If there is a meaningful future for the All-Star Game, it should be in further exploring the range of this dopey anti-competition.
As Chicago and Milwaukee sit 90 miles away from each other, there is a dichotomy between both present and past of their respective NBA franchises.
The Cavaliers have surged since the turn of the calendar in large part due to Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen establishing themselves as their top two stars and others stepping into roles that complement their strengths.
Stephon Castle's biggest strength is his point of attack defense and his ability to make plays off the dribble. If his jumper develops, Castle can become a special NBA player.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was unassailable in the public realm, but he ultimately is more like other stars than previously imagined, and less the exception to their characteristic profile than assumed.