Can the Brooklyn Nets have an All-Star this season?

Brooklyn Nets Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Early voting for the All-Star game started on Thursday. Fans can vote via or the NBA app until full voting opens on Dec. 25. Could any of the Brooklyn Nets make an appearance?

While Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell had a chance at playing on Feb.

18 at the Staples Center, both are out with injury. Lin is out for the season and Russell is still a couple of weeks away from potentially returning. But do not lose hope, Nets fans. There are still several members of the Brooklyn Nets that have an outside chance of playing.

The most obvious choice is Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. The Hyphen has been playing the way an All-Star should. This season, he has upped his scoring to 14.4 points per game, a career-high, and is averaging career-highs in total rebounds, field goal percentage and three-point percentage.

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Granted, he is in the same conference as some of the best forwards in the world. LeBron James is locked in as a starter and it would be wise to pencil in Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Other than those two, the East is pretty weak in terms of front court depth. While players like Tim Hardaway Jr., Aaron Gordon, Khris Middleton and Evan Fournier all have a good shot at coming off the bench, it is not an impossibility for The Hyphen to sneak his way into the All-Star lineup. In fact, with enough fan voting, he could sneak his way in.

While Hollis-Jefferson has a fighting chance, Spencer Dinwiddie, the second-most likely Net to play in the All-Star game this year, does not. Like, at all. Like no way no how. Sorry, thanks for trying, but you play in the same conference as some of the most lethal guards in the league plus someone who is 6’10” and has the passing skills of LeBron.

Here are some of the best point guards in the East as of now: Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, John Wall and the aforementioned Ben Simmons. When you account for roster space, you cannot have more than three point guards.

With Irving and Simmons likely to make the team, and Lowry and Wall lying in the wait, Dinwiddie does not have a chance. It would be hard for Lin and Russell to make the cut against the four as well.

So Nets fans, here is to hoping that Hollis-Jefferson makes the cut. While it is unlikely, you never know.