NBA All-Star Game fan vote: Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Kevin Durant of the Nets lead the first comebacks


The NBA All-Star voting has been open since Christmas Day and the first returns arrived on Thursday. It shouldn’t surprise you that Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets are the main voters, but it should absolutely surprise you that Andrew Wiggins has more votes than Draymond Green.

Another Warriors surprise: Klay Thompson, who hasn’t played a game this year, has more votes than Devin Booker and Chris Paul.

Here is the distribution in the West:

1. LeBron James, Lakers (2,018,725)

1. Stephen Curry, warriors (2,584,623)

2. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets (1 649 809)

2. Luka Doncic, non-conformists (787 690)

3. Paul George, Lawnmowers (1,072,591)

3. Ja Morant, Grizzly Bears (669 033)

4. Andrew Wiggins, warriors (933 355)

4. Klay Thompson, warriors (367 743)

5. Draymond Green, warriors (691 423)

5. Devin Booker, Suns (338,526)

6. Anthony Davis, Lakers (592,281)

6. Chris Paul, Suns (315 912)

7. Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves (474,794)

7. Donovan Mitchell, Jazz (217,546)

8. Carmelo Anthony, Lakers (319,128)

8. Damian Lillard, Blazers (211 352)

9. Rudy Gobert, Jazz (218 819)

9. Russell Westbrook, Lakers (210,065)

10. Deandre Ayton, Suns (177 115)

10. Anthony Edwards, Wolves (128,863)

And in the East:

1. Kevin Durant, nets (2,360,435)

1. DeMar DeRozan, bulls (1,487,598)

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (2,145,835)

2. James Harden, Nets (892,065)

3. Joel Embiid, Sixers (1,236,060)

3. Trae Young, Hawks (862 878)

4. Jayson Tatum, Celtics (643,970)

4. Zach LaVine, bulls (776,043)

5. Jimmy Butler, Chaleur (522 513)

5. LaMelo Ball, Hornets (422 247)

6. Jarrett Allen, Cavaliers (168,019)

6. Kyrie Irving, Nets (267,929)

7. Bam Adebayo, Chaleur (141 693)

7. Derrick Rose, Knicks (232 501)

8. Miles Bridges, Hornets (122,554)

8. Tyler Herro, heat (122,224)

9. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nets (111,318)

9. Darius Garland, horsemen (119,399)

10. Nikola Vucevic, bulls (92 936)

10. Fred VanVleet, Raptors (108,529)

Early returns can be wacky – last year Alex Caruso and Tacko Fall (!) Were the big surprises – and the fan vote alone doesn’t determine the starters. Fans will represent half of the votes, while gamers and a panel of media members will each represent 25 percent.

That said, a few notes:

There are weird things in the west

Paul George was playing All-Star basketball before his injury, although he wasn’t shooting well. It’s strange, however, to see him head and shoulders above Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert.

The strangest thing, however, is that if anyone passes George, it could be Wiggins. While Wiggins is in the middle of a career year, it’s a bit much. I can understand him getting a Golden State bump, but what got him past the favorite for Defensive Player of the Year who plays for the same team?

Thompson and Carmelo Anthony clearly got their votes for sentimental reasons. Luka Doncic hasn’t been at his best this season, but you wouldn’t know by those numbers. Ja Morant would be a good starter, but it’s interesting that he got more than three times as many votes as Donovan Mitchell.

The back east race is a real race

DeMar DeRozan has a sizable lead among the Eastern Guards, but Trae Young is not far behind James Harden for second place. DeRozan’s teammate Zach LaVine is also not out of the race. Fun!

Personally, I would go with DeRozan and Young, but it’s a tough choice. My opinion could change three times before the end of the vote.

Another note on the East backcourt: VanVleet should be a lock for a reserve spot, and Darius Garland would probably be on my squad as well. But Kyrie Irving, who debuted the season last night, is ahead of both. Of course, fine, whatever, I guess.

The East Frontcourt race is not a race at all

This section is the easiest on the ballot. Durant, Antetokounmpo and Embiid all deserve starting spots, and based on that early vote, they’re going to get them. It’s hard to imagine Tatum or Butler winning over half a million votes.

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