The NBA moved away from fan voting being the only factor in determining the All-Star starters after the 2016 game when veteran role player Zaza Pachulia nearly became a starter thanks to a push from a Vine star (bet you didn’t think you’d read that sentence today). NBA commish Adam Silver changed the parameters for picking All-Star starters the next year, and now the vote is split between the fans (50 percent), media (25 percent), and players (25 percent). Each conference will have three frontcourt players and two guards selected as starters.
The All-Star fan voting results still generates plenty of attention in the NBA even if it’s no longer the sole determining factor. On Thursday, the league announced its first round of returns on the fan vote. As always, the fans got some things right and some things wrong. Let’s dive into it.
The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will be played in Cleveland on Sunday, February 20, 2022.
Let’s start with what the fans got right
Stephen Curry as the leading vote-getter, with nearly 2.6 million votes so far. He was No. 1 on my MVP ballot earlier this week, so kudos to the fans for getting that right.
LeBron James and Nikola Jokic are correctly the top-two frontcourt vote-getters in the West. I’d put Jokic over LeBron this season no question, but I won’t raise too much issue with the order considering LeBron is having an incredible year at age-37 when he’s been available.
The fans got the top-three frontcourt vote-getters in the East correct: Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid. Those are three of the five- or six best players in the league right now, and the fans nailed it.
DeMar DeRozan as the East’s leading backcourt vote-getter. Hitting two buzzer-beaters in a row will up the vote, I guess. DeRozan has been incredible all year, and his career-best season is the biggest reason the Chicago Bulls are shocking the league as the current No. 1 seed in the East.
What the fans got wrong with 2022 NBA All-Star voting
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