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Knicks' Jalen Brunson not among Eastern Conference starters for 2024 NBA All-Star Game

For the second straight year, Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson was snubbed of an appearance as a starter for the Eastern Conference for the 2024 NBA All-Star Game.

Brunson finished tied with Damian Lillard, for the second guard spot, but the Bucks star finished ahead of him in fan voting, so he'll get the start in the backcourt alongside Indiana's Tyrese Haliburton.

"Congrats to Damian Lillard, he's deserving," Brunson said Thursday. "That's definitely a goal of mine, but most importantly it's about how we handle business playing night in and night out. As long as we win, individual stuff comes our way."

At the time, some felt that the Knicks overpaid Brunson when they handed him a four-year, $104 million deal last offseason, but it's quickly proved to be one of the best acquisitions in franchise history.

NBA legend Charles Barkley certainly seems to agree.

"I would have loved to see him as an All-Star game starter," Barkley said on TNT's broadcast Thursday night. "I can't believe what a great player he's turned into, that's one of the best signings I've ever seen for a free agent, he's been fantastic."

Brunson certainly was spectacular during his first season in the Big Apple, playing gutsy basketball and stepping up to lead the Knicks whenever needed, and he's somehow gotten even better this year.

The star point guard is one of the biggest reasons New York currently finds themselves sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and trending in a positive direction. 

Brunson is averaging a career-high 26.6 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the arc across 42 games. 

He's gone on numerous different scoring barrages, including his first-career 50-point outing earlier this year during a road win over the Phoenix Suns, and has a pair of double-doubles on the year.

Brunson can still make his first-career All-Star game appearance as a reserve, which are voted on by NBA head coaches.