Will 2023-24 be the first time in 11 years that the New York Knicks have two All-Stars on their roster? Based on how Jalen Brunson looked last season and Julius Randle’s regular season dominance, it wouldn’t be a surprise if both players represented New York in Indianapolis in February.
Brunson could be a first-time All-Star, although he’s made it clear his mindset is focused on winning a championship. Randle’s been named an All-Star twice, and if it happens again this season, it’ll be the first time he’s enjoyed the honor in back-to-back years.
The Athletic’s John Hollinger wrote that one of his bold predictions for the season is that Brunson will be named an All-Star (subscription required), as well as Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, who has won a title but hasn’t made an All-Star Game.
"The Knicks are likely to get one rep in the game if they’re again among the top seven teams in the East when the voting happens, and if so, it seems more likely the choice would be Brunson this time around."
The Athletic’s John Hollinger predicts Jalen Brunson will be named All-Star
Unlike last season, the Knicks have their identity figured out. New York had a disappointing loss to Washington to conclude its preseason slate, which has some fans nervous about how the team will look on opening night, but one of the benefits of running it back is that the Knicks have already established chemistry.
Donte DiVincenzo was New York’s lone addition over the offseason, but he’s very familiar with Brunson and Josh Hart dating back to their Villanova days.
All of that is to say that the Knicks have a good shot of being a top-four team in the East when All-Star voting starts. It isn’t out of the question that Brunson and Randle will be voted in without being named injury replacements, which is always a possibility in itself.
Brunson’s too good to be ignored for a second straight year, but even when he was snubbed this past season, he still stood out in the playoffs. All-Star honors are always worth celebrating, but if Brunson and Murray have taught voters anything, it’s that in the grand scheme of things, they don’t matter much.