L’All Star Game 2023 will be staged on Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City, fan voting began on Christmas Day and now, nearly two weeks later, the NBA has released the first results. This is the first of three rounds, the league will publish updated results every week until they are final: they will be worth 50 percent of the total, the remaining 50 percent will be divided equally between players and journalists.
In these first weeks, most fans voted LeBron James and Kevin Durant., who to date would be the captains of the two teams according to fans. Dominating the voting in the backcourt, however, are Steph Curry on one side and Kyrie Irving on the other.
Just behind KD in the frontcourt in the East is Giannis Antetokounmpo, followed (more than 700k votes away) by Joel Embiid. Currently out of the quintet, again according to the fans, are Jayson Tatum and James Harden, the latter closely preceded by Donovan Mitchell.
In the West, after LeBron and Curry, if voting ended today they would end up in the quintet, according to fans, Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis and Luka Doncic, out by a small margin Zion Williamson. Curry and Doncic, on the other hand, are virtually certain to finish first in the backcourt in the West, given their nearly 1.5 million vote lead over Ja Morant, third.
As in recent years, eventually the 10 starting players will be distributed into two teams through a kind of draft chaired by the two captains, i.e., the player with the most votes in the East and the player with the most votes in the West.