It's official that John Wall will not be a starter for the second year in a row at the NBA All-Star Game, with Dwyane Wade and the surprise Kyle Lowry getting the nod for the East in the popular vote among fans, the league announced Thursday night.
Wall, however, will be a strong candidate to be voted as a reserve by coaches. Lowry eclipsed Kyrie Irving in the final voting that closed on Monday to take the starting spot by roughly 66,000 votes. Lowry plays for the Toronto Raptors, the host city for All-Star weekend on Feb. 14, and his backcourt mate DeMar DeRozan is likely to make the cut as a reserve.
If Lowry hadn't been named a starter, Wall would've had to compete with Lowry and DeRozan when history shows the host city (see Anthony Davis' first selection in New Orleans). Now it's likely Wall or Irving, who has played in just 14 games after a knee injury delayed the start to his season, for a spot.
Unlike fan voting, coaches tend to reward accomplishment and what a player means to his team in weighing the candidates. Irving plays with LeBron James. Wall has 23 double-doubles which is by far the leader in the East among guards despite not having Bradley Beal and a host of others for most of the season.
Now onto the starters for the East: Lowry, Wade (Heat), James (Cavs), Paul George (Pacers) and Carmelo Anthony (Knicks).
East reserves in contention: Wall, Irving, DeRozan, Jimmy Butler (Bulls), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Isaiah Thomas (Celtics), Paul Millsap (Hawks), Hassan Whiteside (Heat), Chris Bosh (Heat).
The West starters: Russell Westbrook (Thunder), Steph Curry (Warriors), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Thunder) and Kawhi Leonard.
West reserves in contention: Draymond Green (Warriors), Chris Paul (Clippers), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), Klay Thompson (Warriors), James Harden (Rockets), DeAndre Jordan (Clippers), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavs), Marc Gasol (Grizzlies), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings).
The reserves will be formally announced next Thursday.
Here's the final tally for both conferences:
1 LeBron James (Cle) 1,089,206
2 Paul George (Ind) 711,595
3 Carmelo Anthony (NY) 567,348
4 Pau Gasol (Chi) 566,988
5 Andre Drummond (Det) 515,296
6 Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 473,579
7 Chris Bosh (Mia) 351,420
8 Kevin Love (Cle) 332,685
9 Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 301,362
10 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 84,617
11 Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 73,079
12 Joakim Noah (Chi) 48,509
13 DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 46,044
14 Marcin Gortat (Was) 43,496
15 Paul Millsap (Atl) 41,654
1 Dwyane Wade (Mia) 941,466
2 Kyle Lowry (Tor) 646,441
3 Kyrie Irving (Cle) 580,651
4 Jimmy Butler (Chi) 564,637
5 DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 444,868
6 John Wall (Was) 368,686
7 Derrick Rose (Chi) 302,389
8 Jeremy Lin (Cha) 195,920
9 Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 153,642
10 Reggie Jackson (Det) 76,688
1 Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,891,614
2 Kevin Durant (OKC) 980,787
3 Kawhi Leonard (SA) 782,339
4 Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 768,112
5 Draymond Green (GS) 726,616
6 Blake Griffin (LAC) 651,860
7 Enes Kanter (OKC) 534,499
8 Tim Duncan (SA) 431,087
9 Anthony Davis (NO) 400,688
10 DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 364,270
11 DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 269,427
12 LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 268,003
13 Dwight Howard (Hou) 219,761
14 Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 173,317
15 Harrison Barnes (GS) 155,289
1 Stephen Curry (GS) 1,604,325
2 Russell Westbrook (OKC) 772,009
3 Chris Paul (LAC) 624,334
4 Klay Thompson (GS) 555,513
5 James Harden (Hou) 430,777
6 Manu Ginobili (SA) 226,289
7 Rajon Rondo (Sac) 200,518
8 Tony Parker (SA) 195,472
9 Andre Iguodala (GS) 181,142
10 Damian Lillard (Por) 158,360
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