NBA All Star Game: 1st Fan Voting Recap


Ethan Schwam

The NBA All Star Game is right around the corner, where the best of the best get to play each other on one of the biggest stages in sports. This means fans have an opportunity to cast their vote for who they think should make the famous game. Once the voting is complete, the two highest vote-getters will be captains and will have to choose to draft players from a pool of other top vote-getters to make their teams. 


For the first ballot of returns, there are some obvious choices. MVP candidate Luka Doncic is leading all players right now with 1,073,957 votes. He has had an amazing season so far, earning him the most votes so far. Other standouts include Giannis Antetokounmpo, the star forward for Milwaukee, and LeBron James, the always-performing player for the Lakers. Electrifying rookie Ja Morant also appears on the ballot for western guards.


Most of these players have been outstanding so far and definitely deserve their spots on the ballot, but there are two select names on there that have special reasons why they are seen on the ballot. The first of them being Celtics center Tacko Fall, who although has barely played in the NBA this season, ranks sixth for all eastern frontcourt players. Fall, the tallest player in the NBA at 7 feet 6 inches, has developed a sort of cult following by fans around the NBA. His stature, along with a fun style of play, is the reason why he has been voted over 100,000 times. The second of these players is Alex Caruso, a guard on the Lakers. Like Fall, he has unimpressive stats, but has a huge following due to his infamous hair and his larger-than-life personality. He has about 92,000 votes.


Although fans can vote for who they want in the game, their input only counts for a fraction of what goes into selecting the players. This makes it highly unlikely for folk heroes like Fall and Caruso to make the game. Stay tuned as more ballots get released and the players are selected to play in the NBA’s highlight affair.