Toronto Raptors star guard Fred VanVleet was named to the NBA’s All-Star team on Thursday. VanVleet was rewarded for his strong efforts this season, though his All-Star selection was not only a sign of how far he’s advanced as a player, but also a historic feat. VanVleet’s NBA All-Star selection revived a feat not seen in the NBA in 16 years.
UNDRAFTED TO ALL-STAR 🌟
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Raptors star Fred VanVleet became the first undrafted player to be named an NBA All-Star since Detroit Pistons stud defender Ben Wallace did it back in 2006. VanVleet has played a whopping 38.6 minutes per game and has been very busy in that playing time, as he’s averaged 21.5 points, 7.0 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per contest.
VanVleet’s play has been a huge reason why the Raptors are back in the playoff picture. Not only that, but the star guard has come a long way since entering the league as an undrafted player in 2016. He went from playing just seven minutes per game to being head coach Nick Nurse’s most trusted player in the rotation.
An All-Star berth almost doesn’t even describe how much better Fred VanVleet has become. However, it’s the perfect way to honor the Raptors star’s hard work- and Toronto fans will enjoy every moment of the NBA All-Star game as a result.