The NBA released the first returns on All-Star voting on Thursday. LeBron James is at the top as the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference and Anthony Davis is fourth highest in the backcourt.
The biggest surprise, however, has to be Austin Reaves breaking the top 10 in the guard position.
Lakers’ LeBron James and Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the NBA’s first 2023-24 All-Star fan voting return: pic.twitter.com/PuLC37lMFN— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 4, 2024
Reaves' early struggles this season have been well documented, with him being moved to the bench after just eight games. Since then, he has been in a good place being the team's leading bench scorer and even got his starting spot back in the Laker's most recent game against the Miami Heat.
Whether he continues to start remains to be seen, but Reaves' quality of play has not been ignored by fans, and breaking into the top 10 in a guard-heavy Western Conference is not easy. Reaves is the only player on the list who is not a bonafide starter night in and night out.
Part of the reason Reaves made the list is that the Lakers have one of the biggest fan bases, and with this being the fan vote, it will be skewed a bit with what the fans want more so than who is most deserving.
Has Reaves been a top 10 guard in the West? Probably not, but he has been the Lakers' third-best player, and James loves being on the floor with him and that matters.
With fan voting accounting for only 50% of the vote and the players and media accounting for 25% each, it's unlikely Reaves will make the trip to Indianapolis for All-Star weekend this year as a participant.
The next fan update will be on Jan. 11, so if you want to vote for Reaves or any other Laker, you can do so here.
If you want to make your vote count even more, then be sure to vote on the 3-for-1 days, which are Jan. 5, 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.
You can follow Edwin on Twitter at @ECreates88.