Super Star Bound 🌟
I was surprised but Jamal Murray has never been an All-Star…
At this point, we all know the big stars who will likely be in the NBA All-Star game but some so many good young players deserve some recognition. We’re going to go through the five players who deserve to get their first All-Star nod.
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1. Tyrese Maxey
While Joel Embiid is going to get most of the credit for the Philadelphia 76ers not missing a beat without James Harden and all the NBA rumors that surrounded him, Tyrese Maxey has also played a large role. He’s averaging a career-high 25.8 points a game and is deserving of an All-Star nod. The problem for Maxey is that there are some really good guards in the Eastern Conference right now so he could still miss the cut.
“He taught me a lot. I appreciate him for it. I still talk to him to this day, he still critiques the stuff that I do. All I can do is say thank you to him and I appreciate him.”
— Philly Sixers Galaxy (@sixers_galaxy) January 25, 2024
2. Jalen Brunson
Brunson’s breakout season was last year but he’s proving that it wasn’t a fluke. He’s up to 26.6 points in NBA games and has solidified himself as one of the best guards in the league. He likely deserves to be an All-Star this year but he’s not currently in the top five vote-getters for guards. Knicks fans need to rally around the guard and start voting for him if they want to see him make his first All-Star game.
Shaq on Jalen Brunson:
“He’s a bad motherf*****, I haven’t seen a small guy do whatever he wants to do since Allen Iverson.”
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) January 24, 2024
3. Paolo Banchero
One player who might be the most deserving of making his first All-Star despite not having the most eye-popping numbers is Paolo Banchero. The Orlando Magic have been a laughingstock for years but Banchero has led them to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference this year. They could be a real playoff team this season, which is kind of wild and would be huge NBA news. He’s only averaging 22.5 points a game but I think his impact on the Magic should earn him a spot on the All-Star team.
Paolo Banchero this season (44 GP):
Since 1980, just six other players have averaged 20/7/4 to start their sophomore season.
Of those six players, five made the all star team that same season.
The last two players to do it? Luka and Lebron.… pic.twitter.com/Hz4LsWeQ9F
— ORLmuse (@ORLmuse) January 25, 2024
4. Jamal Murray
I had to double-check this because I was surprised but Jamal Murray has never been an All-Star. Much of that is likely due to injuries plaguing his career early on but I think it’s time he gets his respects. He’s only averaging 21.3 points a game but is the second-best player on the defending champion Denver Nuggets. It’s time he gets his flowers, especially for what he did in the NBA playoffs last year.
Jamal Murray in January
3 games with 31+ PTS
6 games with 25+ PTS
8-3 Record (4-2 on the Road)
And he’s not an All-Star… pic.twitter.com/c8eiOkSV7C
— Nuggets World 🌎 (@NuggetsWorldd) January 25, 2024
5. Mikal Bridges
Nobody in the NBA cares about defense anymore but I do and that’s why I think Mikal Bridges deserves his first All-Star nod. He’s developed into a star for the Brooklyn Nets and is averaging 21.7 points per game while playing stout defense. This could be the year he finally makes an All-Star team.
Mikal Bridges has the hot hand!
— NBA (@NBA) January 24, 2024