The NBA released the second round of fan voting for the 2018 NBA All Star Game, and the news isn’t great for either of Washington’s starting guards.
Dwyane Wade jumped over 25,000 votes ahead of John Wall for fifth in voting among East guards in the most recent round of returns. Bradley Beal held on to the ninth spot in voting, a little under 25,000 votes behind Kyle Lowry and nearly 50,000 votes ahead of Jaylen Brown.
Here’s the full top ten in East guards after the second round of returns:
- Kyrie Irving - 1,370,643
- DeMar DeRozan - 537,168
- Ben Simmons - 397,942
- Victor Oladipo - 385,448
- Dwyane Wade - 353,273
- John Wall - 328,215
- Isaiah Thomas - 252,552
- Kyle Lowry - 176,590
- Bradley Beal - 151,765
- Jaylen Brown - 103,622
Wall’s drop is disappointing, considering Wade is only averaging 11.3 points per game off the bench in Cleveland this season, but Wade is on a high-profile team and has a strong global following thanks to the success he had earlier in his career. Also, the Wizards’ struggles this season, particularly in disappointing recent losses against the Bucks and Jazz haven’t helped Wall’s case over the past week.
Fan voting accounts for 50 percent of the vote to determine All Star Game starters. Voting by NBA players accounts for another 25 percent and the other 25 percent is voted on by a panel of basketball media members. The final results will be unveiled Thursday, January 18 on Inside the NBA on TNT at 6 p.m. ET. Reserves will be announced the following Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.