The NBA released the first round of fan voting results for the All-Star Game, and it’s obvious that the fans really want to see Luka Doncic among the league’s best players as a starter in that game.
As exciting as he has been, unfortunately Luka will not be an all star starter, despite the overwhelming support from all over the world. And this is why.
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Taking a deeper look at this list, we can see a bunch of interesting things.
Starting out with the West, obviously Doncic is ahead of guys like KD and Anthony Davis, but just as crazy is Derrick Rose being the second guard in the West, ahead of Harden and Westbrook for example.
And in the East you have a similar situation where Dwyane Wade is the starting guard according to the fans.
Keep in mind that this is just the first round of results and things can change by January 21st, which is the last day of fan voting, but this is just a part of the story.
Now here is the big info for all of you that didn’t know or may have forgotten about it:
In 2016 Zaza Pachulia was almost voted in as a starter, probably in a collective effort by the entire country of Georgia, so the following year the league made a change to prevent these types of loopholes. So as of 2017 the fans can still voice their opinion and support, but this would count for 50% of the entire voting. The rest would be split up equally between the players themselves, and selected media members.
So circling back to Doncic, Wade and Rose, even if we assume that they hang on to these exact spots, which is highly unlikely anyway, all of this is just half of the voting.
Players and media members will go with KD, Davis, PG, even Jokic, who realistically have had a better season. And Luka will fall behind. Not to mention the case for Rose and Wade. That’s even way more obvious.
However I really love the buzz that Doncic is generating in just his rookie season at age 19.
And just to clear things up about possibly seeing him in the reserves: These votes do not count at all. This is just for the starting lineup spot.
The reserves are picked from the 30 NBA coaches.
And check this out: Luka probably has 2 votes already locked in.
1 from his own coach Rick Carlisle of course, but then another one from Slovenian national team coach Igor Kokoshkov from the Suns. These 2 won the European Championship together so it’s a sure thing if you ask me.
The West is absolutely loaded, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how the Luka Doncic hype and his statistics hold up in the race for one of the 7 reserve spots in the West.
Whatever happens, the future is so bright for this guy! That’s it for now, if you liked this video subscribe and hit the notification bell so that you don’t miss my future in depth analysis.
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