26 January, 2019
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Despite finishing second among Eastern Conference guards in the fan-vote portion of balloting for All-Star starters, the Miami Heat icon did not receive similar support in the combined balloting of media and players, which each counted as 25 percent of the overall process.
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard has been voted an Eastern Conference starter for the National Basketball Association all-star game in February. The biggest surprise, if it can be called that, is Kemba Walker starting at home in Charlotte, although it's well deserved as he's been fantastic this season.
Each of the West's starters have been named an All-Star at least six times, led by James with 15 selections. Captains are chosen, and then voting selects the starting lineups of each team by conference.
While Joel Embiid will start in the All-Star game, Ben Simmons has been made to wait for his debut.
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Why did Wade not get voted in as a starter despite having the second-most fan votes among East guards behind only Irving?
There's still a chance Rose can make the team if coaches vote for him as a reserve.
Simmons, who has nearly averaged a triple-double for the Philadelphia 76ers this season, finished equal third among the East's guard combined fan-media-player vote with Miami Heat veteran Dwyane Wade.
Wade is one of four still-active past All-Star MVPs waiting to see if an All-Star nod is coming.
But the votes from players and the media swung it the way of Oklahoma City Thunder guard George and Houston Rockets talisman Harden. The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference were named NBA All-Star Game starters.
In addition to those semi-household names, the following players also received multiple votes from their peers.