The NBA revealed the first fan vote returns for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday.
Just like in years past, fans will account for 50% of the final vote for this year’s All-Star Game. The other 50% is made up of current players and a media panel, with each side accounting for 25% of the vote.
Voting began on Dec. 25 and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 22.
The 71st NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. ET.
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Now, onto takeaways from the results…
Top 10 vote-getters
If voting ended today, fan-voted starters would be…
The tightest races for starting spots
The second starting guard spot in the Eastern Conference is the closest race, where James Harden (892,065 votes) just edges out Trae Young (862,878 votes). The 29,187-vote difference is the smallest margin among starters.
The Western Conference has two close votes – one for the final frontcourt spot and the other for the final backcourt spot.
The battle for the backcourt spot is the second-closest race, with Luka Doncic (787,690 votes) beating out Ja Morant (669,033 votes) by 118,657 votes. In the frontcourt, Paul George (1,072,591) edges out Andrew Wiggins (933,355) for the third starting spot by a 139,236-vote difference.
Also receiving votes
Every year, there seem to be unexpected names that sneak onto the fan vote list. Derrick Rose is a mainstay in this section, receiving 232,501 votes this season.
There were a few others that stuck out, like Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (319,128 votes) and Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (111,318 votes).
It’s also worth noting that potential first-time All-Stars like Morant, Wiggins, Deandre Ayton and Anthony Edwards all cracked the top 10 at their respective positions in the West. The same goes for LaMelo Ball, Tyler Herro, Darius Garland, Fred VanVleet, Jarrett Allen and Miles Bridges in the East.
Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving each crack the top 10
Two names that should have stuck out to you on the list of vote-getters are Thompson and Irving.
Irving just made his debut on Wednesday, yet he has already amassed 267,929 votes, good for sixth-most in the East. That is more votes than players like VanVleet and Garland, who have been fantastic for their respective teams all season.
Thompson has yet to even take the floor for the Warriors (although his debut is right around the corner, expected to return on Sunday) and he tallied 367,743 votes, good for fourth-most in the West. He received more votes than superstars on top-tier teams like Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Donovan Mitchell.
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