The NBA released the first wave of All-Star ballot results last week, so we have something of an idea of where the voters are leaning with regards to the Starters for the Eastern Conference.
|1. LeBron James (Cle) 552,967||1. John Wall (Was) 299,209|
|2. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 265,170||2. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 265,917|
|3. Pau Gasol (Chi) 247,953||3. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 237,356|
|4. Chris Bosh (Mia) 208,549||4. Kyle Lowry (Tor) 182,896|
|5. Kevin Love (Cle) 169,818||5. Derrick Rose (Chi) 105,465|
|6. Joakim Noah (Chi) 69,994||6. Jimmy Butler (Chi) 99,984|
|7. Marcin Gortat (Was) 57,715||7. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 51,946|
|8. Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 52,318||8. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 17,512|
|9. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 46,494||9. Louis Williams (Tor) 15,329|
|10. Al Jefferson (Cha) 43,230||10. Bradley Beal (Was) 13,911|
|11. Paul Pierce (Was) 35,197|
|12. Nikola Vucevic (Orl) 33,296|
|13. Paul Millsap (Atl) 21,545|
|14. Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 20,602|
|15. Andre Drummond (Det) 19,128|
So who are the guys that could make it in as reserves?
We asked Jessica Camerato, Alex Kennedy, Nate Duncan, Moke Hamilton and Joel Brigham to make some early predictions on those players that should get the nod from the coaches.
|Chris Bosh||Chris Bosh||Al Jefferson||Derrick Rose||Andre Drummond|
|Jimmy Butler*||Jimmy Butler*||Chris Bosh||Jimmy Butler*||Chris Bosh|
|Kevin Love*||Kevin Love*||Jimmy Butler*||Kevin Love*||Jimmy Butler*|
|Kyle Lowry*||Kyle Lowry*||Kevin Love*||Kyle Lowry*||Kevin Love*|
|Kyrie Irving*||Kyrie Irving*||Kyle Lowry*||Kyrie Irving*||Kyle Lowry*|
|Nikola Vucevic||Nikola Vucevic||Kyrie Irving*||Marcin Gortat||Kyrie Irving*|
|Paul Millsap||Paul Millsap||Paul Millsap||Paul Millsap||Nikola Vucevic|
*=Denoted unanimous selection
We asked each of our writers to walk us through their voting process a bit:
Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 19. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 22 with the 64th NBA All-Star Game tipping off Sunday, Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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