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Which Players Have the Best Chance to be First Time All-Stars This Season?

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Even in the deepest, darkest depths of the NBA offseason, it’s never too early to talk about potential All-Stars. Many players have been on the edge of All-Star recognition for years, while others are just now getting there. Whether they’re newcomers or perennial All-Star snubs, here are five players that have a great chance to make their first All-Star game this season.

Karl-Anthony Towns (Finished 7th in fan voting and 10th in player voting for potential frontcourt All-Stars last season)

Considering last season was only KAT’s second in the league, it isn’t that unreasonable that he has yet to make his All-star Game debut. After averaging 18.3ppg and 10.5 rpg his rookie season, Towns was named NBA Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Last season, Towns’ performance only improved. He put up an impressive 20ppg and 12.3rpg and likely would have made the All-Star game if not for the strong group of big men out West ahead of him. Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins were all named All-Stars last season ahead of Towns.

KAT is primed for a strong season, and so are the Timberwolves. If Towns can establish himself as the leader of a team with other stars such as Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins and continue to put up strong numbers, he should be a shoo-in for the All-Star game this year.

Devin Booker (Finished 21st in fan voting and 10th in player voting for potential backcourt All-Stars last season)

This kid is going to be really good. After only averaging 10ppg in college, Devin Booker has made a name for himself in the NBA in a hurry. This past season he averaged 22.1ppg on 42% field goal shooting. On a Phoenix Suns team that does not have any apparent leader, Booker could establish himself as their franchise star. Did I mention he’s only 20? I have no doubt that we’ll see Devin at All-Star weekend before his career is over, and it should be sooner rather than later. He is also the only active player to score at least 70 points in a game. With newcomers Josh Jackson and Davon Reed joining the Suns by way of the draft, Phoenix has a solid base to begin their rebuilding process. The centerpiece of their rebuild? Devin Booker.

If Booker can put up 22 points per game and continue to play like a veteran, we’ll see him in Los Angeles for All-Star Weekend this season. Oh, and the ability to score at will helps a lot too.

Andrew Wiggins (Finished 19th in fan voting and 27th in player voting for potential frontcourt All-Stars last season)

Andrew Wiggins is probably the only player on this list who had a better chance of being an All-Star last year than this year. Alongside passing genius Ricky Rubio and big man Karl-Anthony Towns, Wiggins was often the focal point of Minnesota’s offense. With newly acquired Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague joining the Timberwolves, things might be a bit different. The Toronto native has improved his game each year, however, and could guarantee a spot in the All-Star game if he can do so again this season. Wiggins averaged 16.9ppg his rookie season, then 20.7 his second season and 23.6 his third. All of that while shooting around 45%, not bad. If he can make the most of the talent that his new teammates bring to the table, he should be able to sneak into his first All-Star game this year.

Bradley Beal (Finished 14th in fan voting and 8th in player voting for potential backcourt All-Stars last season)

After being on the edge of All-Stardom last season, there’s no reason that Bradley Beal shouldn’t close the deal this season. Beal had his best statistical season by far last season, and he’s only getting better. The 23ppg and 48% from the field that he put up last season played a huge role in the Wizards run to the Eastern Conference semifinals. His backcourt mate John Wall has made four straight All-Star games, but it’s time for Beal to join him. If Beal can at the very least play as well this season as he did last season, he should have no problem snagging a spot on the East roster.

The biggest hurdle for Beal is, and always will be the players in front of him. The East is peppered with talented guards, many of whom are multiple time All-Stars. Among them are Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, DeMar DeRozan and Dwyane Wade. The good news for Beal is he’s only 24. That means he has plenty of time to make his fair share of All-Star games.

Kristaps Porzingis (Finished 7th in fan voting and 5th in player voting for potential frontcourt All-Stars last season)

You want a hot take? Well, here it is. Kristaps Porzingis, the Latvian unicorn, could very well be an All-Star this season. KP put up modest numbers in his rookie season (14ppg and 7.3rpg) on his way to All-Rookie first team. Many people already view him as the leader of the Knicks, a title that used to belong to Carmelo Anthony. Since Melo and Knicks have become estranged, the Knicks could be Porzingis’ team shortly. Kristaps’ numbers were even more impressive last season amid turmoil in the Knicks’ front office and in basically every facet of the organization. Despite the distractions, he was able to average 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, all while shooting 45% from the field.

Regardless of what happens with Carmelo Anthony, Porzingis has already proved that he belongs. He’s silenced everyone that booed when the Knicks picked him in 2015. The next step is for him to be an All-Star.

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