1. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers
Sabonis’ per-game averages don’t look bad at all, as the two-time All-Star is averaging a double-double at 17.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, some of his numbers have slid downhill in what has been a very difficult season for the Pacers.
Say what you will about Nate Bjorkgren during his tenure with Indiana, but he managed to get the most out of Sabonis. Sabonis’ numbers are down across the board when compared to 2020-21, and Rick Carlisle has Indiana on the outside looking in when referring to the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby, Domantas Sabonis will compete for votes.
Anunoby was always a player that provided a greater impact on the game than the traditional box score stats would indicate. Now that he’s starting to come into his own as a scorer, he can go head-to-head against players with the pedigree of Sabonis when it comes to some of the individual award races.
If both teams put up All-Star numbers on teams that aren’t postseason locks, the rosters in Cleveland may only have room for one of them. Given his superior scoring and top-shelf defense, Anunoby has all of the qualifications to continue his breakout season and be named an All-Star for the first time over Sabonis.