As the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association forge ahead with plans for a downsized All-Star Weekend, Stephen Curry ranked first among all guards in the second round of All-Star Game fan voting Thursday.
Curry, who missed last year’s showcase because of a broken hand, led guards from both conferences with 4,033,050 votes. The six-time All-Star is averaging 29.6 points per game and receiving early MVP buzz.
Ahead of Curry is Lakers forward LeBron James (4,369,533) and Kevin Durant (4,234,433). No other player cracked 4 million votes, with Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (3,282,478) and 76ers center Joel Embiid (3,022,105) rounding out the top five.
Steph Curry is third in All-Star voting, tops among guards in latest All-Star returns. pic.twitter.com/84ePbvLQ2I
— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) February 11, 2021
While Curry’s status as a leading vote-getter is not a surprise, Klay Thompson’s inclusion among the top Western Conference guards has been unexpected. Despite being out for the season with a torn right Achilles tendon he suffered in November, Thompson moved up to eighth with 225,169 votes after coming in at 10th last week. That puts him ahead of CJ McCollum, who averaged 26.7 points in 13 games before going down with a left foot injury.
All-Star voting runs through Feb. 16, with the results to be announced two days later. Starters are selected by a combination of the fan vote (50%) and media and player vote. Reserves will be determined by a vote of the league’s coaches.
The All-Star Game is expected to be held March 7 in Atlanta, and the league and players association could include other events such as the 3-point shootout and dunk contest.
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