We’re still about a month away from the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, but the first wave of votes have been cast and it looks like one familiar face is at the top.
LeBron James leads all players with 1,083,363 fan votes with Giannis Antetokounmpo coming in second at 991,561 ballots. Kyrie Irving is third so far with 910,329 votes, Steph Curry tallied 793,111 votes at fourth and Kawhi Leonard has racked up 774,172 votes to round out the Top 5.
Some surprise names that came in the Top 10 are Derrick Rose, rookie Luca Doncic and James Harden, who isn’t at the top even with an MVP-type season.
It’s crazy that Doncic has come in with votes higher than Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Paul George (in the Western Conference), but things can change.
In the Eastern Conference, Dwyane Wade has tallied enough votes so far to have him second among guards, ahead of Ben Simmons, Kemba Walker and Victor Oladipo. Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid are also among the top vote getters.
Fans can continue voting through the end of the month on January 21, with the starters announced on January 24 and reserves on January 31.
Plus, this is the first season that will see an All-Star Draft air live.
The 2019 NBA All-Star game will take place next month on February 17 at Spectrum Center where the Charlotte Hornets play.