Still looking like LeBron and Giannis will be All Star captains for the February 7th draft.
The third returns of NBA All Star fan voting are in, and with it comes news that the 2019 All Star Draft will take place on February 7 - the same day as the NBA trade deadline.
Just like the first and second returns of fan voting, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences with the most votes. If that stands, they will serve as All Star captains for the TNT-televised draft on February 7.
As seen in the most recent All Star fan voting breakdown, the only players other than 'Bron and Giannis that have accumulated more than 3 million votes are Dallas Mavericks' rookie Luka Doncic and Boston Celtics' All Star Kyrie Irving.
According to the fans, the West's starting roster should consist of LeBron, Luka and Paul George, with Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose in the backcourt. In the East, it's Giannis, Kawhi and Embiid in the front court with Kyrie and Dwyane Wade in the backcourt.
That said, the fan vote only accounts for 50% of the final 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. Every voter will complete one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.
The leading vote-getter from each conference will draft their rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.
Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Monday, January 21. The All Star starters, and captains, will be announced January 24 on TNT. Reserves will be announced on January 31.