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The NBA announced the start of the 2019 all-star game on Thursday night with LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the group.
James and Antetokounmpo will be captains of the stars. The full results of the vote are available on the official website of the NBA.
Star Conference Western starters have been announced 🤩 https://t.co/dbR6OZhSdS
Your Star Conference Starters Eastern Eastern https://t.co/EnQqLzqMcZ
Here are the five participants of the East and West conferences:
James goes to the All-Star Game for the 15th time, which links him to Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O Neal for the third record in the history of the NBA. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record with 19 star appearances. Assuming he stays healthy, James has at least a good chance of tying the mark of all time to Abdul-Jabbar.
Although LeBron was almost assured of a positive start, the same could not be said of his West Front teammates in a tight All-Star race. Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic and Paul George were both competing for two places. Rudy Gobert could also be part of this group since he ranks ninth in the real plus-minus ESPN.com.
Durant and George finally received a nod.
The margin between George and Davis was extremely thin, with the fan vote serving as a tiebreaker between the two. George received 3,122,346 votes from fans, far exceeding Davis' total votes of 2,520,728.
Jim McCormick of ESPN explained how the Thunder Star of Oklahoma City had experienced a fairly significant turnaround in one year:
Last year, Paul George went from selecting alternates to choosing stars at the beginning of the deepest conference ever.
For the most part, Thursday's results went as planned.
Kemba Walker was the exception, although he was a deserving candidate to win a close battle in the backyard in the East. Leader Charlotte Hornets has a career year with an average of 25.0 points and 5.7 assists, while shooting 43.6%.
The Hornets shared a video of Walker discovering his honor with all the others:
* CHILLS * Kemba Walker discovers he is a starter of #NBAAllStar in Charlotte! https://t.co/fPWKemjzRh
When the NBA released After the return of the first All-Star 2019 vote, fans could not help noticing Luka Doncic and Derrick Rose ranking respectively second among the players in the front zone and the backcourt. They maintained their places in the the results of the final voteand 4,242,980 votes in Doncic were the third highest of all players.
In the old format, the pair would be headed to the star game. However, the NBA changed the voting format in December 2016 to include NBA players and members of the media. Fan voting accounted for only 50%, while players and writers each received 25%.
Due to this change, neither Doncic nor Rose were very lucky to be a star starter. This did not stop the Timberwolves from showing their disappointment with the final results:
Like last year, the NBA will host a repechage of the stars to complete the respective teams. This time, however, the league is going spread the draft after having held the demonstration behind closed doors in 2018. TNT will transmit the repêchage of the match of the stars on February 7th at 7pm. AND.
Before that happens, the NBA will announce All-Star Reserves on Jan. 31.