Ben Simmons' NBA All-Star bid looks shaky
Ben Simmons' pursuit of an All-Star invite remains a little shaky with the Australian still sitting in fourth among Eastern Conference guards after the NBA's latest release of fan vote figures.
The Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving is the East's top guard with 2,381,901 votes followed by Miami Heat veteran Dwyane Wade (1,199,789) and the Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (858,798).
Simmons' All-Star fate, if he can't finish as a top two guard in the Eastern Conference and a starter for the game, will rest with NBA coaches who will select the reserves.
Last year the coaches snubbed Simmons.
Simmons' 695,032 fan votes this year puts him in ninth among all guards, behind the Western Conference's leader Steph Curry (2,094,158), Derrick Rose (1,986,840), James Harden (1,674,660), Russell Westbrook (1,494,382) and Klay Thompson (706,960).
The fan vote makes up 50 per cent of the tally.
NBA players and media member votes account for 25 per cent each.
There are plenty of other veteran guards coaches may choose over Simmons.
In the East they include Victor Oladipo (567,893), Kyle Lowry (488,825), Goran Dragic (191,541) and Bradley Beal (168,137).
The All-Star Game will be played in Charlotte on February 17.
The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James leads all players with 2,779,812 fan votes while Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic (2,220,077) continues to rank second in the West.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George (1,859,216) has moved up to third in the West frontcourt calculations, followed by the Warriors' Kevin Durant (1,717,968) and the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (1,564,347).
The Thunder's Kiwi big man Steven Adams is sixth among West frontcourt players with 1,034,014 votes.
After all votes are tallied, players will be ranked in each conference by position and each player's score will be calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes.
The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference will be named NBA All-Star Game starters.
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