NBA Draft: Impact on 2018 All Star Game

Now that the NBA draft has come and gone for 2018, how valuable of a tool is the draft really as far as building a team? How valuable is the lottery or is it easy to find hidden gems later in the draft?

Using the 2018 all star game as a sample size, we look at where each all stat was drafted and how they were ultimately acquired. This shows just how impactful the draft could be, especially in comparison to other player acquisition methods, like free agency and trades.

Is the lottery the only way to find an all star? Maybe! Well, not the only way but perhaps the easiest. 82% of the 2018 all stars were drafted in the lottery. 43% were drafted in the top 3.

Out of 28 all stars, in 2018, here is the overall breakdown

  • 5 players #1 overall
    • Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony Towns
  • 12 top three picks
    • James, Irving, Wall, Davis, Towns, Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, Al Horford, Victor Oladipo, James Harden Kevin Durant, Lamarcus Aldridge
  • 23 lottery picks
    • in addition to the 12 above – Kristaps Porzingis, Paul George, Demar Derozan, Andre Drummond, Kemba Walker, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Demarcus Cousins, Damian Lillard
      • Of the 23 lottery picks, only 1 fell between 11-14 (Klay Thompson was 11)
      • of the 23 lottery picks, 16 were top 5
        • Beyond the 12 players in top 3 listed above, this list includes Porzingis, Love, Westbrook, Cousins
  • 2 second round picks
    • Goran Dragic, Draymond Green
  • 3 non-lottery first round picks
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler

How each all star was acquired by current team represented in game (out of 28):

  • 16 all stars are still with the teams that draft them (Derozan, James, Embiid, Porzingis, Thompson, Curry, Westbrook, Davis, Towns, Drummond, Walker, Green, Antekounmpo, Lillard, Wall, Beal)
  • 9 all stars were traded (Oladipo, Love, George, Butler, Dragic, Irving, Cousins, Harden, Lowry)
  • 3 all stars were signed as free agents (Horford, Durant, Aldridge)

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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