Fair or unfair, those coaches will dictate whether a player like Jaylen Brown will earn a $1.3 million bonus for getting selected to his first All-Star Game. Of course, the play of Brown on the court, the success of the Celtics and the competition among guards play a big role. The fifth-year guard is having a career season, averaging 26 points per game on 41.4% shooting from 3-point range. He ranks No. 1 among Eastern Conference shooting guards in real plus-minus. Brown should be a lock to get selected. His main competition for the four potential backcourt spots (that is if the two wild-card spots go to a guard) should come from Ben Simmons, James Harden, Trae Young, Zach LaVine and Malcolm Brogdon.
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Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel says he hasn’t looked at the second-half schedule in depth yet, but says he isn’t too worried about the difficulty of it. “I know every team in the league is playing 72 games.” (depending on cancellations, this may not be true)
Jovan Buha: I asked Frank Vogel pregame if the Lakers are looking at a specific position or player archetype with their two empty roster spots. His answer: “We’re just looking at what players are available. I’m not gonna discuss any types of needs that we’re discussing internally.”