With two weeks until the starters for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game are announced, the league released an update on fan vote tallies.
Among guards in the Western Conference, the Spurs' DeMar DeRozan was in seventh place, with 594,012 votes entering Thursday. LaMarcus Aldridge, a six-time All-Star, wasn't in the top ten in the fan vote for forwards, but that doesn't mean he won't play in the game.
Both of the top scorers for the Silver & Black face uphill climbs to reach the number of votes for starter status in the stacked Western Conference. Aldridge sits behind Golden State's Demarcus Cousins, who hasn't played a game yet this season. DeRozan trails the past two league MVPs in James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who are outside the top two themselves.
The Spurs have had at least one player named to the All-Star team in each of the last 20 seasons.
Former Spur Kawhi Leonard is second in the East for frontcourt players.
Under the new system for deciding All-Stars that began last season, the opening round of voting decides the ten starters for the game. From each conference, three frontcourt players (forwards and centers) and two backcourt players (guards) will be named starters. That announcement will be made January 24 after fans, media and players vote. Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each.
On January 31, the reserves will be announced. The league's coaches vote on those players, after the game's starters are announced.
The NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format, with the two team captains drafting rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves and making their picks regardless of conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference. Details about the NBA All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date, the league said.
Thursday and Friday, January 10 and 11 are "2 for 1 Vote Days," where each fan's ballot counts as two. The last day of voting, January 21, will also be a "2 for 1" day. Fans can vote daily.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be held February 17 at 7 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C.