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SB Nation Reacts: Ja Morant tops poll among fans as most deserving first-time All-Star

The electric third-year guard from Memphis is destined for an inaugural All-Star appearance.

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With the 2022 NBA All-Star game roughly five weeks and the initial voting returns released last week, discussions for the most deserving honorees are heating up.

In a recent survey, Ja Morant earned the nod among voters as the most deserving first-time All-Star. Rounding out the list were Fred VanVleet, LaMelo Ball, Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland.

Each of the players on this list certainly touts a justifiable case for a trip to Cleveland this winter. Morant would be my top choice as well, though VanVleet is also putting together a tremendous season. Both should make it regardless. Adding to the fun is someone like Deandre Ayton wasn’t even featured, and could find himself as an All-Star in a few weeks.

Watching players make the leap to All-Star-caliber is always a joy. That’s absolutely been the case with these five (or six) this season.

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