The NBA All-Star Game is fast approaching, and there is already an outright favourite for the player to be named the MVP for the game, and that is the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James. The odds for the superstar to be named MVP in one of the NBA’s most prestigious games have shortened after the NBA All-Star Voting statistics were released this week.
James was at the top of the charts for both conferences combined, as he held off the challenge put down by Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks respectively. That lead was there are the first results were recorded, and it has increased to 82,001 over Doncic in the West.
Significance Of Topping Charts
All fans of the sport have widely welcomed this new format for the NBA All-Star Game, and it has allowed for more engagement from the fans. The players that are at the top of both charts for the West and East will be the captains for their side for the big game. The engagement from the fans ensures that they make up 50 per cent of the vote to determine the ten players that will start in the All-Star Game.
The 69th staging of the event and the third in this new format will come live from the Chicago Bulls home at the United Center on the February 16th. The remainder of the vote is made up of votes made by players and a media panel. These will account for 25% of the vote. The vote for the players to be involved in the game will be closed on Monday, January 20th.
Results Of Second Fan Votes
James has maintained his lead as the most popular pick out of all players with 3,359,871 votes. He is quickly followed in the Western conference voting my teammate Anthony Davis, who has recorded 3,124,446 votes. LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is next on the list with 2,210,539 votes. Fans will be purring at the chance to see those three superstars share the same court.
Doncic leads the guards as he has wracked up 3,227,870 votes by the fans, while James Harden is second on that list with nearly a million votes less. Meanwhile, in the Eastern frontcourt category, Antetokounmpo has extended his lead, as he now has 3,259,383 votes. Joel Embiid is second on that list with 1,784,211 votes, while the Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam follows them with 1,730,763 votes.
The closest of the categories is the Eastern guard category. Only 58,051 votes separate the top three players in that vote, with Trae Young currently leading the trio with 1,389,628 votes. Kyrie Irving is second in that list, while Kemba Walker is currently occupying the third spot.
The final squads for the NBA All-Star Game will be chosen by the two captains, with the stars having the choice of the players selected from the vote. The teams in full will be revealed on TNT on January 23rd.