The New York Knicks have a pair of players that are well deserving of an All-Star nod.
However, when the first batch of All-Star voting was released on Thursday, neither were on the list of players.
LeBron James and Kevin Durant lead their respective conferences in the first fan returns of #NBAAllStar Voting presented by AT&T.
Fans account for 50% of the vote to decide All-Star starters. NBA players and a media panel account for 25% each.
The next fan update is Jan. 12. pic.twitter.com/osVeUGI8H4
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 5, 2023
This means that fans have not been voting them at a high enough rate.
However, both have very worthy All-Star resumès.
Randle is a no-brainer for the All-Star team as of today.
He leads the Knicks in points per game (24.4) and rebounds per game (10).
This makes him one of just five players to average a double-double with 20-plus points.
His numbers rank toward the top of the league and he has consistently been able to lead the Knicks.
Brunson has been his scoring partner this season, adding in 20.9 points per game of his own.
“Just control what I can control,” Brunson said after the voting was released.
Then, he responded with his game against the Toronto Raptors.
In the Knicks win, he cooly poured in 26 points after his career-high of 38 on Wednesday.
JALEN BRUNSON IS HIM!
PUT SOME RESPECT ON HIS NAME!! pic.twitter.com/3NB3aVAam1
— Big Knick Energy (@BigKnickEnergy_) January 7, 2023
Currently, he sits in 10th for scoring among point guards and will look to improve those numbers with his hot play.
If he is able to keep up this level, look for his name to be included as an All-Star Game reserve.
Each of these players are deserving of an All-Star selection.
They are in the middle of leading a playoff team, and are playing at high levels.
However, it falls on Knicks fans to help get their players into the All-Star Game and each of them have a worthy case.