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Lakers’ James and Nets’ Durant named starters and captains for 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Taking place in March.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant lead the list of 10 players who have been selected by fans, current NBA players, and a media panel to start in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, 07 March 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

 

 

As the NBA All-Star Game starters who led their respective conferences in fan votes during NBA All-Star Voting 2021 presented by AT&T, James and Durant will serve as team captains for the Team LeBron vs. Team Durant matchup and draft the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. TNT will air the 2021 NBA All-Star Draft on Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

The NBA All-Star Game starters, comprising two guards and three frontcourt players in each conference, were announced on Thursday, 18 February 2021  by TNT during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax. The All-Star Game reserves, featuring seven players from each conference as selected by NBA head coaches, will be unveiled by TNT on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. ET during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

Along with James (frontcourt), the Western Conference starter pool includes the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (guard), the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Dončić (guard), the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić (frontcourt) and the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (frontcourt).

In the Eastern Conference, Durant (frontcourt) is joined in the starter pool by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (frontcourt), the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal (guard), the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (frontcourt) and the Nets’ Kyrie Irving (guard).

A record five international players have been voted NBA All-Star Game starters: Antetokounmpo (Greece), Dončić (Slovenia), Embiid (Cameroon), Irving (Australia) and Jokić (Serbia). The previous record was four, which was set last year.

The 70th NBA All-Star Game is part of NBA All-Star 2021, which will be held on one night, March 7.

2021 NBA ALL-STAR VOTING RESULTS

Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the NBA All-Star Game starters, while current NBA players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each.  James (5,922,554 fan votes) and Durant (5,567,106 fan votes) led their respective conferences and position groups in fan voting.  Curry (5,481,033 fan votes) and Beal (3,485,051 fan votes) also led their respective position groups in fan voting.

After all votes were tallied, players were 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 was 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 were named NBA All-Star Game starters.

Fan votes served as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.  Dončić won the tiebreaker with the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard for the second starting spot in the Western Conference guard group.

Below are the overall scores – based on results from all three voting groups – for the top finishers at each position.  Each player’s score is weighted based on 50 percent for fan vote, 25 percent for player vote and 25 percent for media vote.  The formula to determine a player’s score is (Fan Rank * 2 + Player Rank + Media Rank)/4.  For complete voting results and a list of media voters, please visit pr.nba.com.

WESTERN CONFERENCE FRONTCOURT

Player (Team) Fan Rank Player Rank Media Rank Weighted Score
1. *#LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) 1 1 1 1.0
2. *Nikola Jokić (Denver) 2 2 2 2.0
3. *Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers) 3 4 3 3.25
4. Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) 4 3 5 4.0
5. Paul George (LA Clippers) 5 5 5 5.0
6. Zion Williamson (New Orleans) 6 8 8 7.0
7. Brandon Ingram (New Orleans) 9 6 8 8.0
8. Christian Wood (Houston) 8 10 7 8.25
9. Rudy Gobert (Utah) 12 7 4 8.75
10. Carmelo Anthony (Portland) 10 9 8 9.25

WESTERN CONFERENCE BACKCOURT

Player (Team) Fan Rank Player Rank Media Rank Weighted Score
1. *Stephen Curry (Golden State) 1 1 1 1.0
2. *Luka Dončić (Dallas) 2 3 3 2.5^
3. Damian Lillard (Portland) 3 2 2 2.5^
4. Donovan Mitchell (Utah) 4 5 4 4.25
5. Devin Booker (Phoenix) 5 4 5 4.75
6. Ja Morant (Memphis) 6 9 5 6.5
7. Chris Paul (Phoenix) 7 7 5 6.5
8. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City) 11 7 5 8.5
9. CJ McCollum (Portland) 10 14 5 9.75
10. DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio) 12 10 5 9.75

*–Voted to start
#–Team captain
^–Tiebreaker for starting spot is fan rank

EASTERN CONFERENCE FRONTCOURT

Player (Team) Fan Rank Player Rank Media Rank Weighted Score
1. *#Kevin Durant (Brooklyn) 1 1 3 1.5
2. *Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) 2 2 1 1.75
3. *Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) 3 3 2 2.75
4. Jayson Tatum (Boston) 4 5 5 4.5
5. Jimmy Butler (Miami) 5 6 7 5.75
6. Bam Adebayo (Miami) 6 4 7 5.75
7. Julius Randle (New York) 7 8 5 6.75
8. Domantas Sabonis (Indiana) 8 9 4 7.25
9. Jerami Grant (Detroit) 10 7 7 8.5
10. Gordon Hayward (Charlotte) 9 15 7 10.0

EASTERN CONFERENCE BACKCOURT

Player (Team) Fan Rank Player Rank Media Rank Weighted Score
1. *Bradley Beal (Washington) 1 1 1 1.0
2. *Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn) 2 2 4 2.5
3. James Harden (Brooklyn) 3 3 3 3.0
4. Zach LaVine (Chicago) 4 3 5 4.0
5. Jaylen Brown (Boston) 5 5 2 4.25
6. Trae Young (Atlanta) 6 11 6 7.25
7. Russell Westbrook (Washington) 7 12 7 8.25
8. Ben Simmons (Philadelphia) 11 6 7 8.75
9. Fred VanVleet (Toronto) 10 7 9 9.0
10. Collin Sexton (Cleveland) 9 13 9 10.0

*–Voted to start
#–Team captain
^–Tiebreaker for starting spot is fan rank


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