The rising legend of Tacko Fall has found its way into the initial results of fan balloting for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game.
The 7-foot-5 rookie center has been on the court for 11 minutes in three appearances for the Celtics this season due to a knee injury, averaging 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
But the Senegal native and former Central Florida sensation ranks sixth among Eastern Conference front-court players in the early returns of the voting — behind only Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Jimmy Butler and Boston teammate Jayson Tatum.
Voting continues through Jan. 20, but fan balloting only accounts for 50 percent of the vote, with the players’ vote comprising 25 percent and a panel of media members counting for the remaining 25 percent.
Second-year Dallas guard Luka Doncic leads all vote-getters with 1,073,957, barely ahead of Antetokounmpo, the reigning league MVP, and LeBron James.
Kyrie Irving, who has appeared in just 11 games for the Nets due to a shoulder injury, ranks second among Eastern Conference guards in the voting, trailing only the Hawks’ Trae Young.