Thursday, 14 November, 2019

National Basketball Association fans are making some odd choices for the 2019 All-Star Game

Russell Westbrook laughs between teammates Paul George left and Steven Adams while waiting to take NBA All-Star Game 2019: LeBron James, Giannis top vote-getters in first returns; Luka Doncic second in West votes
Shannon Reynolds | 04 January, 2019, 11:46

Other top vote-getters in the Western Conference include Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose and Golden State Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.

Rose and Doncic slotting ahead of legitimate superstars like Durant, Davis and James Harden seems jarring in some ways but, of course, it is important to remember that freaky fan voting is nothing new to the NBA All-Star Game.

For the NBA All-Star game, five starters from each conference are voted in by a combination of votes from fans, players and media.

Currently, New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George are fourth and fifth, respectively, among Western Conference frontcourt players.

Los Angeles Lakers star playmaker James received the most votes with 1,083,363 to pace the Western Conference while Milwaukee Bucks forward Antetokounmpo led the Eastern Conference with 991,561 votes in the first fan ballot returns.

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Wade is the only Heat player among the top 10 in the voting among guards or frontcourt players. Adams famously said in December that he doesn't care about being considered for the All-Star Game.

Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on January 21.

The fan voting accounts for 50 percent of the final determination of the 10 All-Star starters, with voting by current National Basketball Association players and a media panel each accounting for 25 percent. The All-Star starters - and captains - will be announced January 24.

The leading vote-getter from each conference is selected as a captain for their respective team in the All-Star Game.

Dwyane Wade may be playing in his final National Basketball Association season, but he's still one of the most popular players in the National Basketball Association. The reserves, as selected by the head coaches, will be announced January 31 on TNT.

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