NBA All-Star Game: Derrick Rose ahead of James Harden in fan voting

Arnold Nichols
January 5, 2019

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James paced all players with 1,083,363 votes in the first 2019 NBA All-Star Game voting update that was released Thursday morning.

Rose and Doncic slotting ahead of legitimate superstars like Durant, Davis and James Harden seems jarring in some ways but, of course, it is important to remember that freaky fan voting is nothing new to the NBA All-Star Game.

According to totals released by the league Thursday, James is the first player to get more than 1 million votes (1,083,363) for the February 17 showcase at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

All current NBA players and a panel of basketball media each account for 25 percent of the vote.

While there's still plenty of time for Rose and Harden to switch spots in the polls - voting for fans, players and media ends on January 21 - it's still possible that Rose will find himself at his first All-Star Game since 2012. Laker stars like Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma also earned plenty of votes. The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best average weighted rank will be named starters.

In case you forgot - the player from the Western Conference that receives the most votes and the player from the Eastern Conference that receives the most votes will be the two captains who then draft the teams from the pool of All-Stars. James and Stephen Curry were captains for last season's exhibition, the first under the new format. LeBron and Curry were team captains in 2018. The coaches determine the seven reserves from each conference.

Currently, New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George are fourth and fifth, respectively, among Western Conference frontcourt players. Voting will conclude on January 21.

And that's just the Western Conference. Reserves will be announced on January 31. You can expect the All-Star draft to be televised on TNT.

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