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Naidu: Faux All-Stars

If the NBA wants it’s increasingly tangential All-Star game to retain any credibility, it must reduce the impact of fan voting on the game’s starters. Lonzo Ball, shooting is averaging 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game with a 12.17 Player Efficiency Rating (PER) for the bottom-five Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard of the sixth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers is posting 25, 6.5 and 4.8 with a PER of 22.82. Ball received more than 27 thousand more votes than Lillard. Meanwhile, fellow Lakers’ rookie Kyle Kuzma out-voted Minnesota Karl-Anthony Towns, in the league’s first returns of fan voting, despite Towns’ scoring four more points per game with a PER nearly nine points higher.

Rosas: Jazz can find their rhythm, but Northwest is Thunder’s to lose

Three years ago, the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors, edged out the Memphis Grizzlies by one win to capture the last spot in the NBA playoffs, at a total of 51 wins. Now, the once deep western conference faces a downshift in competition, with the likes of the Thunder and the Spurs, a combined 122 wins between the two, definitely loosening the concentrations of victories to a number of up and coming franchises.

Teo: Five takeaways from the 2015 NBA Draft

The 2015 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft featured a great deal of variety in size and skillset, as well as a great deal of talent. Defensive stud Karl Anthony-Towns from Kentucky, who, as expected, took first in the draft, 8th-pick athletic wing Stanley Johnson from Arizona and 13th-pick 3-point phenom Devin Booker were just a…