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John Wall finishes 7th among East guards in first round of 2017 All-Star fan balloting

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The NBA has released the first round of fan balloting for the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. Based on the early results, John Wall is going to face a steep uphill climb to make it into the starting lineup.

Wall received less than 90,000 votes in the first round of voting, which puts him well behind Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, and DeMar DeRozan, who all received over 200,000 votes. Here is the full top 10, via NBA.com:

  1. Kyrie Irving (CLE) 543,030
  2. Dwyane Wade (CHI) 278,052
  3. DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 253,340
  4. Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 193,297
  5. Derrick Rose (NY) 129,924
  6. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 128,940
  7. John Wall (WAS) 87,360
  8. Jeremy Lin (BKN) 59,562
  9. Kemba Walker (CHA) 52,122
  10. Avery Bradley (BOS) 32,822

It’s pretty hard to see any way Wall overcomes that big of a deficit by the end of fan balloting, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out of the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game just yet. Unlike past years, the fan vote is not only determining factor in who is named a starter for the All-Star Game. Fan voting only determines 50 percent of the vote, with the other 50 percent split between player and media votes. If he can get a strong push from the player and media votes, he might still have a chance, but it certainly won’t be easy.