Team LeBron v.s. Team Giannis Player Grades

NBA All-Star 2019: Who Team LeBron and Team Giannis picked last (Image: GETTY)

The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend is officially over with Team LeBron taking the 178-164 win against Team Giannis. Kevin Durant walked away with the game’s MVP honors. They managed a pulled off a surprising comeback against the underdog Team Giannis. 

Will Holtz and I graded each individual’s performance tonight. I covered Team Giannis and Will covered Team LeBron. 

 

Team LeBron Starters:

LeBron James – A-

LeBron was in contention for the MVP award with 19 points and 8 rebounds. He received lobs from two former teammates in Kyrie Irving and Dwyane Wade as well as throwing one himself to Wade.

Kevin Durant – A+

KD took home the All-Star Game MVP, scoring 31 points on 6 three-pointers and delivering the dagger to Team Giannis in the 4th Quarter hitting 3 from deep late in the game.

James Harden – C

Harden had 12 points on 4-13 shooting from the 3-point line. All his shots were from deep and most of them came from iso plays. He’s been more exciting during the regular season than in this game.

Kyrie Irving – B-

Kyrie finished with 13 points and led Team LeBron in rebounds with 9. Late in the 4th, Irving threw an alley-oop to LeBron, all but confirming “Kyrie to LA”.

Kawhi Leonard – B+

Kawhi was able to knock down 5 threes in route to scoring 19 points. He started to heat up from deep in the 4th Quarter hitting 3 of his 5 threes down the stretch.

 

Reserves:

Anthony Davis – D-

AD played just 5 minutes in the All-Star game scoring 5 points. He was questionable to play coming into the game due to a shoulder injury.

Damian Lillard – A

You could argue that Lillard deserved the MVP just as much as KD did. “Dame” finished with 18 points off 6 threes. He, like many, got it going in the 2nd Half draining 3 threes from near half-court in the 3rd Quarter.

Klay Thompson – A

Klay Thompson showed off his stellar shooting ability hitting 6 threes on his way to 20 points.

Ben Simmons – A+

Ben Simmons had a very quiet near triple-double. He finished with 10 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds while shooting 100% from the field in only 17 minutes. If he got more playing time, he would have been in consideration for MVP.

Bradley Beal – C+

Beal played similarly to Harden. He scored 11 points on 4-11 shooting. Whenever he touched the ball, he looked desperate to shoot.

LaMarcus Aldridge – C

Aldridge didn’t play bad, but he wasn’t much fun to watch either. He scored 2 points in 11 minutes. His game isn’t very flashy, and it’s not fit for the All-Star game.

Karl-Anthony Towns – A-

“KAT” was super effective in his 11 minutes of play scoring 11 points and throwing down a couple massive dunks that got the crowd on its feet.

Dwyane Wade – B+

Wade had a fitting end to his NBA All-Star career. He scored 7 points and dished out 4 assists in his 10 minutes on the court. He threw a lob to former teammate LeBron James as well as receiving an oop from LeBron. Both players were determined to create at least a few highlights plays together and they certainly did just that.

Team Giannis Starters:

Giannis Antetokounmpo: A+

The Greek Freak skill set was on full display Sunday night against Team LeBron. Gianni would have won the MVP award have not Team LeBron make their stellar comeback. Gianni finished with a monster stat line tonight with a game-high 38 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

Not to mention, he and Stephen Curry had the play of the night that should top SportsCenter Top 10.

Paul George: A

Paul George finished tied for second alongside Khris Middleton for the team’s second leading scorer with 20 points. George even gave James Harden a taste of his own medicine, delivering the same silky smooth setback three-point shot that Harden’s been destroying the league with.

Joel Embiid: B

Embiid had himself a solid night totaling a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, however, he seemed to be going with the motions and seemed uninterested at times. Still, Embiid did what he could for Team Giannis.

Stephen Curry: A

Curry had himself a memorable night, falling short of the triple-double with 17 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. He also assisted on the play of the night to Giannis with a filthy pass for the dunk. He was defiantly in talks for the games MVP honors.

Kemba Walker: C+

Charlotte’s own Kemba Walker finished the night with a game-high eight assists and four points. The Hornet guard passing skills were on display. Would’ve been nice to see him go more out for a few more buckets.

Reserves:

D’Angelo Russell: C

Two years removed from being traded by the Los Angeles Lakers, D’Angelo Russell was named an All-Star injury replacement for Victor Oladipo. The Brooklyn Nets’ guard didn’t have an impact on the game which will happen when playing behind Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry, and Kemba Walker.

Russell finished with six points and three assists in only 12 minutes of action.

Khris Middleton: A

In his first All-Star game, Khris Middleton was LIGHTS OUT from behind the arc. The Milwaukee forward must’ve been still warmed up from last nights’ Three-Point Contest as he knocked down his first four shots from behind the arc.

Middleton finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists, hopefully, this won’t be the last time we see Middleton in the All-Star game.

Dirk Nowitzki: B

With this being his last All-Star game, Dirk Nowitzki reminded of us the old days. Although he only played four minutes, Nowitzki knocked down all three of his shots from behind the arc finishing with nine points.

Dirk will finish his career with 14 All-Star selections and tied for fourth all-time for All-Star games played.

Nikola Jokic: B-

Jokic finished on a light note with six points and nine rebounds in 13 minutes of work. Surely, this will not be the last we see of possibly the most versatile center in the league in an All-Star uniform.

Blake Griffin: B-

For one of the greatest dunkers of all time Griffin didn’t wow the crowd as he usually does in the past, still, the Detroit Pistons forward is very deserving of the selection with his eye-popping play for them.

Griffin finished his night with 10 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Kyle Lowry: D+

This was not a memorable All-Star game for Lowry. The Toronto Raptor’s point guard finished with only three points in 13 minutes of work.

Nikola Vucevic: C

In his first All-Star game Vucevic didn’t really stand out for Team Giannis, he did, however, knock down both of his shots and totaled five rebounds. If he continues this season’s play for future seasons this shouldn’t be the last of Vucevic in the All-Star game.

Russell Westbrook: B+

My personal pick for All-Star MVP this year was actually trying to get his teammates involved more than focusing on his own scoring. There were a few questionable times where he could’ve exploded for a dunk but decided to pass off.

Still, Westbrook was great tonight finishing with 17 points.

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