Those triple-voting days must be helping, as Phoenix Suns’ star guard Devin Booker is slowly gaining traction in the 2024 All-Star ballot voting.
Despite being one of only three players in the NBA to average over 26 points and 7.5 assists — Luka Doncic and Trae Young being the other two — Booker did not crack the top ten in guard voting in the first round of fan voting. Because who really cares about production, am I right?
After being “snubbed” from the first round of voting a week ago, Booker has entered the chat, currently ninth in fan voting with 321,666 votes.
Lakers' LeBron James and Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo continue to lead in the NBA’s second 2023-24 All-Star fan voting return: pic.twitter.com/UutXOXQc5u— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 11, 2024
The annual popularity contest clearly has its flaws. Ja Morant leads Devin Booker by 125,593 votes, even though he has played just 9 games this season. While this isn’t a discussion on whether or not fans should get a say — they should but it’ll never change as it is an opportunity for engagement — it is good to see Booker crack that top ten. Why?
Because Devin Booker is not a popular player.
Go ahead. Ask your friends who are not Suns fans. See what they say about Booker. They can’t put their finger on it, but something about him they dislike. His connection to Chris Paul has something to do with it, as he picked up some of the cerebral tricks that you only appreciate when the player is on your team.
The number one reason people don’t like Devin Booker? He’s good and he’s not on their team. Oh well. That is something we don’t have to deal with.
What can we do? Vote!
If the game is rigged, we might as well do our part it rigging it for Booker and Durant. KD doesn’t need the help. The well-traveled forward has left fans all over the map, which is why he currently sits in third place in Western Conference frontcourt voting.
Help get Book where be belongs: the All-Star Game. VOTE NOW!