Players, fans, and media alike have voted, and the All-star starting lineup has been released — although the exact organization of it is still not known.
Unfortunately for starter hopeful Russell Westbrook, he will not crack a starting lineup as a result of finishing fourth among Western Conference guards in fan voting and third in player/media voting, which was released Thursday by the NBA.
Steph Curry and LeBron James led all players in voting in their respective conference. Under the new format, Curry and James will serve as team captains who will draft from a pool of players aforementioned starters and reserves, which are voted on by NBA head coaches.
It’s a virtual guarantee that Westbrook will be counted among the reserves. Paul George (who finished fifth in fan voting among Western conference frontcourt players) also has a good chance, and Carmelo Anthony does too, to a lesser degree. For my money, I’d guess Westbrook and George will make the reserves.
For the West, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins join Curry as starters.
For the East, it’s Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Joel Embiid, and Giannis Antetokounmpo who stand along James as the representatives for the Eastern Conference.
This is the second year that the NBA has used a new voting system, which selects players by weighting the fan vote (50%) against player (25%) and media (25%) voting to determine the starters.
The team captain draft process — where LeBron and Curry will select their teammates — is new this season.