The NBA released the second returns on All-Star voting on Thursday. LeBron James is still at the top as the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference and Anthony Davis remains fourth highest in the backcourt.
Lakers' LeBron James and Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo continue to lead in the NBA’s second 2023-24 All-Star fan voting return: pic.twitter.com/UutXOXQc5u— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 11, 2024
The Lakers have constant NBA All-Star representation and 2024 looks to be no different.
James has 19 All-Star appearances and looks to be a lock to participate again this year in Indianapolis. The fact that despite all the new stars in the league and other teams playing better than the Lakers in the West, James is still the most popular player in the league at 39 years old is one of a long list of unprecedented things he’s done.
If James remains the top vote-getter in the Western Conference after all voting is done, he will be a captain again, but it won’t mean he’ll get to draft players for his team as in previous years. Instead, the NBA is returning to the classic East vs. West format, so being a captain will be a nice badge of honor but he will not get the chance to become LeGM with a draft this year.
It won’t just be a popularity contest that decides who is an All-Star. Fan voting accounts for 50% of the vote and the players and media account for 25% each. However, James is all but guaranteed a spot regardless, given his 25.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 7.5 assists averages.
Davis is also in a great position to get All-Star appearance No. 9. This is arguably his best season as a Laker with him averaging 25.7 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.
If you want to make your vote count even more, then be sure to vote on the 3-for-1 days, which are Jan. 12 and 19. Voting ends on Jan. 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET, the starters will be revealed on Jan. 25 and the reserves will be announced on Feb. 1.
The All-Star game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 in Indianapolis.
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