/Stephen Curry, Paul George highlight the early season All-Star team

Stephen Curry, Paul George highlight the early season All-Star team

The annual NBA All-Star Game features the top — and oftentimes most popular — NBA players from both conferences each February based on fan voting, which frequently makes the game more of a popularity contest than a true evaluation of talent.

Ignoring player popularity, we selected an early season All-Star team based strictly on talent and on-court performance so far this season.

Eastern Conference

G – Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors (21.0 points, 6.2 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 24.59 player efficiency rating)

Lowry has been one of the top guards in the East this season, averaging career highs in scoring, rebounding and three-point shooting.

G – Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls (20.2 points, 3.4 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 20.88 PER)

Despite being limited by injuries, Butler has carried the 11-5 Bulls to the second place spot in the East.

F – Paul George, Indiana Pacers (26.5 points, 4.3 assists, 8.2 rebounds, 25.04 PER)

George has been phenomenal for the Pacers this year, leading the East in scoring and showing no signs of slowing down. Recently named Eastern…

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