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3 All-Star Candidates Spurs' Dejounte Murray is Outperforming

Cal Durrett
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3. Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins has been solid this season and is a key part of one of the best teams in the NBA. That said, it's still pretty surprising to see him ranked third among all front-court players in the West. It's still not a guarantee that he will make the team but fan voting accounts for half of the criteria, meaning he's halfway there.

While Wiggins making the All-Star team doesn't directly affect Murray's chances considering they play different positions, it could indirectly. After all, it forces another front-court player who is more deserving, like say Rudy Golbert, to the bench. It also increases the chance that another wing or big will occupy one of the two wildcard spots at the end of the All-Star roster.

That would definitely affect Murray's chances of making the team, which forces me to question Wiggins' merits. Wiggins is averaging 18.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game, which is solid, if unspectacular. 

To his credit, he is connecting on a career-high 40.4% of his 3-point attempts, and also has a career-best true shooting percentage. Still, Murray is having a near historic season and has absolutely carried the Spurs. Contrast that with Wiggins, who's only arguably the second-best player on the Warriors. 

Unfortunately for Murray, the Warriors have doubled up the Spurs in wins this season and great teams usually get at least two All-Stars. As a result, Wiggins could be the second Warrior to make the team along with Stephen Curry. Therefore, while Murray is likely more deserving, historical precedent could win out, which means that Wiggins could be the one getting a spot on the team.

Ultimately, Murray's play this season has made him deserving of being selected to the All-Star team. However, with fan voting now closed, it's clear that he won't make the team that way. Instead, he'll have to rely on coaches to vote him in, but he'll face stiff competition for one of the reserve spots.

Curry and Ja Morant appear set to be voted in as starters while Luka Doncic and Devin Booker could be the coaches' selections for reserve guards. Factor in the three frontcourt reserve spots and that basically leaves just two remaining slots for Murray to fill. 

Too bad the league hasn't expanded All-Star rosters from 12 to 15 players to reflect NBA team roster limits. Were that the case, Murray would be a safe bet to make the team. Unfortunately, that isn't the case.

Editor's Update: Andrew Wiggins has been voted as an NBA All-Star by fans.

Next. Murray Being All-Star Could be Gamechanger. dark

Although the odds seem stacked against him, even if he isn't initially selected, he could still make it as an injury or a health and safety protocol replacement. It remains to be seen whether Murray will actually make the All-Star team. However, it's clear that he is more deserving than some other candidates.

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