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Curry, Harden, Durant, Davis, Cousins Named Western Conference All-Star Starters

Jan 18, 2018 6:17 PM

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game starters for the Western Conference have been announced, headlined by Stephen Curry.

G: Stephen Curry (Captain)
G: James Harden
F: Kevin Durant
F: Anthony Davis 
F: DeMarcus Cousins

Based on the fan voting, they would have had Manu Ginobili ahead of Harden, as well as Draymond Green over Cousins. The media voting had LaMarcus Aldridge over Cousins.

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LeBron, Giannis, Embiid, Kyrie, DeRozan Named Eastern ASG Starters

Jan 18, 2018 6:06 PM

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game starters for the Eastern Conference have been announced, headlined by LeBron James.

F: LeBron James (Captain)
F: Giannis Antetokounmpo
F: Joel Embiid
G: Kyrie Irving
G: DeMar DeRozan

The fan and media voting had these five starters on their ballots, but the players ballots had Kristaps Porzingis ahead of Joel Embiid.

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LeBron James Receives Most 2018 All-Star Games Votes

Jan 18, 2018 3:12 PM

LeBron James will be announced as the leading vote getter in the All-Star Game voting and will be one of the two captains.

In the Western Conference, Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant are expected to receive the most votes.

Durant previously said he would prefer not to serve as captain.

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Video: NBA All-Star Game Leading Vote Getters

Jan 18, 2018 3:05 PM

For the first time in NBA history, the leading vote getters in each conference will serve as captains and select the All-Star Game teams. The following list shows who would have served as captains since 1980 as the leading vote getters in each conference. 

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Kevin Durant Doesn't Want To Be ASG Captain

Jan 12, 2018 9:34 AM

Kevin Durant is not interested in being one of the captains of the All-Star Game in which he would pick teams with the leading vote getter of the Eastern Conference.

“I don't want to do it,” Durant told The Athletic. “I'd rather somebody else do it. It's cool to be an All-Star, but all the extra stuff … I just want to go play in the game. (The new format)'s cool, a different way, a creative way that's good for the fans. But me, I'll let somebody else pick the teams.”

Stephen Curry is likely to finish with the most votes and actually be the captain of the Western Conference.

“Why not?” Curry told The Athletic. “I'll be the first to usher in the new system. I used to go to the playground all the time and you wanted to be the guy picking teams. That meant you were something on the court back in the day. It'll be a cool vibe to see how it all shakes out and how unique you can make the lineups.”

“Yeah, yeah, I'm definitely going to Twitter tonight to get those Steph Curry #NBAVotes in,” Durant laughed. “Because he'd be a perfect guy to pick teams. Me on the other hand, don't think I'll do so well.”

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LeBron James, Stephen Curry Take All-Star Game Voting Lead

Jan 11, 2018 2:39 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry have taken the lead in their respective conferences in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2018.

Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 67th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, TNT). All current NBA players and a panel of basketball media account for 25 percent each, with every participant completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Monday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

In the second fan returns, James totaled 1,622,838 votes to pass the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (1,480,954) as the top vote-getter in the Eastern Conference and overall. James and Antetokounmpo are followed in the East frontcourt by the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (784,287) and the New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (640,928).

The Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving continues to lead all East guards, ranking third in the conference and overall with 1,370,643 votes. The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan (537,168) is still second among East guards, while Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (397,942) has edged ahead of the Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (385,448) for third place.

In the Western Conference, Curry (1,369,658) has passed teammate Kevin Durant (1,326,059) to become the leading vote-getter. Curry, the Houston Rockets’ James Harden (978,540) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (791,332) continue to be the top three guards in the West.

Durant maintains the top spot in the West frontcourt. The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (664,687) remains in second place, while Golden State’s Draymond Green (616,730) has moved ahead of New Orleans’ DeMarcus Cousins (587,835) for third place.

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (CLE) 1,622,838
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 1,480,954
3. Joel Embiid (PHI) 784,287
4. Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 640,928
5. Kevin Love (CLE) 458,157
6. Al Horford (BOS) 229,906
7. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 213,499
8. Enes Kanter (NYK) 159,010
9. Andre Drummond (DET) 139,226
10. Dwight Howard (CHA) 111,768

Guards
1. Kyrie Irving (BOS) 1,370,643
2. DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 537,168
3. Ben Simmons (PHI) 397,942
4. Victor Oladipo (IND) 385,448
5. Dwyane Wade (CLE) 353,273
6. John Wall (WAS) 328,215
7. Isaiah Thomas (CLE) 252,552
8. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 176,590
9. Bradley Beal (WAS) 151,765
10. Jaylen Brown (BOS) 103,622

