3 Knicks players who deserve consideration for 2024 All-Star spot

New York Knicks, Jalen Brunson
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1. Jalen Brunson

Will 2024 be the year Jalen Brunson is named an All-Star for the first time? Hopefully, the answer will be yes.

Last season, he wasn't taken seriously by non-Knicks fans and media members until he went on a playoff tear. During that span, the conversation shifted from New York being Julius Randle's team to Brunson's. Fans said that the Knicks' goal should be to build around Brunson. He's the only player on the roster who should be untouchable if New York goes after a star.

Through 22 games, Brunson's averaging a career-best 24.6 points per game (up from 24 last season) and 5.6 assists, shooting 47% from the field and a career-high 44.6% from three. Like Randle, Brunson got off to a shaky start this season, but it doesn't take long for him to find his groove.

On Tuesday, ESPN's Kevin Pelton put out a 'too early' All-Stars piece (subscription required), and Brunson wasn't listed as a reserve. Instead, Pelton classified Brunson and Trae Young as "wild card" options. Damian Lillard and Donovan Mitchell were Pelton's choices for the conference's backcourt reserves.

While New York fans may not agree with Pelton leaving Brunson off his reserves list, the unfortunate truth is that Brunson could be snubbed for the second straight year. However, if the Knicks maintain their spot as a top-six team in the East, there's no reason why Brunson shouldn't be one of the frontrunners for a reserve spot.

If there's one player on New York's roster who deserves to be an All-Star, it's Jalen Brunson.