The NBA released the latest round of fan balloting for the 2017 All-Star Game on Thursday afternoon, and things still aren’t looking good for John Wall. He’s still in 7th place among guards in the Eastern Conference and the gap is widening between him and the players ahead of him in the vote. He’s 50,000 votes behind Derrick Rose for 6th place, and has only a little more than a third as many votes as Dwyane Wade, who is holding down second place in the latest round of balloting.
Of course, it’s important to remember that fan voting is not the only factor in determining who the starters will be in this year’s All-Star Game, but he’d need a very strong push from the player and media vote to compensate for the lack of fan vote support he’s gotten to date.
At this point, the real thing to keep an eye on is the battle between Dwyane Wade and DeMar DeRozan for the the second guard spot in the East. If Wade can somehow hold on to that spot, he’ll claim a spot on the team that he likely wouldn’t get if he had to rely on the coaches’ vote to get in as a reserve. If that happens, it makes the battle for those remaining reserve spots all the more intense between Wall, and other players in the mix like DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Thomas, and Kemba Walker.