For fans of the NBA, few things are more exciting than the annual All-Star Game. The All-Star Game combines the best talent in the league as voted by fans, players, and coaches, in a faceoff between the Western and Eastern Conferences. What’s not to love? The weekend event also features some fun events like the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-point Contest, and the All-Star Celebrity Game.
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In the first return for fan voting, no Jazz players were featured on the lists for top votes, but the Jazz are hopeful about landing either Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert a spot on the All-Star team.
Here’s a look at each player’s possibilities:
Rudy Gobert — Gobert was the 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the year, so it’s no surprise that the Jazz are hoping for him to make the All-Star team. One of the best qualities about Gobert is that he’s a consistent player who contributes in a lot of ways on the court when he’s not plagued by an injury.
Gobert currently leads the Jazz in rebounds per game (12.3 RPG) and blocks per game (2 BLKPG) for the season. He is second in points per game (14.8 PPG) and field goal percentage (65.8 percent). If Gobert doesn’t end up with a spot on the roster, there’s a good chance he may be picked as a reserve.
Donovan Mitchell — Of course, all Jazz fans want to see Donovan Mitchell defend his Slam Dunk Contest title, but it would be even more satisfying to see him named an All-Star. Mitchell turned heads with a spectacular rookie season. Now in his sophomore season, Mitchell currently leads the Jazz with 20.4 points per game and 1.6 steals per game. He’s third on the team in assists per game behind Ricky Rubio and Joe Ingles.
One thing to note is that while fan voting can be subjective, players who are currently listed on the fan return list are there for a reason. For the players listed on the Western Conference side, 11 out of 20 of these players average over 20 points per game, with seven of the 20 averaging over 25 points per game. The players that are low scorers contribute in other ways on the court and have high steal, rebound, and assist stats. To be considered an NBA All-Star, you need to prove your worth through your contributions on the court.
Fan voting for the NBA All-Star teams continues through Jan. 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To vote for your favorite Jazz players, visit https://vote.nba.com.