Results of the 2022 All-Star voting were released this past week and there were many interesting takeaways to consider. The most shocking was the inclusion of Andrew Wiggins, who got only four votes from the media but was apparently third in fan votes amongst the Western front court players, behind only Nikola Jokic and LeBron James. To put in perspective how influential the fan vote is, Rudy Gobert received 64 media votes and didn’t even finish in the top 5.

More interesting facts from fan votes were the 27 votes Anthony Tolliver received, possibly from his extended family and the zero fan votes Enes Freedom got. As a software engineer, you can’t convince me that this is not a software bug that happened due to his name change and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on.

Finally, the results include the player votes and there are some awesome things to note there, such as that Gabriel Deck had one vote.

This poses the obvious question whether players can vote for themselves and after that I think we all know the answer. Or maybe he has a teamate that really likes him. Just like Steven Adams who has 22 player votes, which are more than Donovan Mitchell and Pascal Siakam and just one less than Jimmy Butler.

Regarding last week’s suggestions, Stephen Curry broke out of his slump with a 40-point game against the Rockets so the buy-low window significantly shrunk, while Chuma Okeke continued his underrated contribution with eight steals and six blocks in his last four games. On the other hand, Jeff Green flopped and is a clear drop. On the “Sell” front, I hope you followed the advice regarding Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. I wrote last week that the Thunder could shut him down with the first minor injury and now he is sidelined through the All-Star break.

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Davion Mitchell: Many jumped at the opportunity to draft Mitchell in the last rounds of drafts, based on his excellent college track record and his defensive ability that would get him minutes from the start. The reality however was that Mitchel was miles off the standard league radar, as he was playing 26 minutes per game and the percentages have been subpar. However, De’Aaron Fox has been sidelined with a left ankle injury and Mitchell has stepped up, averaging 17.7 points with three triples in his last three games. With a back-to-back set of games today and tomorrow, he makes for a great streaming option and his situation can be reassessed when Fox returns (31% owned).

Reggie Bullock: You know what you are getting with Bullock and it is mostly triples, average rebounds, and no turnovers. But he does those things pretty well and with Tim Hardaway Jr. likely done for the season, the opportunity for minutes in the thirties is there for him. He also plays three more times this week, making him a good streamer for owners in need of the above stats and is readily available (8% owned).

Javonte Green: More of a deeper league suggestion, Green has carved a nice role in the injured Bulls backcourt with 26 minutes per game. His main contributions come on the defensive end but you won’t find another player in the wire who averages 1 steal and 0.8 blocks, while shooting 55% from the field. He is not an option for every team but if you are punting one of his weak categories, he can certainly have value, even just as a streamer (4% owned).

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Gary Trent: I have been a believer in Gary Trent as a legitimate NBA level 3&D wing since his first games in Portland and I even managed to snag him from the waiver wire in our 30-team Razzball Dynasty association before he got a steady role. To help you with the perspective, the best players on the current waiver wire in this league are Semi Ojeleje, Chris Chiozza, and Denzel Valentine, so you can imagine my satisfaction. However, he is indeed a “Sell” suggestion, simply because he is playing too well currently to maintain this level of performances. During the last two weeks, he is averaging 5.4 (!!) triples and 1.6 steals and is ranked inside the top 40. I think he is more of a top 80 player for fantasy so I would try to capitalize on his hot streak and trade him in redraft leagues.

Bismack Biyombo: One of the nice career resurrection storylines has certainly been the signing of Biyombo by the Suns, who gave him a chance to show he still belongs in the league with Deandre Ayton out and he certainly did just that. Excluding ft% he was a top 80 performer during the last two weeks and certainly helped the owners that grabbed him from the wire. Ayton is back though so Biyombo has to return to the wire and patiently wait another Ayton injury or a blowout game (40% owned).