NBA All-Star voting 2022: Takeaways from second fan vote returns to resolve captains, beginning lineups

The NBA launched the second fan vote returns for the 2022 NBA All-Star Recreation on Thursday, Jan. 13.

The primary fan vote returns confirmed that Warriors star Stephen Curry and Nets star Kevin Durant have been frontrunners to captain the All-Star groups, and that hasn’t modified within the second fan vote returns. Lakers star LeBron James has leapfrogged Durant for the second-most votes within the league, however that doesn’t change Durant’s present captain standing.

Similar to in years previous, followers will account for 50% of the ultimate vote for this yr’s All-Star Recreation. The opposite 50% is made up of present gamers and a media panel, with either side accounting for 25% of the vote.

Voting started on Dec. 25 and can conclude at 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 22.

The 71st NBA All-Star Recreation will happen on Sunday, Feb. 20 at eight p.m. ET.


Now, onto takeaways from the outcomes…

The outcomes

High 10 vote-getters

  1. Stephen Curry – 4,463,426
  2. LeBron James – 4,386,392
  3. Kevin Durant – 4,088,334
  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo – 3,808,458
  5. Nikola Jokic – 3,016,380
  6. DeMar DeRozan – 2,973,854
  7. Joel Embiid – 2,357,404
  8. Andrew Wiggins – 1,829,733
  9. Paul George – 1,773,447
  10. Ja Morant – 1,633,313

​If voting ended right now, fan-voted starters could be…

Jap Convention   Western Convention
DeMar DeRozan Guard Stephen Curry
Trae Younger Guard Ja Morant
Kevin Durant Frontcourt LeBron James
Giannis Antetokounmpo Frontcourt Nikola Jokic
Joel Embiid Frontcourt Andrew Wiggins

The tightest races for beginning spots

The Western Convention frontcourt has the closest race for a beginning spot, with a brand new title coming into the beginning lineup as of the most recent fan vote returns: Wiggins has handed Paul George in the interim, with solely 56,286 votes separating the 2 gamers. Whereas it is price mentioning once more that the fan vote solely counts for 50% of the ultimate vote, it is also price noting that George is at the moment sidelined with an elbow harm and would doubtless want a substitute if he did crack the beginning lineup.

The subsequent-tightest contest is for the second guard spot within the Jap Convention. On the primary All-Star fan vote returns, it was Nets star James Harden who joined DeRozan within the backcourt. This time round, Younger has leaped each Harden and Zach LaVine to take that second backcourt spot, with 153,730 votes separating him and LaVine.

The opposite race to regulate is the second backcourt spot within the West, the place Morant has jumped Luka Doncic. Morant’s latest surge has paid off, taking a 222,708-vote lead over Doncic for the second beginning spot amongst Western Convention guards.

New names coming into the highest 10

Within the Western Convention, there have been no new names within the prime 10 for the frontcourt or backcourt, however there was some shuffling among the many similar group of gamers.

Within the Jap Convention, there have been solely two new names that popped up within the prime 10.

Within the frontcourt, Toronto Raptors ahead and one-time All-Star Pascal Siakam entered the dialog, receiving 244,042 votes to rank eighth within the East. Within the backcourt, Boston Celtics guard and one-time All-Star Jaylen Brown entered the highest 10, receiving 217,463 votes to rank 10th within the East.

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Who left the highest 10?

To attach the dots for you, since there have been no new names among the many prime 10 within the frontcourt or backcourt within the West, which means there have been no names that dropped off.

Within the East, with Siakam taking a prime 10 frontcourt spot, it was Bulls heart and two-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic who fell off the listing. Within the backcourt, Brown changed the Miami Warmth’s Sixth Man of the Yr candidate Tyler Herro.

Additionally price noting

Lakers veteran ahead Carmelo Anthony continues to obtain love from the followers, tallying 886,014 votes to rank seventh within the West frontcourt. Lakers guard Russell Westbrook has additionally jumped up on the listing, going from ninth final week to sixth this week within the West backcourt.

Within the East, Nets veteran LaMarcus Aldridge surprisingly remained within the prime 10, receiving 216,216 votes. Within the backcourt, Raptors star Fred VanVleet continues to be outpaced by Nets guard Kyrie Irving, who has solely performed in three video games, and New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose, who has missed vital time attributable to an ankle harm.

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