Harden, Durant trail in NBA All-Star fan balloting

Harden, Durant trail in NBA All-Star fan balloting
By Reuters

18/01/2019 at 02:07Updated 18/01/2019 at 08:25

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is leading the NBA in scoring with a whopping 35.4 points per game average, but he's not first in the hearts of NBA fans.

In the latest NBA All-Star voting results released Thursday, Harden was behind
Golden State's Stephen Curry and Minnesota's Derrick Rose in fan voting among
Western Conference guards. All-Star starters are named based on the voting of
fans (50 percent), NBA players (25 percent) and media (25 percent).

Warriors forward Kevin Durant also finds himself on the outside in the fan
balloting, trailing leading vote-getter LeBron James of the Los Angeles
Lakers, Dallas rookie Luka Doncic and Oklahoma City's Paul George in the front
court.

In the Eastern Conference, the leading vote-getters among fans in the front
court are Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee, Kawhi Leonard of Toronto,
Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Boston's Jayson Tatum. At guard, Boston's Kyrie
Irving and Miami's Dwyane Wade are in the lead, followed by Kemba Walker of
Charlotte and Ben Simmons of Philadelphia.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be played Feb. 17 in Charlotte, N.C.

Also on Thursday, the NBA announced the All-Star Game draft will be televised
on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET. It will air on TNT.

In the draft, the two captains will select players, regardless of conference,
from the elected starters and the reserves chosen by coaches.

The leading vote-getter from fan balloting for each conference will be the
captain.

Last season, James and Golden State's Stephen Curry were team captains and
made their selections via conference call. The order in which they selected
some players was ultimately leaked, and many -- including several players --
argued the draft should have been televised in the first place.

According to reports, the original plan was indeed to televise the draft but
the players' union pushed back and the draft was moved to a conference call.

--Field Level Media

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