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Towns and Wiggins voted as likely candidates to be first time All Stars, other around-the-league news

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Towns and Wiggins to be All-Stars?

ESPN posted an article on Monday highlighting the results of their ESPN Forecast panel voting for the players most likely to be selected as first time All-Stars in the 2016-2017 season. Karl Anthony Towns was voted as the #1 most likely, receiving 23 total votes. Andrew Wiggins was also on the list as the #8 most likely, receiving 9 votes. Other notable players on the list include Giannis Antetokounmpo (#2), DeAndre Jordan Jordan (#3), and Kristaps Porzinigis (#4).

The selection of KAT as the most likely candidate comes as no surprise to anyone, as he is pretty much unanimously renowned as one of the best young players in the League and is expected to reach superstar caliber sooner than later. Wiggins, on the other hand, is trickier to predict as an All-Star. He has the name recognition of a #1 overall pick and definitely puts up the scoring numbers that All-Star voters love to see, but he’s really going to need to make a significant leap to make an All-Star game as a wing in a conference shared with Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, and even other first time All-Star hopefuls like Gordon Hayward. More than anything, Wiggins’ chances as making an All-Star team this season are likely going to depend on team performance. If he can continue to be a 20+ ppg scorer with the Wolves trending up as a legitimate playoff team, he has at least a slight chance.

Quick Hitters

Here are some links to other somewhat interesting NBA headlines from the last few days:

Jonas Jerebko buys an esports franchise (wut?)

Denver trades center Joffrey Lauvergne to OKC for two 2017 second round picks

The Pelicans will hold a workout with Lance Stephenson

Chris Bosh is working hard to make a return

Bucks sign Steve Novak to a 1 year deal

This Day In History: August 31st

(1056) - Byzantine Empress Theodora dies childless, ending the Macedonian Dynasty

(1888) - Jack the Ripper claims his first victim, Mary Ann Nichols

(1897) - Thomas Edison patents the Kinestoscope (first movie projector)

(1945) - Liberal Party of Australia founded by Robert Menzies

(1952) - Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent nation

(2005) - Al-Aaimmah bridge stampede in Baghdad kills 1,199

Notable birthdays: Caligula (12 AD), Richard Gere (1949), Rolando (1985)

Notable Deaths: Rocky Marciano (1969), John Ford (1973), Princess Diana (1997)

Elavator’s Music

Joey Bada$$ back at it again with a dope flow on “Paper Trail$”

Til next time, y’all. Happy Wednesday. This is an open thread.