The NBA has released the names of the 2017 NBA All-Star starters, and Kemba Walker did not make the list:
The NBA All-Star starters via @ChrisBHaynes— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 20, 2017
Russell Westbrook is not among them pic.twitter.com/CSsE0mdlno
While Walker was in the top 10 in voting for backcourt players in the Eastern Conference, he was always facing a uphill battle of overtaking the likes of Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan, who received more fan votes. That said, a slim chance remained, given that the fan vote only made up 50 percent of the vote this season, with 25 percent going to the players, and the other 25 going to the media (somehow I did not make the list of eligible media). But if we’re being honest, expecting Walker to be named to the starting lineup was more than wishful thinking.
With the starters named, it now falls solely on the coaches to decide whether Walker makes it as a reserve. The official announcement for the All-Star reserves is January 26th, with Adrian Wojnarowski likely tweeting out the results a day or two before.
Walker may not be an NBA All-Star, but at least we’ll always have Walker, Charlotte Ranger:
EPISODE I: WALKER, CHARLOTTE RANGER— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) December 28, 2016
RT to #NBAVOTE for @KembaWalker! https://t.co/KCeFaIeQOi pic.twitter.com/XktfZUFbs7