The NBA has released its first batch of fan votes that they’ve been collecting for the last couple of weeks and the public did not waste any time getting weird with their choices.
Among the typical superstars sitting near the top (LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, etc.) are some more interesting names – and more than a couple of former Kentucky stars.
First returns on 2020 NBA All-Star voting:
LeBron leads all vote-getters. Fan favorite Kyrie Irving with a slight lead over Kemba Walker for second spot in tight guard race in East. pic.twitter.com/jD9Ckp83Ga
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) January 2, 2020
Corralling the most fan votes thus far has been Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic, who only narrowly edges out Antetokounmpo by fewer than 700 votes. As for the BBNBA, Anthony Davis (955,246 votes), Karl-Anthony Towns (173,129), Devin Booker (91,817), and Bam Adebayo (104,086) have received a notable amount of votes. But mixed in with the former ‘Cats and NBA superstars are a few fan favorites.
Carmelo Anthony (142,292 votes), Derrick Rose (233,669), Alex Caruso (92,233), Dwight Howard (69,785) and the great Tacko Fall (110,269) are all in the running with only two more weeks left before the media, coaches, and players put in their say. I’d expect all four of them to maintain that status. Even Steph Curry (191,149 votes) should continue to haul in more picks despite sitting out with a broken hand for all but the first four games of the 2019-20 season.
The media, coaches, and players picks will even out the results as we get closer to actually selecting the All-Stars. Because in no way should Alex Caruso find his way into an NBA All-Star game before Devin Booker. And underrated, less-publicized ballers such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Eric Bledsoe will earn some bonus votes.
The NBA will unveil two more groupings of fan votes on Jan. 9 and Jan. 16 with the final rosters being announced on Jan. 30. The 2020 NBA All-Star game is on Feb. 16 in Chicago.
Reminder, you can place your own votes by clicking the link here.