The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Dončić and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the NBA and their respective conferences in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting presented by Google. Dončić leads Antetokounmpo by 599 votes for the top spot among all players.
Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with every voter completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Dončić, the 2018-19 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, leads all NBA players with 1,073,957 fan votes to earn the top spot among Western Conference guards. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden is second among West guards with 749,080 votes.
LeBron James, a 15-time NBA All-Star, has 1,020,851 votes to earn the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt. James’ Lakers teammate Anthony Davis ranks second in the West frontcourt with 955,246 votes, followed by the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard with 740,657 votes.
Antetokounmpo, an NBA All-Star starter in each of the previous three seasons, is the top vote-getter among all Eastern Conference players, receiving 1,073,358 votes in the frontcourt group. Joining Antetokounmpo at the top of the East frontcourt are second-place Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (606,534) and third-place Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors (544,302).
In the East guard group, the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young leads with 443,412 votes. The Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving is the second-leading guard with 432,481 votes, putting him 450 votes ahead of third-place Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics (432,031).
The NBA All-Star 2020 team rosters will be drafted by the two captains. They will choose from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their selections regardless of conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.
TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains, on Thursday, Jan. 23 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader. The network will also announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 30 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.
NBA ALL-STAR VOTING PRESENTED BY GOOGLE: FIRST FAN RETURNS
1. LeBron James (LAL) 1,020,851
1. Luka Dončić (DAL) 1,073,957
2. Anthony Davis (LAL) 955,246
2. James Harden (HOU) 749,080
3. Kawhi Leonard (LAC) 740,657
3. Damian Lillard (POR) 202,498
4. Paul George (LAC) 280,894
4. Stephen Curry (GSW) 191,149
5. Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 173,129
5. Russell Westbrook (HOU) 189,005
6. Kristaps Porzingis (DAL) 171,749
6. D’Angelo Russell (GSW) 122,499
7. Nikola Jokić (DEN) 160,934
7. Donovan Mitchell (UTA) 108,349
8. Carmelo Anthony (POR) 142,292
8. Alex Caruso (LAL) 92,233
9. Brandon Ingram (NOP) 118,188
9. Devin Booker (PHX) 91,817
10. Dwight Howard (LAL) 69,785
10. Ja Morant (MEM) 77,081
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 1,073,358
1. Trae Young (ATL) 443,412
2. Joel Embiid (PHI) 606,534
2. Kyrie Irving (BKN) 432,481
3. Pascal Siakam (TOR) 544,302
3. Kemba Walker (BOS) 432,031
4. Jimmy Butler (MIA) 431,483
4. Derrick Rose (DET) 233,669
5. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 364,137
5. Zach LaVine (CHI) 174,991
6. Tacko Fall (BOS) 110,269
6. Ben Simmons (PHI) 159,065
7. Bam Adebayo (MIA) 104,086
7. Jaylen Brown (BOS) 156,537
8. Gordon Hayward (BOS) 75,420
8. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 154,139
9. Andre Drummond (DET) 68,076
9. Bradley Beal (WAS) 149,640
10. Domantas Sabonis (IND) 67,482
10. Spencer Dinwiddie (BKN) 94,618
After all votes are tallied, players will be ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups – fan votes, player votes and media votes. Each player’s score will be calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes. The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference will be named NBA All-Star Game starters. Fan voting will serve as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.
NBA All-Star Voting presented by Google began on Dec. 25 and runs until Monday, Jan. 20. The two remaining fan voting updates will be shared on Thursday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 16.
During the voting period, five “2-for-1 Days” allow fans to have their votes count twice. The 2-for-1 Days, which are designated 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. ET, take place today (Jan. 2), tomorrow (Jan. 3), Jan. 10, Jan. 16 and Jan. 20 through all voting platforms.