LeBron leads NBA All-Star Game fan voting after second returns
The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James has surpassed the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Dončić and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to lead the NBA in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting presented by Google.
James has taken an 82,001-vote lead over Dončić among all Western Conference players. The NBA All-Star Game captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.
Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 69th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with every voter completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
In the second fan returns, James leads all players with 3,359,871 votes to keep the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt. The Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3,124,446) and the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2,210,539) continue to rank second and third, respectively, in the West frontcourt. Dončić leads the West guards with 3,277,870 votes. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden remains in second place, receiving 2,167,269 votes.
Antetokounmpo has increased his lead as the top vote-getter among all Eastern Conference players, earning 3,259,383 votes in the frontcourt group. He continues to be followed by second-place Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (1,784,211) and third-place Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors (1,730,763) in the East frontcourt.
In the East guard group, the top three players are separated by 58,051 votes. The Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (1,389,628) is still in first place, followed by second-place Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets (1,351,997) and third-place Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics (1,331,577).
The NBA All-Star 2020 team rosters will be drafted by the two captains. They will choose from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their selections regardless of conference affiliation.
TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains, on Thursday, Jan. 23 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader. The network will also announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 30 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.
NBA ALL-STAR VOTING PRESENTED BY GOOGLE: SECOND FAN RETURNS
1. LeBron James (LAL) 3,359,871
1. Luka Dončić (DAL) 3,277,870
2. Anthony Davis (LAL) 3,124,446
2. James Harden (HOU) 2,167,269
3. Kawhi Leonard (LAC) 2,210,539
3. Damian Lillard (POR) 687,855
4. Paul George (LAC) 845,719
4. Stephen Curry (GSW) 595,913
5. Nikola Jokić (DEN) 559,881
5. Russell Westbrook (HOU) 581,500
6. Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 545,385
6. Alex Caruso (LAL) 528,246
7. Kristaps Porzingis (DAL) 540,603
7. Donovan Mitchell (UTA) 449,835
8. Carmelo Anthony (POR) 520,021
8. Devin Booker (PHX) 381,071
9. Brandon Ingram (NOP) 444,522
9. D’Angelo Russell (GSW) 365,730
10. Dwight Howard (LAL) 390,037
10. Ja Morant (MEM) 257,433
Frontcourt / Guards
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 3,259,383
1. Trae Young (ATL) 1,389,628
2. Joel Embiid (PHI) 1,784,211
2. Kyrie Irving (BKN) 1,351,997
3. Pascal Siakam (TOR) 1,730,763
3. Kemba Walker (BOS) 1,331,577
4. Jimmy Butler (MIA) 1,400,293
4. Derrick Rose (DET) 918,550
5. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 1,182,663
5. Zach LaVine (CHI) 572,022
6. Tacko Fall (BOS) 543,352
6. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 567,896
7. Bam Adebayo (MIA) 349,078
7. Jaylen Brown (BOS) 544,361
8. Gordon Hayward (BOS) 291,608
8. Ben Simmons (PHI) 456,066
9. Domantas Sabonis (IND) 239,639
9. Bradley Beal (WAS) 447,107
10. Andre Drummond (DET) 228,190
10. Fred VanVleet (TOR) 351,391
After all votes are tallied, players will be ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups – fan votes, player votes and media votes. Each player’s score will be calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes. The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference will be named NBA All-Star Game starters. Fan voting will serve as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.
NBA All-Star Voting presented by Google began on Dec. 25 and runs until Monday, Jan. 20. The third and final fan voting update will be shared on Thursday, Jan. 16.
During the voting period, five “2-for-1 Days” allow fans to have their votes count twice. The remaining 2-for-1 Days, which are designated 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. ET, take place tomorrow (Jan. 10), Jan. 16 and Jan. 20 through all voting platforms. The other 2-for-1 Days were held on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3.
How Fans Can Vote:
● NBA.com voting page at vote.NBA.com: Fill out one full ballot per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) on vote.NBA.com from a desktop or mobile browser. Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.
● NBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which is available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day by selecting up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.
● Google: Vote on Google.com or on the Google app by searching for “NBA Vote” or “NBA All-Star Vote” or for a player or team. Fans may submit votes for 10 unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 20.
● The Google Assistant: Vote via any Google Assistant-enabled device by saying, “Hey Google, vote for the NBA All-Star Game.” Fans may submit votes for up to 10 unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 20. The Google Assistant is available on laptops, phones, speakers, tablets and other connected devices.