huge differences between fan/player/media voting

Last night, the NBA announced the 10 starters and 2 captains for the 2023 Salt Lake City All-Star Game. As always, it is interesting to analyze the votes in detail, especially in terms of differences in results between the choice of fans, players and journalists.

Before we go any further, a little reminder about the voting system for the All-Star Game.

  • The vote of the fans counts 50% from the final result
  • The player’s vote counts 25% from the final result
  • The voice of journalists counts 25% from the final result

Now let’s go to the results of the vote.

As you can see above, the NBA has released the rankings of each candidate for the All-Star Game by type of voting: fans, players, journalists. And we can see some big differences.

Striking differences within the Eastern Conference

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  • Bam Adebayo: 11th among fans, 5th among players/journalists. The Heat pivot recently criticized the voting style of fans who avoided him in the voting process despite his good individual season. But rest assured, Bam has the respect of his peers and journalists. He should logically be named an All-Star alternate by the coaches in a few days.
  • Kyle Kuzma: 7th among fans, 16th among players. With his bright pink sweaters and Insta posts in reality TV star mode, Kuz has a certain following in the NBA, especially since he had a really bad season on the Washington side. On the other hand, it is less popular among gamers.
  • Jayson Tatum: 4th among players, 1st among reporters. The Celtics star, an MVP candidate this season, is a media favorite. But when we look at the player votes, it’s really Tatum who finds himself on the sidelines behind Giannis, Embiid and Kevin Durant.

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  • Kyrie Irving: 1st among fans/players, 4th among reporters. Kyrie, a controversial character, is not really popular with the media, who have not forgotten all the controversies surrounding the guy in recent months. Uncle Drew, on the other hand, still commands the respect of his peers and the admiration of his fans.
  • Tyrese Haliburton: 8th among fans, 3rd among journalists. A well-rounded, winning team-winner, and also very crazy, the young bull has something to tempt journalists with. The problem is that Haliburton plays deep in Indiana, which isn’t great for winning over the fans.
  • DeMar DeRozan: 4th among players, 10th among reporters. It is considered real hooper by its competitors, DMDR is still very popular among its peers. But the media continues to shy away from him, apparently because his mid-range shooting game isn’t designed for analytics, and the Bulls have been disappointing this season.
  • Trae Young: 5th among fans, 12th among players. A huge offensive talent and trash talker at heart, Ice Trae is generally a hit with his fans. On the other hand, he is not at all popular among the other players in the League. Maybe he has a brave side, very questionable leadership, or a tendency to score as many points as he scores.
  • Jalen Brunson: 12th among fans, 8th among players. Despite having a very good individual season and playing in a very large New York market, the Knicks guard is only 12th in the fan vote. However, he can take solace in the fact that his opponents respect his game.

Striking divisions within the Western Conference

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  • Anthony Davis: 3rd among fans, 7th among players, 6th among reporters. AD clearly took advantage of the Lakers’ large fan base to gain a good standing among fans. But Davis is less popular among the media as among the players, probably because he couldn’t escape the hospital box.
  • Lauri Markkanen: 7th among fans, 4th among players. It’s not easy to get fan support when you play in Utah, no matter how good you are. Nevertheless, new evidence with Markkanen having a great season. A great season, but it doesn’t go unnoticed by the players.
  • Domantas Sabonis: 9th among fans, 3rd among journalists. Like Markkanen, Sabonis is being punished by playing in Sacramento. Despite the growing hype surrounding the Kings, Domas is unpopular with fans, but reporters rank him fourth behind Jokic and LeBron.
  • Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green: 5th and 8th among fans, 19th and 14th among players. Once again, Warriors fans went all out for their representatives despite Golden State’s disappointing season. So Wiggins and Green find themselves in the top 10 of fan voting, but more so among players. In particular, there is a huge void for Wiggs, who has been in the infirmary a lot lately.

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  • De’Aaron Fox: 8th among fans, 5th among reporters. See Domantas Sabonis para.
  • Devin Booker: 10th among fans, 7th among players. The All-Star guard is still unpopular with fans, and that likely has something to do with playing Phoenix, a team that rarely makes headlines. The fact that he’s injured doesn’t help matters either, but players still know what an offensive machine Book is.
  • Russell Westbrook: 6th among fans, 18th among players. This is prime evidence that playing in Los Angeles, the city of the stars, is a huge advantage in reaching the All-Star Game. Despite all the turmoil that has hit LA since Russ arrived in 2021, Lakers fans tried to send Brody to the All-Star game. Fortunately, players who fail to succeed are clearly not in the same delirium.
  • Anthony Edwards: 13th among fans, 8th among players. Another one who was punished for where he played. Despite his cool side, smile, and big expressions, Ant-Man isn’t helped by the fact that he’s evolved into the Timberwolves. But his opponents are really starting to realize how powerful he is.
  • Klay Thompson: 5th among fans, 25th among players. Hello (very) wide space! Like Wiggins and Draymond, Klay took advantage of the Warriors’ large fan base to finish in the Top 5 in fan voting. However, he is far behind among players who see Thompson as a shadow of the All-Star he was before his major injuries.


Source text: NBA

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