Short on votes, Oladipo needs votes from head coaches to be named All-Star

Victor Oladipo is playing at an All-Star level and deserves to play in his first NBA All-Star Game. But he will have to wait five days to learn his fate.

On Thursday night, the NBA announced the results of the All-Star vote – from fans (50 percent), players (25), and media (25). Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan were voted starters in the backcourt in the Eastern Conference, along with LeBron James (Cleveland), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) in the frontcourt.

Oladipo received the third-most votes by a guard in the east by the players and media alike, but the fans voted rookie Ben Simmons ahead of him.

Therefore Oladipo will need votes from Eastern Conference coaches for the Pacers guard to be named an All-Star in his fifth season. The reserves will be announce on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 pm. Then, the plan is for the All-Star rosters to be unveiled two days later.

It’s almost certain that Oladipo will indeed take part in next month’s festivities in Los Angeles Feb. 16-18. One by one, as Eastern Conference coaches have visited Bankers Life Fieldhouse throughout the season and they are in agreement — Oladipo, who is averaging 24.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists – and shooting better than 48 percent from the field, is an All-Star.

Like Boston’s Brad Stevens, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, and Milwaukee’s Jason Kidd.

“It’s out of my control. I just want to win, boss,” Oladipo told VigilantSports.com. “Whatever it takes. I just want to win. Everything else will take care of itself.”

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