Before the votes of the NBA fans get closed on January 22, the NBA All-Star game of the year 2022 is already leading to surprising choices that will be either confirmed or turned down by players, the media and the coaches in less than two weeks. Taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 20, the 2022 ASG is showing us that some players, no matter their current performances, can always rely on a strong fan base.
With no big surprise, the fans chose to plebiscite Lebron James (Los Angeles Lakers) and Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) in the frontcourt of the Western Conference. The backcourt is currently dominated by Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) and Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks).
In the Eastern Conference, players like Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets) and Greek Nigerian power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) are reaping votes and favors of the fans in the frontcourt, while the backcourt is for now dominated by Demar Derozan (Chicago Bulls) and James Harden (Brooklyn Nets).
Cameroonian center Joel Embiid (Philadelphia Sixers) follows Durant and the Greek Freak in the Eastern votes for the frontcourt, while players like Pascal Siakam (Cameroon), OG Anunoby (Nigeria) or Serge Ibaka (Congo) are not present in any ranking.
The big surprise comes from the guards of the Western Conference, with a player like shooting guard Klay Thompson ranking fourth with no single game played since the 2019 NBA Finals with the Warriors. Heavy fan base for the one who should play this Sunday after two years and a half far from the courts. Thompson is even ranking before Chris Paul and his incredible season with the Suns!
In the East, fans decided to give some credit to Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets) who played his first game of the season a few days ago due to Covid-19 restrictions: Uncle Drew is not vaccinated and will thus be unable to play at home in NYC where you must absolutely get the vaccine to play your basketball. No big deal for the fans, who put him in sixth position in the E astern guards ranking, before Derrick Rose (New York Knicks) who is not achieving the greatest season of all times with the Manhattan franchise…
As a reminder, the media and the NBA players will vote after the fans on January 22. The fans stand for 50% of the votes, while NBA players and the media both represent 25% of the votes. Coaches will choose the substitutes.