Luka Doncic Tallies Fourth-Most All-Star Votes in Second Return

Rex Christensen
January 12, 2019

George joins Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic in the conference's frontcourt, with Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry in the backcourt.

In the most recent returns, back-to-back National Basketball Association finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant has been knocked out of the Western Conference starting lineup, displaced by Oklahoma City's Paul George.

While Lonzo moved up from 175,040 votes to an impressive 529,164 votes, he is still ranked eighth among guards in the Western Conference.

Irving is by far the leader among East guards with 2,381,901 fan votes.

The leading vote getters for the Eastern Conference squad are Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors), Joel Embid (Philadelphia 76ers), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics) and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat).

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If the NBA All-Star game were to play this weekend, then last year's regular-season MVP and a back-to-back Finals MVP wouldn't even crack the starting lineups.

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the fan voting in their respective conferences and seem to be the favorites to earn All-Star captaincy for this year's draft - although fan votes only count 50 percent with 25 percent to come from both the media and players. Voting for fans, players and media concludes Monday, Jan. 21 at 8:59 p.m. PT.

The teams aren't split by conference for the actual game, though. Reserves will be announced January 31. Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook remain the third and fourth guards, respectively, in the conference.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game takes place on February 17.

TNT will reveal All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Thursday, Jan. 24 during their pregame show.

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