With voting for the NBA All-Star Game opening on NBA Christmas Day, now is the time to make your selections on who should represent each conference in the World's greatest pick-up game!
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There is a running list in both the Eastern and Western Conferences that have never been selected to an All-Star Game. Take a look at the players who could be picked to play in their first ever All-Star Game this season.
All stats are as of 12/26. In alphabetical order...
Potential first-time Eastern Conference All-Stars
Bam Adebayo - C - Miami Heat: 15.7 points (56.5% FG), 10.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks
• Adebayo has been crucial to the Heat's success to start the season and is averaging career-highs in every major statistical category. He is widely considered to be the frontrunner for this season's Most Improved Player of the Year so far.
Malcolm Brogdon - G - Indiana Pacers: 18.3 points (45.2% FG, 33.3% 3PT), 7.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds
• Brogdon has played a key role in keeping the Pacers afloat until Victor Oladipo's return and he's averaging a career-high in points and assists per game. His 7.6 assists per game ranks just outside the top-five in the league.
Jaylen Brown - F - Boston Celtics: 20.2 points (51.4% FG, 39.1% 3PT), 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals
• Brown could also be considered as one of the most improved players this season, averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and field goal percentage. He's been a constant on both ends of the floor for the injury-riddled Celtics and might just be fighting with his teammate Jayson Tatum for the potential second All-Star spot alongside Kemba Walker.
Spencer Dinwiddie - G - Brooklyn Nets: 22.7 points (43.5% FG, 30.8% 3PT), 6.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds
• While this may seem like a stretch, the only reason the Nets are still in the playoff picture and are above .500 is because of how well Dinwiddie has played in Kyrie Irving's absence. Since Irving started missing time with a shoulder injury, Dinwiddie has averaged 26.1 points and 7.1 assists per game.
Tobias Harris - F - Philadelphia 76ers: 19.8 points (49.2% FG, 34.7% 3PT), 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists
• Harris will likely have to battle with his own teammate Ben Simmons for the 76ers potential second All-Star spot. Harris is the team's second-leading scorer and is averaging a career-high in assists.
Domantas Sabonis - C - Indiana Pacers: 17.8 points (50.7% FG), 13.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists
• Sabonis, like Brogdon, has been another focal point behind the Pacers success without their star player. He has the second-most double-doubles in the NBA and is averaging career-highs in points, rebounds and assists. His 13.5 rebounds per game ranks in the top-five in the league.
Pascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors: 25.1 points (45.7% FG, 39.2% 3PT), 8.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks
• The reigning Most Improved Player of the Year continues to improve - he's averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks and there's no better sign of improvement than his career-best 3-point percentage, too. Siakam will almost certainly be a first-time All-Star this season.
Jayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics: 21.3 points (41.5% FG, 35.6% 3PT), 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals
• Tatum is having a great season for the Celtics as the team's second-leading scorer. He's averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals and according to ESPN's Real Plus-Minus , Tatum ranks in the top-five amongst the league and trails only LeBron James for the best Defensive Real Plus-Minus in the NBA.
Trae Young - G - Atlanta Hawks: 29.0 points (44.3% FG, 36.6% 3PT), 8.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals
• Young should be a first-time All-Star this season by all accounts. His 29.0 points per game ranks fourth in the NBA. He's averaging career-highs in points, assists, rebounds, steals, field goal and 3-point percentage and although it hasn't translated to team success, little-to-no blame should be placed on Young for that.
Potential first-time Western Conference All-Stars
Devin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns: 24.0 points (49.7% FG, 38.2% 3PT), 6.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds
• The biggest knock through the first four seasons of his career was his inability to score efficiently. He's made progress each season and this year, he's finally put it all together, scoring 24 points per game in an incredibly efficient manner. He's nearly shooting 50-40-90 and his field goal and 3-point percentage are both career-highs.
Luka Doncic - G - Dallas Mavericks: 29.3 points (48.1% FG, 32.6% 3PT), 9.6 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 1.2 steals
• Doncic will be a first-time All-Star this season. He nearly made the All-Star team as a rookie last year and so far this year, he's put together an MVP calibre season. His 29.3 points and 8.9 assists per game each rank third in the NBA. He's flirting with averaging a triple-double and his play has the Mavericks amongst the best teams in the West.
Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz: 15.0 points (67.9% FG), 14.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.5 assists
• The back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year has yet to make an All-Star team. While elite defence isn't typically awarded in the All-Star Game, Gobert still deserves your consideration. His 14.3 rebounds per game and 67.9 field goal percentage are both third-best in the league while his 1.9 blocks average ranks in the top-10.
Brandon Ingram - F - New Orleans Pelicans: 25.3 points (48.9% FG, 41.0% 3PT), 7.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists
• Ingram is another person that many are considering for this year's Most Improved Player of the Year so far this season. He's averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, assists and 3-point percentage and his 25.3 points per game ranks just outside the top-10 in the NBA. The Pelicans haven't been great, but Ingram has been awesome.
Donovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz: 24.8 points (44.9% FG, 34.6% 3PT), 4.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals
• Mitchell flirted with an All-Star bid last year but came up short. Averaging a career-high 24.8 points per game while shooting the best field goal percentage of his career, he should receive consideration again this time around. He's been Utah's best player and his increase in efficiency shows good improvement from his first two seasons in the league.
Jamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets: 17.5 points (43.7% FG, 32.5% 3PT), 4.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals
• Murray hasn't exactly taken a step forward from last season but his play has still been vital to the Nuggets' success. With his team boasting the second-best record in the NBA, they should get a second All-Star consideration next to Nikola Jokic and if they do, Murray will be that guy.
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