First all-star selection! Who are the 5 new All-Stars?

All fan voting to select 24 players who will be on the stage of the 2022-2023 All-Star Game has ended. As a result, KCC’s Heo Ung won a total of 142,475 votes, taking the overwhelming first place, while Korea Gas Corporation’s Lee Dae-seong (96,186 votes) took second place. 

Five new faces were included in this all-star stage. Carrot’s Jeon Seong-hyeon, KCC’s Chung Chang-young, LG’s Asem Marey, KGC’s Omari Spellman, and Hyundai Mobis’ Ronjay Avarientos are the main characters. Here’s a brief look at the performances of the new All-Star players this season. 

Jeon Seong-hyun (Carrot / 89,451 votes, 7th place)
2022-2023 season: 20.3 points, 2.9 assists, 4.1 successful 3-point shots, 43.4% successful 3-point shots

Now, he has become the best shooter representing the league in name and reality. This is the story of Jeon Seong-hyun wearing a new uniform ahead of this season. 

Jeon Seong-hyun started to come out of the egg slowly after being discharged from the sangmu. Last season, he averaged 15.4 points and was one of the pillars of KGC’s offense. The 3-point burst, regardless of distance, is Jeon Seong-hyun’s greatest weapon.

After a successful season, Jeon Seong-hyun, who obtained FA status, wore Carrot’s uniform with his mentor, coach Kim Seung-gi. And Jeon Seong-hyun is proving the reason why Carrot chose him by surpassing his performance last season this year. 

So far, Jeon Sung-hyun is recording an average of 20.3 points. It’s his own career-high record, and it’s by far the number one among Carrot players. In addition, Jeon Seong-hyun is ranked second in scoring after Jamil Warney, even including foreign players.

Jeong Chang-young (KCC / 52,130 votes, 20th place)
2022-2023 season: 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, field goal rate 45.5%

This season’s all-star roster included as many as four names of KCC players. Apparently, as Heo Woong joined, KCC’s All-Star candidates also had a somewhat advantageous aspect in obtaining votes. 

Chung Chang-young also enjoyed the honor of being an All-Star for the first time in his life. Jung Chang-young, who took his first steps on the KBL stage as a member of LG in the 2011-2012 season, was selected as an All-Star in the 11th season of his KBL debut. 

This season, Chung Chang-young has been playing the role of KCC’s housekeeper by averaging 8.8 points. It is Jung Chang-young who is setting a new career-high record for his scoring. 

Asem Marey (LG / 49,517 votes, 22nd place)
2022-2023 season: 14.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, field goal rate 56.1%

Asem Maray, who is spending his second season at LG, also got the glory of his first All-Star appearance. 

Marey is averaging 14.8 points this season. That’s a bit down from his 16.4 points last season. However, considering that his playing time has been reduced from an average of 30 minutes 54 seconds to 24 minutes 56 seconds, it is still not a bad figure. Instead, it is Mare who has increased efficiency by increasing the field goal rate from 51.0% to 56.1%. 

In the case of his last season, Mare had to play a lot of time because the foreign players supporting him were poor. However, this season, as Dante Cunningham, the second option, performed well, Marey was able to save his stamina and play the season. 

His rebounding ability is still there, too. Marey, who led the league with an average of 13.5 rebounds last season, is also averaging 13.1 rebounds this season, putting his name on the top overall. 

Omari Spellman (KGC / 49,350 votes, 23rd)
2022-2023 season: 19.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, field goal rate 44.2%

Like Marey, Omari Spellman, who is in his second year in the league, is also able to shine his face on the All-Star stage this season. 

Spellman, who led KGC to the playoffs by making a big success in the regular league last season, swallowed regret by failing to manage his body in the playoffs. Spellman, who has prepared for this season with great pride, is still showing off his skills and leading KGC. 

Coach Kim Sang-sik, who was appointed as KGC’s new command tower, allowed Spellman to freely attack outside the play-in he wanted. As a result, Spellman has increased his 3-point attempts from 7.2 to 7.8, which is his favorite play. 

Compared to last season, there is a certain decrease in stats, but it is not a big difference. Amidst Spellman’s continued performance, KGC has overturned expectations and has been running for first place since the beginning of the season. 

Ronjay Avarientos (Hyundai Mobis / 48,811 votes, 24th)
2022-2023 season: 13.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 39.0% field goal rate

This season, KBL expanded the Asian quota system to the Philippines. As a result, many Filipino players set foot on the KBL stage. 

Hyundai Mobis’s Ronjay Avarientos is the hit that most successfully settled on the KBL stage among these Filipino players. Up until now, he has recorded an average of 13.1 points and 4.7 assists, completely eradicating the unstable guard line problem, which was considered one of Hyundai Mobis’ weaknesses. There are occasional scenes where he takes excessive shot selection, but his strengths in other areas stand out. 

With Avarientos holding the center of the guard, Hyundai Mobis is putting its name in third place with 17 wins and 14 losses, overturning expectations before the season. Recognized for this achievement, Avarientos ranked 24th in the fan vote and became the main character of the last All-Star.  메이저놀이터

Side Story
First All

-Star Game in Suwon The stage for this All-Star Game has been confirmed as Suwon KT Sonicboom Arena. At the same time, the All-Star Game of the 2022-2023 season became the first All-Star Game to be held in Suwon. 

As KT moved from Busan to Suwon ahead of last season, the basketball world also started paying attention to Suwon. Suwon became the 3rd city to have professional football/basketball/baseball/volleyball teams along with Seoul and Incheon. KT Wiz is a baseball team, and Hyundai E&C, a women’s professional volleyball player, is also based in Suwon. Among the soccer teams, there are Suwon Samsung and Suwon FC. 

With this all-star game held, basketball fever in Suwon is expected to burn even hotter. KT, which has settled in Suwon, is currently working hard to increase the popularity of basketball by carrying out various collaborative activities for local coexistence with Suwon City. 

KBL also expressed its anticipation, saying, “We are looking forward to revitalizing basketball in the related region and expanding the base through the hosting of the professional basketball All-Star Game in Suwon Special City.” 

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