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ESPN Panel Gives Three Heat Players First-Time All-Star Consideration for 2017

Whiteside and Dragic

In ESPN’s Summer Forecast released on Monday, the ESPN panel voted on which NBA players would make their first All-Star Game appearance in February 2017.

Of the many players that received votes, three Miami Heat players were selected to possibly make the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the first time.

Among the top 10 in vote-getters was Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who racked up a total of eight votes and tied Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert for ninth-most on the list.

Also on the list of first-time All-Stars were Heat point guard Goran Dragic with five votes and small forward Justise Winslow with one vote.

With the most votes, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns received 23, Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo notched 22, and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan finished with 20.

After former Heat superstar and three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade announced that he would be heading to the Chicago Bulls this offseason, the opportunity for current Miami players to step up in a big way this upcoming season is on the table for the taking.

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