INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indiana Pacers entered the season with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis thought of as being their only All-Star caliber talents. That has since changed with Oladipo now a member of the Houston Rockets.
When talking to reporters before tipoff, Nets head coach Steve Nash stated how the Pacers 'have an All-Star point guard in Malcolm Brogdon' and also called Domantas Sabonis an All-Star, too.
The member of the Pacers with the greatest chance of earning an All-Star appearance is Domantas Sabonis. So far this season, he is averaging an impressive 21.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists. The recognition has been there, too, as he's received the seventh-most votes among Eastern Conference frontcourt players.
Brogdon has played at a high-level this season with averages of 21.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. Despite that fact, he doesn't appear to be on track to earning an All-Star nod. He wasn't among the 10 leaders among Eastern Conference guards the first fan returns.
Having James Harden and Russell Westbrook both now in the conference has added competition for guards. Harden's production has comfortably been better than Brogdon but that isn't the case for Westbrook. However, the track record that Westbrook has translated to more recognition in fan voting.
There are other factors in play that go against Brogdon's prospects of earning an All-Star appearance. There are players like Bradley Beal, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, and Collin Sexton who have taken a step forward in their games and have the votes to back it up.
It will be fascinating to see if Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon will manage to earn a spot on the All-Star team when it's all said and done. Even though it seems that Sabonis is the likeliest option, Brogdon could be within striking distance as a replacement, if he weren't to outright earn a spot.