Twelve days after the opening of the votes for the All Star Game, the NBA unveiled a first count, and Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are the players who received the most votes. Frenchman Rudy Gobert, who is aiming for a third All Star Game, is ninth in his category.
On February 20, the 71st NBA All Star Game will be played in Cleveland. The votes have been open to the public since Christmas Day, and this Thursday, the NBA unveiled a first count. To date, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have received the most votes, with respectively 2,584,623 and 2,360,435 votes in their favor for twelve days.
If the situation remained there, the two superstars would be the captains of the two teams and would choose the players who would accompany them during the all-star game, regardless of their Conference, as has been the case since 2018. Remember that the players of the two major five are selected according to the number of votes (the votes of the fans count for 50%, and those of the media and the players for 25 %), while the replacements will be chosen by the coaches, themselves chosen according to their results since the start of the season.
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Gobert will have to rely on the coaches
For voting, players are divided into “inside” and “outside” and according to their Conference. To date, Stephen Curry is therefore the outside of the West who has received the most votes, ahead of Luka Doncic, Ja Morant and… Klay Thompson, who has not played since June 2019! In the East, DeMar DeRozan dominates this category, ahead of James Harden, Trae Young and Zach LaVine. As for interiors, LeBron James (who was captain with Durant last year) is No. 1 in the West, ahead of Nikola Jokic, Paul George and Andrew Wiggins. Kevin Durant is No. 1 in the East, ahead of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and Jayson Tatum.
Last year, Curry, James and Durant finished No. 1 in their category, but it was Bradley Beal who finished No. 1 outside the East. This year, the Washington player is not even in the Top 10. But his fans still have time to push him up the rankings, since they have until January 22 to vote. On the French side, Rudy Gobert of course hopes to play a third All Star Game. He is now ninth in the interiors of the West, with 218,919 votes collected, 100,000 votes behind eighth, Carmelo Anthony. The triple best defender of the year will probably have to rely on the coaches’ choice to go to Cleveland in a month and a half. The NBA will release a new tally on January 13.