The NBA released its first set of NBA All-Star Game returns on Thursday. Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal placed ninth among Eastern Conference guards with 149,640 votes,. He is within 10,000 votes of Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons. Trae Young of the Hawks and Kyrie Irving of the Nets are the top two vote-getters.
No Wizards players ranked in the Top 10 for frontcourt players. That’s mildly disappointing since Rui Hachimura is the first Japanese-born player to be a first round pick and had a good start to his season before a freak groin injury. After all, Celtics rookie Tacko Fall is sixth in the first round of returns!
Fan voting only counts for 50 percent of a players’ score as to whether he makes the starting lineup. The media accounts for another 25 percent and players provide ballots for the remaining 25 percent.
Fans can vote via Google search, the NBA App online or at the NBA’s site.All-Star voting concludes on Jan. 20.