Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Warriors Wing Smashes All-Star Vote, In-Game K-Pop Boost?

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With just a game and a half separating them from the Suns overall, the Golden State Warriors remain within reach of the NBA’s best record. However, there’s no doubt that the Bay Area has been rough lately.

The Warriors are in the middle of a four-lost five-game stretch. During that span, they are topped with 6.8 points per ball possession while ranking bottom in the league in offense rating (96.4) and effective field goal percentage (45.8). They are also now No. 29 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.42:1).

As bad as they were as a team, star wing Andrew Wiggins continues to play at a high level.

That year, the former No. 1 overall averaged 18.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while hitting a career-best 48.6% of shot attempts and 42.1% at depth. And he’s continued to post similar numbers amid Golden State’s recent plunge.

Wiggins’ steady play hasn’t gone unnoticed either, if the latest All-Star fan voting returns are any indication.

Wiggins ranked fourth among Western Conference frontcourts in the first All-Star return, subtracting 933,355 votes through Jan. 6. However, the league updated tally on Thursday which showed he had overtaken LA Clippers star Paul George and claimed the No. 3 spot in the group.

By the second update, Wiggins had garnered a whopping 1,829,733 votes. LeBron James (4,386,392 votes) of the LA Lakers and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets (3,016,380) take first and second place respectively, while George had 1,773,447 votes. Warriors big man Draymond Green finished sixth on frontcourt with a 1,295,848.

Elsewhere, Stephen Curry led the West’s backcourt pool and remains the top vote collector with 4,463,426. Despite only returning to court after a 941-day absence, Klay Thompson finished fourth with 749,038 votes.

Given everything that’s going into the process, plus the huge rift that exists between him and the James/Jokic tandem, it’s incredibly unlikely that Wiggins will start in the All-Star Game.

On the other hand, he might be able to ride a big push from above.

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While his strong play is enough to warrant strong consideration for an All-Star appearance — and there’s a chance the coaches will vote for him — that may not be the only thing spurring Wiggins’ candidacy in the eyes of fans. Some of the credit for his recent jump in the pecking order may be due to K-pop star BamBam.

Just days after the first all-star voting results came in, the Got7 rapper, singer-songwriter – who has 9.4 million followers on Twitter – released the following tweet supporting Wiggins’ all-star push:

Under the NBA All-Star voting rules, tweets, retweets and/or replies containing a hashtag of a player’s first and last name (in the format #FirstNameLastName) or Twitter handle along with the hashtag #NBAAllStar count as votes.

As of this writing, BamBam’s post has been retweeted almost 36,000 times and there’s no telling what impact it may have had beyond that; not just on Twitter, but through the other voting channels available.

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As of this writing, BamBam’s post has been retweeted almost 36,000 times and there’s no telling what impact it may have had beyond that; not just on Twitter, but through the other voting channels available.

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