Simmons' NBA All-Star bid on shaky ground

Simmons' NBA All-Star bid on shaky ground

Harden's problem for captaincy is that he's now seventh in fan voting, trailing the likes of Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Steph Curry, and Luka Doncic.

The fan vote, which opened on Christmas Day, accounts for 50% of the vote to determine the 10 All-Star starters. Current NBA players and a panel of basketball media each account for 25% of the remaining vote.

All current National Basketball Association players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with those voters completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Ball and Kuzma, along with Brandon Ingram, were selected to the Rising Stars Game last season. Voting among current players counts 25 percent and votes from media covering the National Basketball Association counts the other 25 percent.

The latest round of All-Star voting returns are in and, at the very top of each conference, nothing has changed. The top vote victor in each conference is named the captain of their team, and then they draft players from either conference's all-star starters and reserves list to comprise their team. Captains can choose players for their teams regardless of conference affiliation.

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The captains' draft will be televised this season. The Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (858,798) continues to hold third place, while Philadelphia's Ben Simmons (695,032) remains in fourth place.

The 68th All-Star game will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on February 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. All-Star reserves, decided by a vote of the league's head coaches, will be announced January 31.

Details for the All-Star draft have yet to be announced.

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