Surprising writer who got the most likely All-Star title for the Knicks

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RJ Barrett, Evan Fournier and Julius Randle celebrate together.

The New York Knicks have a solid roster in the new season, and while they haven’t been able to get Donovan Mitchell or another big name through the trade, it’s not the end of the world.

Jalen Bronson will slip into the team’s primary guard role, and this solves a problem the team has been facing for years now. After splitting the time between Kimba Walker and Alec Burks in the center last season, there was nowhere to go but to climb up, and that’s what they decided to do.

Bronson has shown all-star potential, and there are already people who have predicted that he will be named to the first team of his career, which is not a crazy idea.

What could be considered even more daring is that he will be joined by another Nick. Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley expects the Knicks to send players to the All-Star Game this season, and calls Julius Randle the “most likely” candidate on the list.

This may come as a shock to fans given how low his last season was, but there is a feeling he could be back in shape and silencing all the skeptics.


Randall Over Bronson for All-Star Nod

Perhaps Randle will be able to move forward here is the fact that he has been there, he has done that. Randle has been an all-star in his career, and he still has the numbers to prove he deserves one.

The 10/5/20 average is nothing to scoff at, and while his efficiency was low last season, he still raises those numbers. If he could improve his shot, it wouldn’t be hard to say that he would return to the All-Star Game. Buckley notes it all when he says Randall is probably an all-star.

“Julius Rundle is the most likely candidate for a spot, only because only one season was left out of getting the nod,” he said. “Even last season, when his numbers fell across the board, he still had star-caliber counting categories with 20.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.”

As for the second All-Star game, it is believed to belong to Brunson or RJ Barrett, which was to be expected. Bronson is the guy who has shown his potential with the Mavericks, but Barrett has been getting better every season he’s been in the league as well.

“For the second invitation, you’d probably go down with RJ Barrett or Jalen Bronson,” Buckley continued. “The former averaged 20 points with the best defense of his career last season, while the latter engineered a breakthrough on his own. Both should be getting a lot of attention after signing massive off-season contracts.”


Will there be all stars?

Bronson’s problem with making the All-Star Team is the fact that the Eastern Conference is just too heavy.

He’ll have to compete against the likes of Marcus Smart, Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland, Fred VanVleet, Zach LaVine, LaMelo Ball, the list goes on. That doesn’t mean he won’t be able to get a nod, but it does play a role in why Randall is the most likely candidate.

At the end of the day, many fans would rather see the Knicks run the playoffs than appoint players to the All-Star Team. Of course, having All-Stars is usually an indication that your team is good, so they’ll probably have the best of both worlds.

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