The second round of NBA All-Star fan voting results came in on Thursday, with LeBron James and Steph Curry overtaking Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant for the top spots in each conference.
With the new changes to the All-Star format this season, shifting from the traditional West vs. East matchup to having team captains drafting teams, being the top vote-getter carries a bigger importance. Voting ends on Jan. 15, with votes being cast on NBA.com and the NBA App counting double on the final weekend as we near the selections being made official.
Unfortunately, the draft won’t be televised or broadcast anywhere this year, as commissioner Adam Silver noted the concerns of players that it could put the captains in difficult spots as they’d be picking players over others (which, like, is the entire reason the new format is intriguing). Hopefully that changes in the near future, but for now, we’ll just have to speculate about what the decision-making process was for each captain and where players were drafted.
With fan voting closing soon, 7-time NBA All-Star James Worthy spoke with us about why he’s in favor of the new format and how he thinks things would have gone back when he was an All-Star had guys like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird been captains. Worthy noted that he thought the Sunday game had grown stale and how the new format can bring a much needed new focus to the All-Star Game itself.