The most surprising news from the NBA All-Star starter announcement is without a doubt the inclusion of Golden State Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins.
The Warriors star isn't the only first-time All-Star on the list, with fellow newcomer Ja Morant taking one of the guard spots in his first All-Star Game. But Wiggins is certainly the least statistically accomplished star among the 10 selected.
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Nikola Jokic@JaMorant @22wiggins pic.twitter.com/V1mYl1v1j3
— NBA (@NBA) January 28, 2022
Where Andrew Wiggins got an edge was with the fan vote, as Warriors supporters turned out in droves to support their Canadian candidate. But a large chunk of that contingent actually came thanks to some support from K-Pop stans.
Based on a report from Alex Shultz from SFGate, the Warriors made the shrewd move to bring onboard K-Pop star BamBam earlier this year. He made a post on Instagram announcing his partnership with the team as a “Global Ambassador” and quickly got to work.
The very same day, he made a post in support of Andrew Wiggins' All-Star campaign that quickly went viral. The tweet garnered 68.1 thousand likes, 36.8k retweets and nearly three thousand quote tweets as of time of writing, which according to SFGate is the most traction any single tweet has received in support of an NBA player's All-Star candidacy.
It’s the best time to begin 2022! He is one of the best two-way players!
Wiggs deserves to be an All-Star, vote Andrew Wiggins into the 2022 NBA All-Star Game..and I can’t wait to meet you all very soon#AndrewWiggins #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/bpOXKAJ920
— BamBam (@BamBam1A) January 8, 2022
Obviously, the Warriors star did the heavy lifting by having himself a stellar season on his own right as a vital cog on a legitimate championship contender. But a little help from a K-Pop star never hurt.