Last week, it looked like their would be a new NBA All-Star captain in the Western Conference, as Luka Doncic led all players in votes with 1.07 million votes. LeBron James, who’s captained an All-Star team in each of the last two years, was ranked third behind Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
While there could still be a new captain by the time voting is over, James reclaimed the top spot from Doncic thanks to the power of Lakers fans. Meanwhile, Anthony Davis is still just below James in Western Conference frontcourt voting and if James keeps raking in the votes at this rate, that’s likely where he’ll stay. But Davis is closing in on Doncic for the second-most votes in the Western Conference, and Alex Caruso has gained some ground, too.
Here are the full results from the second round of voting:
Caruso was ranked eighth among guards in the first All-Star voting returns, just behind Donovan Mitchell and D’Angelo Russell. This time around, it seems the voters rewarded the guard with the best record. Unfortunately, Caruso is still millions of votes behind the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference and even if he did end up with the most votes, the media would have to vote him in.
And, as we all know, the media has it out for the Lakers.
It’s for that reason Dwight Howard will also miss out on appearing in his ninth NBA All-Star game, although he could still make an appearance at All-Star weekend in Chicago as he’s reportedly been invited to participate in the dunk contest. If the NBA wants to make this year’s All-Star game extra special, they’ll extend an invite to Caruso, too.