The NBA on Thursday officially released the first returns of the fan voting for the 2018 All-Star Game.
Joining Antetokounmpo and James, a 13-time All-Star, at the top of the Eastern Conference frontcourt are Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (433,161) and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks (359,459).
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Simmons, who is averaging 16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game, finished fourth among guards, trailing Kyre Irving, DeMar DeRozan, and Victor Oladipo. Russell Westbrook is third among backcourt players with 438,469 votes, Paul George is fifth in the frontcourt with 291,495 votes, and Carmelo Anthony rings in at number seven in the frontcourt with 194,239 votes. West. Instead, the players who receive the most votes from each conference will become captains, and select from the pool of remaining players voted as starters and reserves.
The All-Star Game is February 18th in Los Angeles.
Here are the total votes for each conference. The first series of voting returns are in, and while the top player in the Western Conference won't come as a surprise to anyone, we do have a surprise at the top of the Eastern Conference.
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Fan votes, worth 50 percent, are added to media and current players' votes to make up the pool of All-Star players.
Players will be sorted by conference and position (guards and frontcourt players), and the two top guards and three top frontcourt players will be named starters. To cast your vote for your favorite Thunder players, you can do so right here.
The next round of fan voting will be announced January 11. To submit a vote, the user can open the skill with, "Alexa, open NBA All-Star", and then request to vote for his or her player of choice. Voting will conclude on Monday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Each post may include only one player's name.
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