Klay Thompson hasn’t played a game in two seasons, yet in a perfect testament to his universal popularity, he’s still 10th among Western Conference guards in the voting for the NBA All-Star Game next month.
Even while rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon, fans haven’t forgotten the 30-year-old Thompson, who earned 99,094 votes when the results of the first round of the voting was released by the NBA Thursday.
Stephen Curry, though, made the Warriors’ biggest splash with 2.11 million votes to lead all Western Conference guards. Curry is more than 700,000 votes ahead of Dallas’ Luka Doncic, who is the No. 2 guard.
Curry is one of just three players with more than 2 million votes since the voting began last week. Former Warrior Kevin Durant of the Nets leads all players with 2.30 million votes while also pacing Eastern Conference frontcourt players. LeBron James, at 2.28 million votes, tops Western Conference players.
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The other current leaders in the West include the Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and the Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard joining James in the frontcourt.
Forward Andrew Wiggins is the only other Warrior in the among the Top 10 in the voting — he’s seventh among frontcourt players in the West.
In the East, the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo and the 76ers’ Joel Embiid are second and third, respectively, behind Durant and are currently starters. The East backcourt voting is topped by the Wizards’ Bradley Beal and the Nets’ James Harden.
With Curry a lock for his seventh All-Star Game appearance, it will snap a one-year absence of Warriors in the game. The Warriors had sent at least one player to the All-Star Game for seven straight seasons, tying a Golden State record set from 1971-78 while Hall of Famer Rick Barry was a yearly participant.
There are multiple reports the NBA and its players association have agreed to hold the All-Star Game on March 7 in Atlanta. The voting will continue until Feb. 16 and the starters will be announced on Feb. 17. Fan voting will account for 50 percent of the overall vote. Media voting (25 percent) and player voting (25 percent) make up the remainder of the voting total.
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