More than a month before the All Star Game, which will take place this year in Salt Lake City on February 19, the NBA has published a first report of the votes. And for the moment, it is LeBron James and Kevin Durant, already captains in the last two editions, who are at the top of the votes.
The NBA All Star Game will take place this year in Salt Lake City on February 19 on the floor where the Utah Jazz usually evolves. And more than a month from the event, everything suggests that the captains of the two teams will be the same as during the last two editions of the meeting, which had seen “Team LeBron” dominate (163-160) the “Team Durant” in Cleveland in 2022 and this same “Team Lebron” pulverize (170-150) that of “KD” a year earlier, in Atlanta. This Thursday, the NBA has indeed published a first report of the votes, and once again, it is again LeBron James, with regard to the Western conference, and Kevin Durant, with regard to the Eastern conference, who arrive at the head of the votes during this first tally. In the West, the Lakers superstar and captain at every All Star Game since the format changed in 2018, totaled 3.168 million votes on Thursday when Stephen Curry (Golden State), elected MVP of the last “All-Star Game”, with 50 points scored, currently occupies second place behind the “King”, with 2.715 million votes.
Antetokounmpo puts the pressure on
Luka Doncic (Dallas), meanwhile, followed Thursday in third position, with 2.388 million votes for the Slovenian leader who has lined up monstrous games since the start of the season. In the East, on the other hand, it is much tighter, and it could also be so until the end, without speaking for the moment of a possible reversal of the situation. Granted, Durant, with slightly fewer votes than James in the West, is also in the lead. But Giannis Antetokounmpo, the MVP of the All Star Game two years ago, has apparently not said his last word. Thus, the “Greek Freak” puts terrible pressure on the 2nd place behind the star of the Brooklyn Nets, with 2.998 million votes. For Joel Embiid, on the other hand, it is almost already over. The Cameroonian comes far behind his two colleagues (2.226 million). Note that Rudy Gobert, in difficulty since his arrival at Wolves and who had played his third All Star Game last year, is not among the top ten in his conference.