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Jan 8, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) controls the ball during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Celtics fans will get to watch Kemba Walker in the 2020 All-Star Game right from the start. But the best part is he beat out one of the more detestable former Celtics for the starting gig.

Walker has officially earned a starting role in the backcourt for the Eastern Conference in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, as the league announced on Thursday night. Making the vote more satisfying is that Walker beat Kyrie Irving for the No. 2 spot in the voting results. Walker earned a higher “weighted score” mainly by ranking No. 1 among all Eastern Conference guards from both players and media.

Fans still ranked Irving No. 2 ahead of Walker (3rd). Be better, fans.

Anyway, Hawks guard Trae Young earned the highest voting score and deserves it. He’s averaging 29.2 points and 8.6 assists per game. Walker’s not too shabby, though, with his per-game averages of 21.7 points, four rebounds, and five assists in the Celtics’ balanced offensive attack.

The question, now, is whether Walker’s teammates Jayson Tatum and/or Jaylen Brown will join him. Tatum looks like he has a pretty good chance of making the Eastern Conference roster as a reserve, since he finished fifth in frontcourt voting.

Here are the full starters for both conferences:

Unfortunately, Brown finished ninth among guards in Eastern Conference voting. So he may be a long shot to actually earn his first All-Star nod amongst a crowded group that includes Irving, Derrick Rose, Kyle Lowry, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, and Bradley Beal. But it’ll be fun for fans to at least see Walker in action with some of the NBA’s best.

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