded the mvp trophy at the Rising Stars game in 2016.
Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls
Another Bull joins the fray. Lauri is a phenomenal three-point shooter who should definitely be invited to the three-point contest. Averaging more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game this year should be foresight for the following season. If he can keep these stats up for next season and finally start winning games, there’s no doubt in my mind that Lauri should ultimately make an All-star appearance in front of his hometown fans in 2020.
De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
De’Aaron has become a young star almost out of nowhere. His rookie year was sluggish and he could barely shoot the ball. He had all the perks to one day become a great basketball player. Who knew that day would come so soon?
De’Aaron has lead his team to a 30-27 record, putting them at the 9th seed in the west, one seed out of the playoffs. If he can continue contributing greater numbers for greater wins, then De’Aaron should be a lock for the All-star game next year.
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic is the best rookie the NBA has seen since Lebron James in 2003. He makes unbelievable plays that look impossible to make. His ability to make such plays is even more impressive considering the fact that he has average athleticism.
Even Dallas understands the potential he possesses. Dallas traded their young point guard who they had drafted the year before just because he didn’t mesh well with Luka! Now that’s commitment! And that commitment should lead to an All-star appearance!