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NBA All-Star Voting: Expert picks for Western Conference Starters

Voting for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game opened on Christmas Day and runs through Jan. 21.

MORE: How to vote for 2019 NBA All-Star Game

Our NBA.com staff weighs in on who they would pick for starters in the Western Conference. For our picks in the Eastern Conference, click here.

Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13): The frontcourt is easy. LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis will be the starters. Nikola Jokic has been nice, but he's not touching those three.

Things get tricky in the backcourt. Although he's missed 11 games, Stephen Curry gets one of the spots. The greatest shooter in NBA history could very well end up having the greatest shooting season of his career, a terrifying thought given that very skill is what led to him becoming the only unanimous MVP in league history.

My second backcourt spot goes to Paul George. What's that you say? He's listed as a frontcourt player? Bah humbug. What's the difference between a two and a three anyways in today's NBA and given that Oklahoma City looks to be a legitimate threat in the West even with Russell Westbrook missing significant time, I'm throwing George a bone. He's averaging career highs in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals while quarterbacking an elite defence despite the absence of wing stopper Andre Roberson.

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Gilbert McGregor (@GMcGregor21): This isn't groundbreaking by any means, but I'm going with Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant and LeBron James to start in the frontcourt.

As for the backcourt, it's impossible to go against Stephen Curry, even though he's missed over one-third of the Warriors' games this season. He's averaging 28.6 points per game while shooting almost 50 percent from the field and is on pace to have a career-best shooting season from 3-point range as well, which would be a pretty ridiculous feat in itself.

While on the topic of scoring leaders, I'm gonna give the other backcourt spot to James Harden, who's leading the league with 32.7 points per game. Harden's Rockets have struggled out of the gate but on an individual level, he's put up some ridiculous stat lines. Let's not forget this is the league's reigning MVP we're talking about here.

Kyle Irving (@KyleIrv_): It's easier to apologize to Nikola Jokic and Paul George upfront because despite how well they have both played, there are ZERO frontcourt spots up for grabs in my (and clearly all of our) opinion(s).

LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis will surely be the three fowards selected to start for the West and it does not need much more explaining. They're three of the best players in the world who are all playing at the exact level you'd expect them to.

The backcourt doesn't seem to have much wiggle room either - I'm going with Stephen Curry and James Harden.

Sure, Curry has missed some games but the Warriors are a noticibly better team when he's on the court. They're 18-7 in games Curry plays and 5-6 in games he doesn't. Is there any other argument needed?

As for Harden, he has single-handedly turned around the Rockets season over the past week or so and he has not cooled off one bit since winning the MVP a season ago.

Carlan Gay (@TheCarlanGay): Give me LeBron, KD and Anthony Davis in the frontcourt. There can be an argument made from Nikola Jokic and honestly Paul George. Both of them have been terrific and even though they made not get the fan votes, hopefully, their peers and coaches give them the support they need to be close to starting.

Even though Stephen Curry has missed a portion of games, I think he's done enough to start once again in the backcourt and should still be in the mix for league MVP. The second guard spot deserves to go to Russell Westbrook. I mean the dude is averaging a triple-double again - he also leads the league in assists. The Thunder should have a top four record by the time February rolls around and if George doesn't get to start in the frontcourt, Russ should get to represent OKC in the backcourt.

Scott Rafferty (@crabdribbles): It looks like we're all in agreement on the frontcourt, because I'm also rolling with LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis. I'd love to see Nikola Jokic start - he's played well enough to be mentioned - but it's hard to compete with three of the six best players in the league.

In the backcourt, Stephen Curry gets the first spot. While he's missed a decent amount of games, he's played at an MVP level when he's been on the court. Not only is Curry averaging around 30 points per game on almost 50.0 percent shooting from 3-point range, the Golden State Warriors have been a ridiculous 12.0 points per 100 possessions better with him on the court.

For the other spot, I'm going with James Harden. As much of a disapointment as the Houston Rockets have been this season, they are starting to make their way back up the Western Conference standings thanks to Harden, who has taken his game to another level in the month of December with averages of 35.5 points, 7.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game.

As Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni talked about on Christmas Day, Harden is playing some of the best basketball of his career right now.

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