Julius Randle was not included in the frontcourt top ten. The Knicks forward was coming off a December that saw him average 27.6 points on 54.5 percent field goal shooting. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists. What made this even sillier was that Randle had a game of 39 points and nine rebounds in a win against the Timberwolves to open the new year. Then, the two-time All-Star had 35 points in a win over the Chicago Bulls on January 3rd. The guy deserves an All-Star spot but wasn’t getting fan recognition.
Some players in the top ten he fell behind included Jimmy Butler, Jaylen Brown, Bam Adebayo, Mikal Bridges, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Kuzma, and Paolo Banchero.
Knicks guard Jalen Brunson placed sixth among guards in the East Conference. Brunson is having a great second season in New York. The scrappy guard is averaging 25.8 points and shooting 42.4 percent from three. Jalen sat behind Tyrese Haliburton, Damian Lillard, Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell, and Tyrese Maxey when early voting came out.
Randle moves into the top 10; Brunson stays solid at sixth in the East
Fast forward a week later, and we have our second NBA All-Star returns.
The second EAST returns for #NBAAllStar 2024! Who in the top 10 stands out to you? #NBAAllStar Voting presented by @ATT continues through January 20 on the NBA App and https://t.co/Pqxh2EPubW!— NBA (@NBA) January 11, 2024
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Julius Randle now holds a spot in the top ten for forwards in the Eastern Conference. After not being included, the Knicks forward has jumped to number eight. Randle's insertion has pushed Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma out of the top ten. As touched on before, Randle is in the middle of a great season. To start the new year, he's averaging 28.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. More importantly, the Knicks are winning games, which will only help his case.
The seven players in front of him are Giannis, Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Jaylen Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, and Bam Adebayo. I won’t argue against the top three, who will be voted in as starters anyway, but Randle has a rock-solid case against the other four. Randle has been durable and dominant at times this season, and I believe that will be rewarded come mid-February.
Meanwhile, Jalen Brunson remains sixth a week later. Tyrese Haliburton Trae Young, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, and Tyrese Maxey are still the five names ahead of the Knicks' point guard.
Brunson was recently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the first week of January. Leading the Knicks to a 4-0 record, the hopeful first-time All-Star averaged 27.3 points and 9.3 assists.
All six of those players are very deserving of representing the East in the 2024 All-Star game. Anyone who’s watched Brunson this season knows it’d be a massive disappointment if he wasn’t on the team.
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If you’re reading this on Friday, January 12th, votes count 3x today. Let’s get these guys to Utah; they deserve it!