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NBA | Jan 25

Five Players That Deserve Their First All-Star Selection

These Players Are Having Career Years, but With the Fierce Competition, They May Get Snubbed

Five Players That Deserve Their First All-Star Selection
Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets | Winslow Townson / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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