Believe it or not, we are just a few weeks away from the NBA All-Star Game.
It feels as if the season just began but the 2023 NBA All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, February 19 in Salt Lake City, home of the surprisingly fun and scrappy Utah Jazz.
Around this time every year, attention is closely paid to fan voting.
Fan voting counts for 50% of the selection process, with the other 50% being split between current players and media.
Therefore, the voice of the fanbase is strong and loud.
Lakers’ LeBron James and Nets’ Kevin Durant lead the NBA’s first 2022-23 All-Star fan voting returns: pic.twitter.com/ObI4WQjnuH
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 5, 2023
A lot can change between now and February 19 but the initial results of voting show that followers of the league are really loving a few star players.
As expected, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks are just some of the most popular choices.
There are some surprises, however: Austin Reaves of the Lakers is in the top ten for Western Conference guards.
Meanwhile, Tyrese Haliburton has done the same for the East.
Paolo Banchero is 8th for frontcourt players in the East, a huge feat for a rookie player and a sign that the former number-one pick is really creating magic in Orlando.
And it’s also great to see Shai Gilgeous-Alexander be recognized for the amazing work he is doing in Oklahoma City.
Will this list change a lot in the weeks ahead or will fans remain consistent with their choices?
If players want to make a splash and hop into the running, they better get to work quickly.