With the beginning of the new year, it means we are getting closer to the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend. As of right now, it shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that LeBron James is leading vote-getter as first results came in.
James is a 14-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA All-Star MVP. He leads the list with 1,083,363 votes to earn the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt. Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic ranks second in the West frontcourt with 679,839 votes, followed by the Warriors’ Kevin Durant who has 659,968 votes. The Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (605,417) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (580,055) finish up the group.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been an NBA All-Star the last two years and received 991,561 votes in the frontcourt group to lead the Eastern Conference. The Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (774,172) and the 76ers’ Joel Embiid (648,002) round out the top three.
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Fans account for 50% of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the game. Current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25% of the vote. Voting will conclude on Jan. 21th.
With James and Giannis mostly likely to serve as this year’s captains, it will be interesting to see whom each captain will draft to their respected team. All eyes will especially be on James, especially with the first pick. Will he draft Davis first overall? A move like that could indicate all everyone wants to know in terms of who James really wants as a running mate in Los Angeles.
Unlike last year’s All-Star Draft, this one will be televised live. So everyone will see real-time reaction and factors to why each captain made their respectful choices.
The 68th All-Star game will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.