The NBA released the second fan vote returns for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday, Jan. 13.
The first fan vote returns showed that Warriors star Stephen Curry and Nets star Kevin Durant were frontrunners to captain the All-Star teams, and that hasn’t changed in the second fan vote returns. Lakers star LeBron James has leapfrogged Durant for the second-most votes in the league, but that does not change Durant’s current captain status.
Just like in years past, fans will account for 50% of the final vote for this year’s All-Star Game. The other 50% is made up of current players and a media panel, with each side accounting for 25% of the vote.
The Western Conference frontcourt has the closest race for a starting spot, with a new name entering the starting lineup as of the latest fan vote returns: Wiggins has passed Paul George for the time being, with only 56,286 votes separating the two players. While it’s worth mentioning again that the fan vote only counts for 50% of the final vote, it’s also worth noting that George is currently sidelined with an elbow injury and would likely need a replacement if he did crack the starting lineup.