On Friday, the NBA released the ballots for the 2014 All-Star game. This years’ All-Star festivities are being held in New Orleans on February 14-16. The Bucks have three players featured on the 2014 All-Star ballots: Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders are among the 36 Eastern Conference frontcourt candidates, while O.J. Mayo is one of the 24 backcourt candidates.
Sanders is a newcomer to the All-Star voting process, while both Mayo and Ilyasova were included on last years’ ballot. The Bucks haven’t had a player selected to the All-Star game since Michael Redd in 2004.
Based on their respective injuries, it’s not likely that Sanders or Ilyasova- who have appeared in a combined 6 games this season- will be making the Eastern Conference squad.
O.J Mayo, on the other hand, is probably the only Buck with a legitimate shot at an All-Star birth. Mayo is currently 7th among East guards in points per game and 2nd in three-point percentage (behind Gary Neal, oddly). Not to mention the fact that the East isn’t particularly loaded at the shooting guard position. If Mayo continues to put up good numbers he certainly has a decent chance to being representing the Bucks in New Orleans.
NBA.com has more info on the All-Star selection process and how to vote for your favorite players.
Two of the Bucks’ injured starters, Ilyasova as well as Caron Butler, returned to practice today.
The Bucks are back at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday for a matchup against the red-hot Portland Trailblazers.