Fred VanVleet‘s all-star expertise is over.
The Toronto Raptors guard scored six factors in 9 minutes of motion as a part of Staff LeBron’s 163-160 victory Sunday over Staff Durant.
However whereas VanVleet did not get too nice of an opportunity to indicate what he might do, he seems like his time knocking boots with the NBA’s elite, previous and current, was worthwhile.
“It was in all probability being within the locker room and simply being across the guys and listen to a few of the tales and share tales,” VanVleet stated over video convention of what the very best a part of the weekend was for him. “I feel that is in all probability the very best half, simply to be part of the brotherhood of (what this) elite degree is.”
VanVleet, 27, was a first-time all-star in his sixth NBA season. He’s the eighth completely different Raptors participant to be named an all-star and is simply the fourth undrafted participant within the NBA’s fashionable period to be chosen to the league’s prestigious showcase.
This season, he is averaging 21.6 factors and 7 assists per recreation whereas taking pictures 40.1 per cent from three-point vary on 10 makes an attempt per recreation — second solely to Stephen Curry’s 12.3 per contest.
VanVleet additionally averages a league-leading 38.4 minutes per recreation, so taking part in the sparse 9 minutes he bought was truly a welcome flip of occasions for him.
“I am proud of the way in which the night time went,” stated VanVleet. “We received, I bought on the market and made a pair photographs, bought some cardio in. That is it. I am good.”
VanVleet seemingly would’ve performed extra Sunday, however he was seemingly requested to take a seat out to make manner for Curry’s sensible efficiency.
The Golden State Warriors star delivered the best taking pictures efficiency in all-star recreation historical past, making a document 16 three-pointers within the recreation on his option to 50 factors, simply two shy of the all-star recreation document.
For his spectacular play, Curry was awarded the inaugural Kobe Bryant MVP Trophy.
VanVleet seemed to be a casualty on the way in which to Curry profitable the all-star recreation MVP award, however he took all of it in stride and, like most individuals watching, was simply having fun with the present.
“(I) was simply having fun with it. I had fairly good seats to look at the present,” stated VanVleet. “He was locked in and it was enjoyable.”
For the sport, VanVleet completed 2-for-4 from the ground, with all of his photographs coming from three-point vary. A greater displaying than simply the 16 factors he managed to place up within the three-point taking pictures contest on Saturday night time.
In that contest, he started his competitors by bricking a ball off the aspect of the backboard within the left nook.
The primary shot he made on Sunday was from that very same spot and he splashed it residence with none issues.
Up subsequent for VanVleet will probably be some relaxation and rest together with his household earlier than he will get again to work with the Raptors.
Toronto will resume its season on Feb. 25 in Charlotte to tackle the Hornets.
The Raptors start the unofficial begin to the second half of the season in seventh place within the Japanese Convention with a 32-25 document.