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The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James has surpassed the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to lead the NBA in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NY USA

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James has surpassed the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to lead the NBA in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting.

James has taken an 82,001-vote lead over Doncic among all Western Conference players. The NBA All-Star Game captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 69th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with every voter completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

In the second fan returns, James leads all players with 3,359,871 votes to keep the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt. The Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3,124,446) and the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2,210,539) continue to rank second and third, respectively, in the West frontcourt.

Doncic leads the West guards with 3,277,870 votes. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden remains in second place, receiving 2,167,269 votes.

Antetokounmpo has increased his lead as the top vote-getter among all Eastern Conference players, earning 3,259,383 votes in the frontcourt group. He continues to be followed by second-place Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (1,784,211) and third-place Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors (1,730,763) in the East frontcourt.

In the East guard group, the top three players are separated by 58,051 votes. The Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (1,389,628) is still in first place, followed by second-place Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets (1,351,997) and third-place Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics (1,331,577).

The NBA All-Star 2020 team rosters will be drafted by the two captains. They will choose from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their selections regardless of conference affiliation.

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains, on Thursday, Jan. 23 during TNT NBA Tip-Off. The network will also announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 30 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

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 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.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

January 9, 1947 Don Martin of Providence became the first NBA player to ever score 40 points in a game, in a matchup against Cleveland.

January 9, 1972 Milwaukee, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 120-104, ending the Lakers’ consecutive win streak at 33, the longest winning streak in major league sports history.

January 9, 1972 The NBA’s 2,000,000th point occurred in either the Baltimore-Phoenix or Detroit-Buffalo game.

January 9, 1991 Chicago’s Michael Jordan scored a game-high 40 points to lead the Bulls to a 107-99 win over Philadelphia at the Spectrum, reaching the 15,000 point mark for his career. Jordan reached 15,000 points in 460 games, quicker than any player in NBA history except Wilt Chamberlain (358 games).

January 9, 1993 Detroit retired Hall of Fame center Bob Lanier’s jersey #16 at halftime of the Pistons-Warriors game. Lanier played 91/2 seasons with the Pistons and finished his career in Milwaukee.

January 9, 1996 Toronto established an NBA record by becoming the first team ever not to hit a foul shot during the course of a game. The Raptors are 0-of-3 from the line during a 92-91 loss to visiting Charlotte.

January 9, 2001 Patrick Ewing of the Seattle SuperSonics scored his 24,000th career point, becoming the 13th player in NBA history to reach that total.

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