The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 16, 2020 in Chicago. Last year, Dallas Mavericks fans were disappointed when franchise star Luka Doncic didn’t make the All-Star team, despite earning over 4 million fan votes, the third-most among all players. He eventually won Rookie of the Year and was ranked 16th on ESPN’s top 100 list.
This year, Doncic is averaging nearly a 30-point triple-double and leading the Mavs to a top-4 seed in the Western Conference. Is it safe to assume he’ll be an All-Star this year?
Well, you don’t want to assume anything. Mavericks fans will be doing their part to ensure that Luka earns his first All-Star selection in his career.
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How to Vote for a Player for the NBA All-Star Team
Voting Window: Wednesday, December 25, 11 a.m. ET to Monday, January 20 11:59 p.m. ET
2-for-1 Days (votes count twice): January 2, January 3, January 10, January 16, and January 20 on all voting platforms
A voting “day”, including 2-for-1 days, is from 12 am to 11:59 pm.
Google: Search “NBA Vote” or “NBA All-Star Vote” on Google.com or in the Google App or just search for a player or team and select the vote option. You can vote for up to 10 players per day through Google.
Google Assistant: Say, “Hey Google, vote for the NBA All-Star Game” or “Google, talk to NBA All-Star” to any device with Google Assistant. You can vote for up to 10 players per day through Google Assistant.
NBA App: Submit a ballot through the NBA app. A full ballot is 2 guards and 3 front court players from each conference. You can submit one full ballot each day through the NBA app.
NBA.com: Submit a ballot on the voting page at NBA.com. A full ballot is 2 guards and 3 front court players from each conference. You can submit one full ballot each day on NBA.com.
The results of fan voting will be shared throughout the voting window.
Dates: Thursday, January 2; Thursday, January 9; and Thursday, January 16.
How Teams are Chosen
The selection process changed a couple of years ago. Media members and current players have an official vote and the teams are drafted without consideration for which conference they’re in.
Here’s how the teams are chosen. I found the process to seem a little complicated, so I’ll break it down here.
First, the starters are chosen.
How Starters are Selected
Fans, current players, and media will vote for players to be included in the All-Star game as starters. Fan votes account for 50% of a player’s overall ranking. Current player votes will account for 25% of the ranking. Media member votes will account for 25% of the ranking.
In addition to voting through the public platforms listed above, players and media members can each submit one official ballot. Their ballot includes three frontcourt players and two guards from each conference. This is the voting that counts as 25% of a player’s ranking.
The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference are starters.
Here is the formula the NBA uses to calculate a player’s final ranking:
(Fan Rank x 2 + Player Rank + Media Rank) / 4
For example, in 2019 Luka Doncic ranked 2nd in total fan votes for frontcourt players, 8th in player votes, and 6th in media votes, so his weighted score or rank was 4.5. Since only three frontcourt players are selected as starters, he did not make the cut.
The team captains will be the two players who received the most fan votes, one from each conference.
Next, the reserves are chosen.
How Reserves are Selected
NBA head coaches will vote for players to be included in the All-Star game as reserves. They each submit one ballot that includes two guards, three frontcourt players, and two players of any position. They can vote for any NBA player. They don’t have to choose from the top players from the starters vote.
Finally, the teams are drafted.
How the Teams are Drafted
The team captains draft their starters from the pool of players voted in as starters, regardless of conference. Then, they’ll draft their reserves from the pool of players voted in as reserves, regardless of conference.
Each team will have five starters and seven reserves.
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When Captains and Starters Will be Revealed
When: Thursday, January 23
Where: TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader
When Reserves Will be Revealed
When: Thursday, January 30
Where: TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader
When the Teams Will be Drafted
When: Thursday, February 6 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT
Where: TNT All-Star Draft Special
I have to believe that Luka Doncic will be selected as a starter. He even has a legitimate chance to be a team captain. He’s an MVP candidate, for cryin’ out loud!
His snub last year might have been due to his youth or the sheer depth of talent in the Western Conference. I believe he’s proven himself this year and deserves a spot on the All-Star team. Let’s get him there, MFFLs!
Article photo by Pedro Szekely