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CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony finish top-10 in fan voting for 2021 NBA All-Star Game

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On Thursday night, the final fan voting for the 2021 NBA All-Star Starters was revealed. Portland Trail Blazers fans came away disappointed, as Damian Lillard finished third in the fan voting and was snubbed from the game's starting lineup as a result.

However, it wasn't all bad news for the Blazers. In addition to getting Lillard into the top-10 of backcourt fan voting, CJ McCollum was able to crack the top-10 in backcourt voting while Carmelo Anthony finished 10th in frontcourt voting.

Here's a look at the full results of the voting, per The Crossover.

McCollum certainly deserved to get some recognition for his performance this year. Though he has only played in 13 games while dealing with a foot injury, he was averaging 26.7 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Trail Blazers. Had he stayed healthy, he surely would be a top-10 guard in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, Anthony most likely got a good chunk of his votes due to his legacy. Anthony is a 10-time All-Star that has built up a large following and has averaged 13.3 points per game this season. The 36-year-old is in the twilight of his career, but as long as he's playing, he'll get votes.

The Blazers are one of three teams across the NBA that had three players finish in the top-10 of All-Star voting at their position. The other teams were the Golden State Warriors (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins) and the Los Angeles Lakers (LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Alex Caruso).

 

Of those three teams, only the Trail Blazers have yet to have a player selected to the game. But Lillard should be a shoo-in as a top reserve for the game. He'll likely be announced as an All-Star when the reserves for the games are announced.

Seven players from each conference, as selected by NBA head coaches, will be unveiled on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. ET during TNT NBA Tip-Off.