Deandre Ayton’s legitimate All-Star bid, despite latest injury

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton has been knocking at the door of his first All-Star bid this season, ranking 10th among West forwards in fan voting so far, receiving a lot of national attention after last year’s Finals run, and upping his numbers across the board this season for the best team in the NBA.

In many years, the league’s best team gets three or more of their players named to the All-Star game. Out East, it’s likely that the Bucks will get all of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kris Middleton and Jrue Holiday named to the team, unless Holiday gets excluded for games missed due to injury/COVID.

The Suns have two All-Stars, Chris Paul and Devin Booker, fairly well locked in among the guards, but no other Suns player besides Ayton ranks among the leaders at Frontcourt — which accounts for at least 50% of the All-Star selections.


SELECTION PROCESS

Reminder on the selection process:

STARTERS (5 per conference)

  • Fans (50%), media (25%) and players (25%) vote for STARTERS — two guards, three forwards per conference

RESERVES (7 per conference)

  • NBA head coaches vote for the other 7 players on a 12-man All-Star team — two guards, three forwards and two wildcards who can play any position.

That’s, at minimum, six big men who will represent the Western Conference in the All-Star game.


LOCKS

LeBron James and Nikola Jokic lead all vote-getters among fans by a wide margin in the Western…

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