NBA – Jazzed by LeBron James and MVP candidate: Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) ready to ‘re-show’ All-Star Game

With his “alley-oop” dunks on a trampoline, his jiu-jitsu basket in the middle of traffic and his towering palm tree dreadlocks since he was 22, new NBA star Ja Morant will try to “repeat” an All-Star game Race drops with interest. The Grizzlies point guard, a rookie in 2020, had a solid third season (26.8 points, 6.9 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 interceptions), which largely explains the equally stellar performance. Memphis, third in the Western Conference.

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So it’s naturally the most popular during a vote by the public, players and reporters aimed at identifying the ten holders of the All-Star Game that will be held in Cleveland on Sunday. 2016 Cavaliers champion LeBron James (Lakers) will have an equally promising return in his 18th appearance, now one of the records of legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The “King” recently witnessed Morant’s stunning stance during early January’s win over the Los Angeles Grizzlies (119-127): His 15-year-old junior fought back very high with two hands , like the volleyball player, Avery Bradley’s two attempts. The photo, which has gone around the world, shows the ball being taped to the chessboard, taller than the white rectangle drawn on it.

as if stalking its prey

His timing is good. It’s like he’s stalking his prey…I didn’t know he could do something like that. He has a reactor on his calf.It’s a spectacular move“, praised Master James. Immediately, Morant showed that he also knows how to defend, and he often delights basketball fans with impressive dunks at the end of the counterattack. A specialty of the Grizzlies, one of the best defenses in the league League, he’s good at playing fast in transition.

His dunks have rarely been in the NBA’s top 10 since the start of the season. With force, Morant can easily enter the top ten by himself. The accolades keep falling on him, former Lakers icon Magic Johnson was a big purveyor of ‘showtime’ in the ’80s, and he thinks “He established himself as the most exciting player in the league“.

Harden, Green and Durant Package

With Morant, renewed curiosity about the All-Star Game, which, however, has lost its luster for a few years, is undergoing a generational update, selected among 24 first-time entrants. 7. Like Morant, Andrew Wiggins is one of the powerhouses of the Warriors’ overall revival, and he’ll be his first holder.

Andrew Wiggins (Warriors) and Ja Morant (Grizzlies) will be teammates in the All-Star Game

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Fred VanVleet (Toronto), Darius Garland (Cleveland) and Jarrett after injuries to James Harden, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant’s wraps Allen (Cleveland), Dejounte Murray (San Antonio) and LaMelo Ball (Charlotte) come off the bench. Aside from Morant, Ball and Garland, the newcomers haven’t really caused excitement . But the big-name players absent due to injury, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, seldom Great show in the star game.

Morant is MVP?

Since 2018, the traditional East-West game has disappeared, replaced by a confrontation between two teams named after their captains, voted on by fans. Everyone will take turns choosing to surround his players, no matter which conference they come from.

If this principle, looking back on all the playgrounds in the world, is refreshing, it doesn’t avoid the trap of repetition, because the “Team LeBron” top five will be nearly identical to 2021, with James, Giannis Antetokounmpo , Stephen Curry and Nikola Jokic, DeMar DeRozan invited himself to replace Luka Doncic but was recalled by “LBJ”.

‘Team Durant’, even though Joel Embiid is the strongest player in the NBA right now, doesn’t seem to be that strong on paper, especially Jayson Tatum, Trae Young, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert. Unless Ja Morant goes all out, because he makes no secret of his goal: to be the MVP of this All-Star Game.

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