The league has revealed the starters for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game and three of the game’s first string players will be making their debut in the contest.
The All-Star Game starters are voted in by fans, media members and players from around the league, with a 50% share given to the fans and a 25% share given to each of the other voting blocks.
The starters are nearly identical to the first returns of fan voting, the only exception being Kemba Walker inching into the lineup at the expense of Kyrie Irving in the East.
The teams to which the players will be assigned haven’t been determined yet. As is now custom, the leading vote-getter from each conference, Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, will divvy up the squads on Feb. 6.
|Forward||Giannis Antetokounmpo (4th)|
|Forward||Joel Embiid (4th)|
|Forward||Pascal Siakam (1st)|
|Guard||Trae Young (1st)|
|Guard||Kemba Walker (4th)|
|Forward||LeBron James (16th)|
|Forward||Anthony Davis (7th)|
|Forward||Kawhi Leonard (4th)|
|Guard||Luka Doncic (1st)|
|Guard||James Harden (8th)|
- Bradley Beal finished 8th in the overall list for Eastern Conference guards but ranked 2nd among the player vote.
- The media had Jimmy Butler as the 3rd Eastern Conference forward but he ranked 6th in the player vote (and 4th overall).
- Fans, media and players all agreed on the top three Western Conference guards and forwards.
- The player with the most fan votes in the NBA was LeBron James, with nearly 6.3 million votes. Luka Doncic had 6.1 million and Giannis Antetokounmpo 5.9.
- Alex Caruso finished with 1.3 million fan votes. Tacko Fall had over 900,000.
- The inclusion of Luka Doncic and Trae Young in the starting lineup marks the first time that there have been two 21-or-under players since Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett did so in 1998.
- One of our commenters below (LLC#12) pointed this out and it stands repeating; two of the game’s starters, Pascal Siakam and Joel Embiid, are from Cameroon. What’s more, both were recruited as teenagers by Luc Mbah a Moute.