NBA All-Star Starters: Ben Simmons snubbed | 94 WIP


The 2019 NBA All-Star starters have been announced, so let's take a look at the in-depth breakdown of the votes. Since Wade finished better in fan voting than Simmons, the Sixers point guard technically finishes fourth behind the Heat's future Hall of Famer. George won a tiebreaker for the West's third front court starting spot over the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis, who finished third on the players' and media's ballots but fifth in the fan vote.

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Stephen Curry and James Harden will start for the Western Conference.

Fans accounted for 50 percent of the votes, current National Basketball Association players accounted for 25 percent, and a media panel accounted for the remaining 25 percent.

There's still a chance Rose can make the team if coaches vote for him as a reserve.

While Butler is a four-time All-Star, Simmons has arguably shown more this season and has been in the driver's seat of the 76ers offence, even increasing his production since Butler's arrival. Among the notable snubs based on fan voting: Dallas rookie Luka Doncic, who was second in the West frontcourt voting; Minnesota's Derrick Rose, who out-polled Harden for the No. 2 spot in the West guard voting; and Miami guard Dwyane Wade, who fans voted second among East guards in his 16th and final National Basketball Association season.

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The league announced five starters from each conference for next month's All-Star game, which were broken down with two guards and three frontcourt players voted in from the East and the West.

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Wade's competition for a backcourt reserve spot includes Simmons (16.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists), Washington's Bradley Beal (24.7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists), Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe (15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists) and Toronto's Kyle Lowry (14.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 9.4 assists).

The 2019 All-Star Game will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on February 17.

Antetokounmpo (4.4 million) will have the first choice of the second round, when the captains pick players named to the All-Star Game as reserves. From there, James and Antetokounmpo will choose their rosters on February 7, with conference affiliations irrelevant.