All-Star 2021

NBA All-Star Game 2021: Using a blind resume to select the starting Western Conference backcourt

The voting window is open to select the starters for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game and wow, do you have a decision on your hands.

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The voting process is never easy because of how much talent there is in the league. In selecting the starting lineups, it's even more difficult trying to pick just five players (two guards and three frontcourt players) in each conference that deserve a nod.

In recent years, voting for the Western Conference has been particularly tough. This year specifically, selecting just two guards for the backcourt will be quite the challenge.

There are at least three guards that deserve your consideration for the two starting backcourt spots. With this blind resume, you'll be able to put bias aside and pick strictly based off of numbers.

Here's how it works: I'll present you with three stat lines of Western Conference guards from the 2020-21 season. 'Player A' is at the top, followed by 'Player B' underneath and 'Player C' at the bottom. After a brief breakdown of who holds an advantage in certain areas, you'll have a moment to weigh your decision before each player is revealed.

Got it? Good. Let's do this.

2021 NBA All-Star Game blind resume

The Case

Player A: Ranking second among the three in scoring and rebounds while leading the way in steals and efficiency - FG%, 3P% and eFG% - Player A makes a strong case. It's worth noting that his rebounding average is the best of his career and his points per game average is the second-best mark of his career.

Player B: Although he ranks last out of the three in points per game, his well-rounded game gives him an edge over the competition. Long range efficiency isn't his strong suit, shooting 29.3% from 3-point range, but he leads all three players in assists and rebounds per game. His 46.4% shooting from the field and 9.4 assists average are the best marks of his career.

Player C: The points per game will immediately draw your attention. He also has the best free throw percentage and makes the most free throws per game. His assists average ranks second among the group and he averages the least amount of turnovers per game. His points, assists and rebounding averages are all the second-best of his career.

Make your picks

Who should start in the West backcourt?
Player A
Player B
Player C
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The Reveal

Player A: Stephen Curry

Player B: Luka Doncic

Player C: Damian Lillard

Are you happy with your decision?

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All three players are more than deserving of a starting spot, but only two can get the nod.

Lillard's Portland Trail Blazers own the best record of the group (11-9), followed by Curry's Golden State Warriors (11-10) and lastly, Doncic's Dallas Mavericks (8-13).

Curry and Doncic will each try and make their case when the Warriors and Mavericks go head-to-head on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, Lillard will continue to pursue a starting spot on the All-Star team when the Trail Blazers take on the first-place Philadelphia 76ers.

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