NBA All-Star 2023: Early picks for the Eastern Conference

the 72nd NBA All Star Game will take place Sunday, Feb. 19, in Salt Lake City. With voting officially open, The Crossover staff weighs in on potential starters and first-time All-Stars in the East. (We’ll break down the West on Wednesday.)

1. Who would get your early votes for the East’s two starting backcourt spots?

Howard Beck: Jaylen Brown other Donovan Mitchell. Brown is a co-anchor of the NBA’s most efficient offense, and one of the best two-way wings in the league. Mitchell’s arrival in Cleveland has lifted the Cavaliers from a young/fun breakthrough team to legit power in the east. At this early stage, I’d give them the nod over perennial All-Stars James Harden (too many missed games), Kyrie Irving (ditto) and Trae Young (sinking efficiency).

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