Pachulia fifth in West as six Warriors make first All-Star update

Pachulia fifth in West as six Warriors make first All-Star update

The NBA on Thursday released its first All-Star fan voting update, which featured a league-high six Golden State Warriors.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are the top two overall vote-getters, with Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry leading all Western Conference players. Durant owns the highest scoring average in All-Star Game history (25.6 ppg).

In addition to Durant and Curry, Zaza Pachulia, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala all placed in the Top 10 in their position group.

Pachulia is second behind Durant among Western Conference frontcourt players and fifth overall in the Western Conference.

The 66th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

For the first time ever this year, NBA players and basketball media will join fans in selecting the starters for the NBA All-Star Game. Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each. Player and media voting will begin next week, with each participant completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from both conferences.

After all votes are tallied, players will be ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups – fan votes, player votes and media votes. Each player’s score will be calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes. The five players (two guards and three frontcourt players) with the best score in each conference will be named NBA All-Star Game starters. Fan voting will serve as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score. 

The next fan voting update will be shared on Thursday, Jan. 12. 


Eastern Conference

1          LeBron James (CLE) 595,288
2          Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 500,663
3          Kevin Love (CLE) 250,347
4          Joel Embiid (PHI) 221,984
5          Carmelo Anthony (NY) 189,817
6          Jimmy Butler (CHI) 189,066
7          Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 184,166
8          Paul George (IND) 138,332
9          Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 72,628
10        Jabari Parker (MIL) 64,141

1          Kyrie Irving (CLE) 543,030
2          Dwyane Wade (CHI) 278,052
3          DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 253,340
4          Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 193,297
5          Derrick Rose (NY) 129,924
6          Kyle Lowry (TOR) 128,940
7          John Wall (WAS) 87,360
8          Jeremy Lin (BKN) 59,562
9          Kemba Walker (CHA) 52,122
10        Avery Bradley (BOS) 32,822

Western Conference

1          Kevin Durant (GS) 541,209
2          Zaza Pachulia (GS) 439,675
3          Kawhi Leonard (SA) 341,240
4          Anthony Davis (NO) 318,144
5          Draymond Green (GS) 236,315
6          DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 202,317
7          Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 125,278
8          LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 101,724
9          Blake Griffin (LAC) 100,524
10        Marc Gasol (MEM) 97,370

1          Stephen Curry (GS) 523,597
2          James Harden (HOU) 519,446
3          Russell Westbrook (OKC) 501,652
4          Klay Thompson (GS) 293,054
5          Chris Paul (LAC) 173,830
6          Damian Lillard (POR) 117,857
7          Eric Gordon (HOU) 76,609
8          Manu Ginobili (SA) 65,832
9          Andre Iguodala (GS) 64,247
10        Zach LaVine (MIN) 53,642

NBA media services contributed to this report

Kevin Durant ruled out for at least two weeks


Kevin Durant ruled out for at least two weeks

OAKLAND -- The Warriors will return to their relatively normal selves sometime early next month.

That’s at the very soonest, and assuming all goes well over the next three weeks.

Add Kevin Durant to the list of All-Stars who will miss significant time. The forward underwent an MRI test Friday that revealed “an incomplete rib cartilage fracture” that will keep him out of the lineup at least two weeks.

Durant, the team’s leading scorer at 26.6 points per game, joins No. 2 scorer Stephen Curry and No. 3 scorer Klay Thompson on the sideline. Curry will be out at least another week, Thompson closer to two weeks.

The upshot: The Warriors' slim chance of overtaking the Rockets for the No. 1 overall seed are fading toward invisibility.

With the playoffs four weeks away, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will spend the rest of this month juggling lineups and rotations with the limited available options.

The first replacement starter at small forward, Friday night against Sacramento, is Andre Iguodala. Kerr over the next couple weeks likely will try several options. Omri Casspi is another possibility, as well as Draymond Green getting some minutes at small forward. The decisions will be based mostly on matchups.

Durant, however, may be the ultimate NBA mismatch insofar as there is no other 6-foot-11 small forward with his broad skills and versatility.

“They said (I’ll be out) a couple weeks,” he said prior to tipoff against the Kings. “I’m just trying to get healthy. Just trying to make sure I’m out there and able to be me on the court.

“It’s not great, timing-wise, but it’s all about feeling better when I’m out there playing.”

Durant sustained the injury last Sunday in Minnesota, after taking an elbow to the ribs from Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.

“I thought it was just a little contusion,” said Durant, who will not go on the upcoming road trip to Phoenix and San Antonio.

Durant played through the discomfort Wednesday night against the Lakers, leading the Warriors in scoring with 26 points. During that game, he went to close out and “felt something stretch and pull.”

After going through a light practice Thursday, pain intensified, leading to the MRI test and diagnosis.

“I wish we were out there hooping and using these days to get better and sharpening up our skills,” he said. “But that’s what happens when you play a contact sport. Stuff happens.

“It could have been worse for all three of us. But, luckily, it’s not.”

With Durant out vs Kings, a 30-point game for Nick Young not out of the question


With Durant out vs Kings, a 30-point game for Nick Young not out of the question

OAKLAND -- Though Draymond Green and David West will return to the lineup, Kevin Durant won’t be available Friday night when the Warriors face the Sacramento Kings at Oracle Arena.

Durant took a blow to the ribs two nights ago against the Lakers and was declared out after shootaround Friday morning. The additions of Green, who missed one game, and West, who missed six, are enough to position the Warriors (52-16) to make amends for a 110-106 home loss to lowly Sacramento in November.

The Kings (22-47), in the midst of youth movement, are 4-4 in March, their best eight-game start of any month since going 5-3 in February 2017.


Warriors by 9


Quinn Cook vs. De’Aaron Fox: While Cook is keeping the PG seat warm until Stephen Curry returns, Fox is quickly becoming a foundational player for the Kings. The rookie’s late-game exploits are particularly impressive; he’s 3-of-3 on game-tying or go-ahead shots in the last five seconds of games. Cook won’t be intimidated, but this is his fourth consecutive start so it’s time he plays as if he belongs.


C/F David West (R arm cyst) is available. C/F Jordan Bell (R ankle tweak) and G Quinn Cook (R hand contusion) are listed as probable. G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), F Kevin Durant (R rib soreness), G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) are listed as out.

Kings: F Harry Giles (Bi-lateral knee rehabilitation) and G Iman Shumpert (L knee rehabilitation and L plantar fasciitis) are listed as out.


Warriors: 8-2. Kings: 4-6.


Scott Foster (crew chief), Marat Kogut, Dedric Taylor


The teams split the first two of four games this season, the Kings with a 110-106 win on Nov. 27 in Oakland and the Warriors taking a 119-104 victory on Feb. 2 in Sacramento. The Warriors won three of four last season and are 12-2 against the Kings in the Steve Kerr era.


THE SECOND UNIT: Though the starting lineup is pure makeshift, West’s return puts the second unit in position to do damage. He’s having a terrific season and he’ll be reunited with fellow vets Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. This group should be able to create separation against the Sacramento reserves.

THE TURNOVER TOTAL: The Warriors committed 40 turnovers in the first two games against Sacramento, giving the Kings 44 points. They committed 22 giveaways Wednesday against the Lakers, giving them 29 point. The Warriors already know if they open the upset door, the Kings are capable of walking through.

SWAGGY 3 TIME: The Kings rank dead last at defending the 3-point line. Rookie SG Bogdan Bogdanovic can shoot from deep but is lost on D. If ever there were a game to invite the best of Nick Young, this is it. A 30-point night is not out of the question.