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Dec 20, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after hitting a three-point shot during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks phenom Kristaps Porzingis should be in the NBA All-Star game. Why? Well, because he’s an All-Star caliber player.

New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis should be on the All-Star team this year and in the All-Star game. He is an All-Star after all.

The first round of All-Star voting was released on Thursday.  LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are the top vote-getting while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry lead all Western Conference players in the vote. Porzingis is currently seventh in the fan vote, according to NBA.com. Knick teammate Carmelo Anthony is fifth in the fan vote and Derrick Rose is fifth in the fan vote among Eastern Conference guards.

The top three players from each position who get the most votes will make the team. Porzingis should be one of the players that make the team. The phenom, who came to New York from Latvia, has not only become the Knicks next big star, but also one of, if not the NBA’s next big star. In 2016 he was named the Latvian athlete of the year because of his success with the Knicks.

Porzingis, who is in his second year with the Knicks, is having an All-Star season. He is averaging 20.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks. He leads the league in blocks and 3-points made as he is the only player with 60 or more blocks and 3-pointers made. The phenom is ninth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players in points per game. Of the players that are ahead of him in scoring, only Kevin Love and Giannis Antetokounmpo have averaged more rebound than him.

The Knicks star could break Dirk Nowitzki’s single-season record for three-pointers made by someone who is seven feet tall. The record is 151 and Porzingis is currently at 68. He has a good shot at breaking that record before the season ends.

If Porzingis makes the All-Star team it would be historic for the Knicks. The 21-year-old star would be the youngest Knick to play in an All-Star game, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. It would be the first time since 1989 that a second-year Knicks player made the All-Star game if Porzingis makes it.

Porzingis should be in the All-Star game because he deserves to be there. If he doesn’t make it than the game will be missing one of the league’s biggest stars.

 

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