Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Simmons' NBA All-Star bid on shaky ground

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Cary Erickson | 11 January, 2019, 11:41

The NBA league released the most recent voting counts on Thursday, and neither James Harden nor Kevin Durant are among the current starting five for the Western Conference squad. George joins Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic in the conference's frontcourt, with Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry in the backcourt. In the East, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard are the only two above 2 million votes behind Giannis, but Dwyane Wade has 1.9 million votes as the fourth-leading vote-getter out East.

Thunder forward Paul George has moved up to third in the second fan returns of All-Star 2019 voting for Western Conference frontcourt players, the National Basketball Association announced Thursday afternoon. This round of voting returns revealed that Doncic has actually passed Curry in a fairly stunning move to become the second leading vote-getter in the Western Conference.

Fan make up 50 percent of the voting for the 10 starters for the All-Star Game, which will take place on February 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Voting for fans, players and media concludes Monday, Jan. 21 at 8:59 p.m. PT.

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The captains' draft will be televised this season. Each captain will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.

Walker is third among East guards with 858,798 votes, ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons with 695,032. Reserves will be announced January 31.

The two guards and three front-court players with the best score in each conference will be named NBA All-Star Game starters.