The second round of voting for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game has been released. LeBron James remains the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference, while Kyrie Irving remains No. 2 among East backcourt players. Both James and Irving will start if these results hold — our sincerest apologies to John Wall. Kevin Love fell from sixth to seventh place among frontcourt players in the East, and will need to make up a 90,000-vote gap on Detroit center Andre Drummond in order to crack the starting lineup.
— 2020 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) January 7, 2016
The outgoing Kobe Bryant leads all players by a landslide, with over 1.2 million votes. Stephen Curry is second with 925,000, and LeBron is third with 636,000. Fans can vote on the NBA website, by texting a player’s last name to 69622 (“MYNBA”), or by tweeting a player’s full name or Twitter handle along with the hashtag #NBAVote. Like this:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 4, 2016
Voting ends on January 18 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
LeBron James is an 11-time All-Star, having started for the East every year since his sophomore season in 2004. He won All-Star MVP as a Cavalier in 2006 and 2008. Kyrie Irving has been an All-Star each of the past three seasons. He was a coach’s selection in 2013 and 2015, and voted in as a starter in 2014. He won MVP honors at the 2014 All-Star Game, totaling 31 points and 14 assists. Kevin Love was an All-Star in 2011, 2012, and 2014, all with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The All-Star starters will be announced on January 21. The reserves, voted on by the league’s head coaches, will be announced on January 28. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players. If a player is unable to participate, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will choose a replacement.
The game will be held at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Two guards and three frontcourt players will start for each conference. (The NBA did away with traditional positional designations starting with the 2013 All-Star Game.)