Luka Doncic And Derrick Rose Headline The First NBA All-Star Voting Returns

Mae Harvey
January 5, 2019

It'll be tough to get Steven Adams in, but according to the first fan voting returns released Thursday, Adams is held in high regard. Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic now lands as the No. 2 vote-getter among Western Conference forwards, placing ahead of Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Paul George in the pecking order.

After all votes are tallied, players will be ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups (fan, player and media votes).

Fans account for 50% of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the game.

Draymond Green is in ninth place in the frontcourt, while DeMarcus Cousins - who hasn't played a single second this year - is in 10th with almost 93,000 votes. Every voter will complete one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. This year's game will follow the same format as last year, with two team captains drafting players regardless of conference affiliation.

The All-Star format will be the same as last season.

After the starters are determined, the reserves are voted on by the coaches.

In the Eastern Conference, Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker and 76ers guard Ben Simmons are third and fourth in the backcourt voting, respectively. The network will announce reserves, as selected by National Basketball Association head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Voting will conclude on Monday, Jan. 21 at 8:59pm PT.

Wade, who is averaging 14.1 points on 41.2 percent shooting off the Heat's bench this season, last appeared in the All-Star Game in 2016.

The Lakers are also represented by Kyle Kuzma receiving 195,477 votes, good for eighth amongst frontcourt players in the Western Conference. The All-Star starters - and captains - will be announced January 24.

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