2. Julius Randle
Even after a rough start to the season, Julius Randle could be named an All-Star for the second consecutive year in 2024. His numbers are down from last season, but he's still averaging 22 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game, shooting 44.4% from the field and 30.8% from deep.
In New York's last 10 games, though, Randle averaged 25.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. Two of his best games of the season have come in the Knicks' last three contests. He dropped a season-high 41 points (14-of-19) on Milwaukee and 34 (14-of-21) on Toronto. His efficiency is improving, as he hasn't shot less than 40% from the field in the last eight games.
Randle's built a reputation for himself as one of the league's best regular season players, and being named an All-Star is a regular season honor. This isn't a debate about whether or not New York needs to trade him because of his postseason struggles. Simply put, he has a case to be an All-Star reserve again in February.
One thing could stand in the way of Randle going to Indiana, and it's one of his teammates.