Shortly after it was reported the NBA and players association are close to an agreement on an in-person All-Star game on March 7 in Atlanta, the league released its first batch of vote totals with Jerami Grant and Derrick Rose of the Detroit Pistons each making the cut.
That’s not to see they’re close to being name All-Stars, they are still miles away from being one of the top-two vote getters at guard or top-3 in frontcourt players.
Grant barely made the cut with 134,487 votes, good for 10th place among frontcourt players in the East. Rose, meanwhile, still has his stans, and they gifted him 183,899 votes among guards. Below Rose were Russell Westbrook and Ben Simmons. Talk about a trifecta of toxic online NBA discourse ...
Anyway. The top vote-getter overall is Kevin Durant with more than 2.3 million votes. Second is LeBron James (first in the West) with 2.2 million.
As of now, your starters for each conference would be:
C — Joel Embiid (1.5 million)
PF — Giannis Antetokounmpo (1.7 million)
SF — Kevin Durant (2.3 million)
SG — Bradley Beal (1.2 million)
PG — Kyrie Irving (1 million)
C — Nikola Jokic (1.4 million)
PF — Kawhi Leonard (1.2 million)
SF — LeBron James (2.2 million)
SG — Luka Doncic (1.3 million)
PG — Steph Curry (2.1 million)
The league and players are still finalizing details on the All-Star game, with the plan being to transport the players in for the game and out quickly after with none of the parties and glitz normally associated with All-Star weekend.
There is currently a break from March 5-10 that most players will get to rest and be with family, and the two sides are apparently still working out opt-out clauses, per ESPN.