With the NBA season in full swing, we’ve seen many surprises so far this season. Some of the biggest surprises have come from individual players who are exceeding expectations. This could lead to many first-time All-Star game selections in this season. Here are some of the most likely candidates for that honor.
Booker has been on these types of lists every year since his second year in the league. He is one of the best pure scorers in the league and the only active player to score above 70 points in an NBA game, and one of just 5 active to ever score above 60. He has done this already and he is only 23 years old. This year, the Suns look like they might not be trash anymore, as they are currently 5-2, and they just handed the 76’ers their first loss of the season. Booker scored 40 points in that matchup, and is currently averaging 26.1 points per game (12th in the league). He has been snubbed multiple times, as people believed he was just simply getting empty stats on a bad team. Could this be the year that Booker finally gets into an All-Star game?
Ingram was the 2nd overall pick back in the 2016 NBA draft, and has not really done that well in his first 3 years in the league for a 2nd overall draft pick. He averaged 14.3 points per game on the Lakers and did not show true signs of greatness that he had shown at Duke. Through 7 games this year, though, he is averaging 25.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds a night while shooting 55% from the field. If the Pelicans continue to lose at this rate, though, he might be the new Devin Booker as he would just be getting great stats on a non-contending team. But, if the Pelicans can win a few more games, then maybe it’s possible that they can get Ingram to the All-Star game.
Doncic is one of the brightest young stars in the NBA today, as he has already drawn comparisons to a young LeBron. He averaged 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists a night in his rookie season, and is looking like he is going to beat those numbers this year. Through the first 6 games, he is averaging 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 9.5 assists a night. The Mavericks currently sit at 4-2 and have probably the best duo under the age of 25 in the NBA. If he keeps this kind of production up, he 100% should be an All-Star this year.
Brogdon was the Rookie of the Year in 2017 as he averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 assists a night for the Bucks. This season, as the starting point guard for the Pacers, he is averaging 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 10 assists a night. These are obviously a little inflated as Victor Oladipo has still not made his return from injury, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not impressive. Being behind Eric Bledsoe in the rotation on the Bucks hurt any chance of him starting in Milwaukee, so he finally is able to thrive as he controls the offense for most of the game now. He is doing all of this with a 27.6 PER, which is a huge jump from his PER last year which was 17.8. It’s the same thing with Luka, as if he keeps this production up, he should be playing in the All-Star game in February.