All Star 2021: Doncic and Curry aim to share ownership

The Slovenian is the second most voted base for the All Star along with Curry. LeBron James and Kevin Durant continue to lead the vote.

The NBA released the second of three waves of fan votes for the All Star Game on Thursday and LeBron James has become the most supported player, with 4.3 million votes. He has taken the lead from Kevin Durant who ranks second on the list just a short distance from the King: 4.2 million. The Brooklyn Nets forward missed the entire season last season after breaking his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the 2019 Finals with the Golden State Warriors. His return (and his fantastic way of coming back) has been one of the great and most beautiful news of this season. Both, LeBron and Durant, would be the captains of their respective teams by leading the global voting.

Luka Doncic, meanwhile, is aiming for his second consecutive All Star Game. He is the second base guard in the West (only two of that position per Conference go) with 2.4 million votes, although he is far from the great leader in this position: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), who is one of the three players (with LeBron and Durant) that exceeds 4 million. Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) are third and fourth with more than 2 million and and 479,241 votes, respectively. The one of the Oregon franchise is the great threat to the Slovenian Dallas Mavericks and the only one who is in a position to snatch second position from him.

This is how the teams would look for the moment Western Conference

LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers - frontcourt)

Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets - frontcourt)

Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers - frontcourt)

Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors - guard)

Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks - guard)

Eastern Conference

Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets - frontcourt)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks - frontcourt)

Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers - frontcourt)

Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards - guard)

Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets - guard)

This is how the voting isDate and team format

The voting will close on February 16. On the 18th, the five starters of each Conference will be announced: the two backcourts (guards and guards) and the three froncourts (forwards, centers and power forward) with more support from the West and the East. The selection is made by the fans, who represent 50% of the total weight of the votes, the players (25%) and the media (25%). The coaches of the 30 NBA franchises will communicate on February 23 the 14 substitutes, 7 per conference regardless of their position.

The All Star Game will finally be held at the State Farm in Atlanta after the agreement reached between the NBA and the Players Union (NBPA) and not in Indianapolis, which will be enjoyed in 2024. Unlike other editions, this will be reduced by one Weekend just one day away: March 7 is the date chosen for the All-Star Match, which will return to the classic East vs. West format, after three years in which the players have divided into two teams according to the choice of two captains (LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo have passed through that role)The option of the Rookie Challenge (the duel of first and second year players) seems totally out of the question, but Marc Stein had already announced that the NBA was considering finally including, at least, the famous and traditional dunk and triple contests for that same day.

The selected date is not accidental, since the NBA had already set a break in the competition between March 5 and 10. Five days to give the players rest and to separate the two differentiated sections of the calendar into which this campaign has been divided to have room for maneuver in the face of postponements and changes forced by the pandemic in a season in which each franchise has passed from all 82 regular Regular Season games to 72.

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