Giannis and LeBron remain conference vote leaders

The NBA announced today that the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft will be televised by TNT on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET.  The team rosters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game will be revealed during a special NBA All-Star Draft Show, which will be followed by an extended version of the TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pregame show.

The two NBA All-Star Game team captains will draft the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their selections regardless of conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.  More details about the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date.

The NBA also announced today the third fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google.  The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James continues to lead the Western Conference and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo remains on top in the Eastern Conference.

NBA All-Star Voting 2019 will conclude on Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Jan. 21 will mark the fifth and final “2-for-1 Day,” allowing fans to have their votes count twice through all voting platforms. 

Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters (five players from each conference) for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.  All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with those voters completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.  Players may vote for their teammates or themselves.

TNT will announce the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains, on Thursday, Jan. 24 during the TNT NBA Tip-Off pregame show at 7 p.m. ET. The network will unveil the reserves (seven players from each conference), as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 31 during NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 (8 p.m. ET) at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.  TNT will televise the NBA All-Star Game for the 17th consecutive year.

In the third fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google, James leads all NBA players with 3,770,807 votes. The 14-time NBA All-Star continues to be followed in the Western Conference frontcourt by second-place Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks (3,301,825) and third-place Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder (2,583,342).  The Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (2,432,134) and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (2,091,770) complete the top five.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry (2,979,080) and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose (2,712,938) remain the two front-runners among fans in the West guard group. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden (2,315,093) and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (2,090,432) are still in third and fourth place, respectively.

In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo holds the top spot overall with 3,626,909 votes.  He leads a frontcourt group that continues to feature the Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (2,882,227) in second place and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (2,292,511) in third place.

The Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (3,187,015) is still setting the pace among East guards, followed again by the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (1,738,043) in second place.  The Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (1,156,040) remains in third place.

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