For a while during the NBA All-Star voting process, it seemed likely that Kemba Walker was going to have a tough time earning a starting job in the 2020 All-Star Game. He was ranked third in fan voting behind Trae Young and Kyrie Irving, and he could never really make up ground on the former Celtic.
However, Walker finished first among Eastern Conference guards in voting by both the player and the media votes. That was enough to put him over the top, edge out Irving, and earn him a spot as a starter.
After the news broke, a couple of Walker's Celtics teammates took time to congratulate him for the achievement.
First, Enes Kanter weighed in on Walker's "well deserved" achievement.
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) January 24, 2020
And later on, Marcus Smart gave a shout-out to Walker for qualifying.
— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) January 24, 2020
It's nice to see the Celtics continuing to bond and be happy for one another. Their excellent chemistry has been one of the big stories of the season and Smart and Kanter have played a big role as supportive glue guys for the team's bench.
And their support of Walker is surely noted and appreciated by the veteran point guard.
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Enes Kanter, Marcus Smart congratulate Kemba Walker on All-Star starter nod originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston