While John Wall continues to have ground to make up in All-Star fan voting, the Wizards point guard believes he should be a starter and hopes that will be the case once all the fan votes are counted, plus those coming from media and his NBA player peers.
Wall, when asked on Friday for whom he believes should start for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, included himself, naturally. He also went into specifics as to why others around the East should be in that starting five:
"You've got a lot of people. I'd say me. Kyrie [Irving] or Isaiah [Thomas], one of those two. They are playing great," Wall said. "LeBron [James]. However you say the guy from Milwaukee's name, I don't know how to say his name. I don't want to say it because I'm about to embarrass myself. Then probably Kevin Love. It's great to see him back to playing at a high level since he got traded from Minnesota. You understand what he was on that team, so to get back to averaging double-doubles, that's good for him."
That "guy from Milwaukee" would of course be Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is stacking up well so far in fan voting. He is second among frontcourt players and behind only LeBron.
Wall may need some help from media and NBA players, as he currently places seventh in fan voting. That said, Wall does not plan to lobby his teammates or anyone else to vote for him:
"No, [I won't ask anyone]. They're just trying different ways to not let all the fans to be the reason why guys are starters. We'll just see how it goes. There's a first time for everything. You've just gotta see how it goes and how it pans out. Certain guys, you can vote for your teammates or you can vote for other guys. We'll just see how it goes. I'm sure you have certain guys calling this person and that person, like 'vote for me, vote for me,' but I just sit back and see what happens."
Wall, 26, is likely to get plenty of love from his teammates. Backup guard Marcus Thornton already said he was voting for him.