Western Conference

Frontcourt
1. Kevin Durant (GSW) 1,326,059
2. Anthony Davis (NOP) 664,687
3. Draymond Green (GSW) 616,730
4. DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) 587,835
5. Paul George (OKC) 547,582
6. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 446,133
7. Carmelo Anthony (OKC) 378,718
8. Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 325,903
9. Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 320,884
10. LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS) 315,918

Guards
1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 1,369,658
2. James Harden (HOU) 978,540
3. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 791,332
4. Klay Thompson (GSW) 686,825
5. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 657,827
6. Chris Paul (HOU) 331,522
7. Lonzo Ball (LAL) 294,197
8. Damian Lillard (POR) 266,519
9. Jimmy Butler (MIN) 173,245
10. Devin Booker (PHO) 162,970

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Adam Silver Explains Why NBA Won't Televise All-Star Game Draft

Jan 11, 2018 10:23 AM

Adam Silver explained why the NBA will not televise the draft of the All-Star Game teams, which will be picked by the captain from each conference who receives the most votes.

"Should there be a public selection? Now, I get it. Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind of draft," said Silver. "On other hand, I recognize that in picking a team to perform in the here and now, it’s a little different than drafting, where you’re selecting players for the long-term. Because, in picking a team, you want guys that are going to complement each other. And I think there was a sense from the players that it put them in an impossible position, where they’re picking one player over another – in part, not because they necessarily think that player is better than another player, maybe because they have a personal relationship with the player, or they think that player would be a better complement to the players, and that, invariably, if they just did it as a pure draft, guys would say, Oh, I can’t believe such and such was selected before that player.

"So, I would only say, it’s a big change from where we were, and I think we’ll see how this works, and it will develop over time.

"And I’m sure you all in the media will spend your time getting from our captains exactly who was picked over what other player.

"The goal was to improve the All-Star game, not put a cherry on top of the cake."

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads Vote-Getters In First 2018 ASG Returns

Jan 4, 2018 6:39 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the leading vote-getter in the first 2018 All-Star Game returns.

The leading vote getter in each conference will act as captains.

Eastern Conference 

Frontcourt

1          Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 863,416
2          LeBron James (CLE) 856,080
3          Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
4          Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 359,459
5          Kevin Love (CLE) 221,969
6          Al Horford (BOS) 120,016
7          Jayson Tatum (BOS) 98,586
8          Andre Drummond (DET) 85,374
9          Enes Kanter (NYK) 83,102
10        Dwight Howard (CHA) 57,730

Guards

1          Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
2          DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 259,368
3          Victor Oladipo (IND) 251,886
4          Ben Simmons (PHI) 210,085
5          John Wall (WAS) 175,990
6          Dwyane Wade (CLE) 165,163
7          Isaiah Thomas (CLE) 87,680
8          Kyle Lowry (TOR) 85,070
9          Bradley Beal (WAS) 71,079
10        Jaylen Brown (BOS) 51,562

Western Conference

Frontcourt

1          Kevin Durant (GSW) 767,402
2          Anthony Davis (NOP) 393,000
3          DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) 356,340
4          Draymond Green (GSW) 325,612
5          Paul George (OKC) 291,495
6          Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
7          Carmelo Anthony (OKC) 194,239
8          Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 188,240
9          Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 184,338
10        LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS) 153,599 

Guards

1          Stephen Curry (GSW) 735,115
2          James Harden (HOU) 602,040
3          Russell Westbrook (OKC) 438,469
4          Klay Thompson (GSW) 359,442
5          Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
6          Chris Paul (HOU) 174,343
7          Damian Lillard (POR) 148,622
8          Lonzo Ball (LAL) 120,817
9          Devin Booker (PHO) 91,562
10        Jimmy Butler (MIN) 88,009

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Celtics Working On Bid For 2022 All-Star Game

Dec 26, 2017 3:14 PM

The Boston Celtics are preparing a bid to host a future All-Star Game.

The Celtics haven't hosted an All-Star Game in 53 years.

“We’re looking at an application package,” Grousbeck told the Globe. “But we have to work it out with the Convention Center. We are going to ask for an application package and we’ll see what happens.”

The earliest available All-Star Game is 2022.

“We can’t get all of our fans into the game, all of our season ticket-holders,” Grousbeck said. “We have a season ticket-holder wait list and relatively few of our season ticket-holders would be able to come to a game that we host. But nonetheless, we’re going to get a package and see if we can work something out.”

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