When the first batch of All-Star Game voting returns were released, many were surprised Warriors’ center Zaza Pachulia ranked second among frontcourt players — just behind teammate Kevin Durant, Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins.
This was all because of Georgia’s push for Pachulia to be part of the All-Star festivities.
Seeing how that turned out, a pair of local Facebook fan pages, Lakers Nation Philippines and PBA Memes, started a similar campaign for Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson.
“If Georgia can do it for Zaza, why can’t the Philippines, a basketball nation, do it for JC?” said the post by Lakers Nation Philippines.
Because of the efforts and overflowing support from the followers of both Facebook pages, Clarkson took notice and thanked his fans — giving them more reason to push for his inclusion in the NBA All-Star Game.
“Thanks for the #NBAVote support! I’d be proud to rep all of you at the All-Star Game,” he said in a tweet.
Clarkson is averaging 13.8 points (45% FG), 2.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds for the season. His Lakers are currently sitting in 12th spot in the West.
Leading the West backcourt after the first batch of All-Star voting returns were Steph Curry with 523,597 votes and James Harden with 519,446. Trailing in third was Russell Westbrook with 501,652.
There are only a few days left before the All-Star Game voting closes. Will Filipinos be able to help Clarkson crack that loaded Western Conference backcourt? Let’s see.
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