2022 NBA All-Star Voting: Key takeaways from second fan vote returns to decide on starting captains and rosters

The NBA released the second return of fan votes for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday, January 13.

The first fan vote returns showed Warriors star Stephen Curry and Nets star Kevin Durant were the first to captain All-Star teams, and that didn’t change in the second fan vote. Lakers star LeBron James at overtook Durant for the second-most votes in the league, but that doesn’t change Durant’s current captain status.

Much like past years, fans will represent 50% of the final vote for this year’s All-Star Game. The remaining 50% is made up of current players and a media panel, with each side accounting for 25% of the vote.

Voting began on December 25 and will end at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 22.

The 71st NBA All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, February 20 at 8 p.m. ET.


Now on to take out results…

The results

Top 10 voters

  1. Stephen Curry – 4,463,426
  2. LeBron James – 4,386,392
  3. Kevin Durant – 4,088,334
  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo – 3,808,458
  5. Nikola Jokic – 3,016,380
  6. DeMar DeRozan – 2,973,854
  7. Joël Embiid – 2,357,404
  8. Andrew Wiggins – 1,829,733
  9. Paul George – 1,773,447
  10. Ja Morant – 1,633,313

If the voting ended today, the starters voted by the fans would be …

Eastern Conference Western Conference
DeMar DeRozan To keep Stephen curry
Young Traé To keep Ja Morant
Kevin Durant Front yard James lebron
Giannis Antetokounmpo Front yard Nikola Jokic
Joel embiid Front yard Andrew Wiggins

The tightest races for the starting places

The Western Conference frontcourt has the closest race for a starting spot, with a new name entering the starting lineup on the last fan vote: Wiggins has passed Paul George so far, with just 56,286 votes. separating the two players. While it’s worth mentioning again that the fan vote only counts for 50% of the final vote, it’s also worth noting that George is currently sidelined due to an elbow injury and likely would have need a replacement if it was part of the starting lineup.

The next tightest contest is for second place guard in the Eastern Conference. In the first All-Star fan vote, it was Nets star James Harden who joined DeRozan in the backcourt. This time around, Young jumped up from both Harden and Zach LaVine to take that second in the backcourt, with 153,730 votes separating him from LaVine.

The other race to watch is second place in the backcourt in the West, where Morant jumped Luka Doncic. Morant’s recent push paid off, taking a 222,708 vote lead over Doncic for the starting second place among the Western Conference guards.

New names entering the top 10

In the Western Conference, there weren’t any new top 10 names for the front or backcourt, but there were some shuffles among the same group of players.

In the Eastern Conference, only two new names appeared in the top 10.

In the frontcourt, Toronto Raptors forward and former all-star Pascal Siakam entered the conversation, receiving 244,042 votes to place eighth in the East. In the backcourt, Boston Celtics goaltender and former All-Star Jaylen Brown entered the top 10, receiving 217,463 votes to place 10th in the East.

2022 NBA All-Star Voting: Key takeaways from second fan vote returns to decide on starting captains and rosters
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Who left the top 10?

To connect the dots for you, since there weren’t any new top 10 names in the front or backcourt in the West, that means there weren’t any names that dropped.

In the East, with Siakam leading the top 10, it was Bulls center and two-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic who fell from the list. In the backcourt, Brown replaced Miami Heat sixth man of the year contender Tyler Herro.

Also note

Veteran Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony continues to receive the love of fans, adding 886,014 votes to place seventh in the West Frontcourt. Lakers goalie Russell Westbrook also jumped on the roster, dropping from ninth last week to sixth this week in the west backcourt.

In the East, veteran Nets LaMarcus Aldridge surprisingly remained in the top 10, receiving 216,216 votes. In the backcourt, Raptors star Fred VanVleet continues to be edged out by Nets goalie Kyrie Irving, who has only played three games, and New York Knicks goaltender Derrick Rose, who missed a lot of time. due to an ankle injury.

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