The first round of All-Star voting has been released and while Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond both make an appearance, neither Detroit Pistons player is close to enough votes to secure a starting spot in the All-Star game.
Griffin has 192,694 votes ranking sixth among Eastern Conference front court players. Drummond has just 68,204 votes to rank eighth. In seventh place is the seemingly immortal Vince Carter of the Atlanta Hawks. Obviously, his 18-point explosion in December against the Pistons turned a lot of heads.
While the NBA adopted a weighted system that accounts for fan vote, media vote and player vote, the fans account for 50 percent of the score. Only the top three frontcourt players secure a starting spot and Giannis Antetokounmpo (991,561 votes), Kawhi Leonard (774,172) and Joel Embiid (648,002) are far outpacing everyone else in the East.
The top three guards in the East are Kyrie Irving (910,329), Dwyane Wade’s swan song (409,156) and Kemba Walker (319,519).
The West is led in the frontcourt by some guy named LeBron James (1,083,362), rookie Luka Doncic (679,839) and Kevin Durant (659,968). The guards are Steph Curry (793,111), Derrick Rose(!) (698,086) and James Harden (541,606).
The All-Star game will be held in Charlotte this year (vote for Kemba!) on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast on TNT. Voting ends Jan. 21.
Today is a 2-for-1 day, meaning every vote for a player counts twice. Vote at http://nba.com/vote.