CLEVELAND — The NBA announced the starters for Feb. 18’s All-Star Game early Friday night. It released the full docket of voting later in the evening. And just about every Oklahoma City Thunder player is there in some form.
There were the expected players: Russell Westbrook finished third amongst Western Conference guards in the overall voting. Paul George was fifth amongst Western Conference frontcourt players, Carmelo Anthony ninth. Then, there were the deeper cuts.
All-Star voting gets broken down into three sections now: 50 percent of the vote comes from the fans and the media and players each make up 25 percent.
Steven Adams finished tied for 10th amongst West frontcourt guys in the overall vote and also received the 10th-most votes from players.
Andre Roberson received three player votes to start the game, placing him 22nd in that section of the voting. He received 63,984 fan votes, 18th amongst West guards. Alex Abrines garnered four player votes to start. He received 25,921 fan votes, 27th. Thunder two-way player Daniel Hamilton, who has played nine minutes for the Thunder this season (clearly the nine most glorious minutes in NBA history), received a player vote. He also received 1,727 fan votes. Dakari Johnson, who has averaged 6.3 minutes for the Thunder and received 1,694 fan votes, also received one player vote.
Raymond Felton received 14,490 fan votes. Jerami Grant received 13,356. Terrance Ferguson (11,378), Nick Collison (7.445), Patrick Patterson (5,601), Josh Huestis (4,188) Kyle Singler (2,907) and P.J. Dozier (1,610) finished out the list.