On Monday, the NBA’s All-Star Game voting ended. What could it lead to for the San Antonio Spurs?
On Sunday, Feb. 18, the 2018 NBA All-Star Game will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. It’s an event the San Antonio Spurs usually send someone to, whether it was Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard or David Robinson, in the 1990’s. The 2017 event saw Leonard represent the Silver and Black.
Voting for the 2018 game concluded on Monday, with the players announced during Thursday’s edition of Inside the NBA. So, a little over 48 hours remain before fans learn the results.
For now, there’s the second fan returns to look on, to see where the players stand. Fan voting makes up for 50 percent of the selection process.
This last check-up saw not Leonard or LaMarcus Aldridge have the most Spurs votes, but Manu Ginobili. Yes, the same 40-year-old that’s potentially on his last legs in the NBA. He had 657,827 votes, good for the fifth-best total among guards in the Western Conference. Chris Paul, Damian Lillard and Jimmy Butler were among the guards that landed behind him.
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Monday’s last-second push could get Ginobili enough support from the fans. Of course, he must receive media and player support, which makes up the remaining 50 percent of the voting process. Given his 9.1 points per game, it would not be a surprise he the other 50 percent was not enough to send him to Los Angeles.
Despite Aldridge’s rebound season, he came in at No. 10 in the frontcourt voting. The extra support should get him in. If not, there’s potential for him to be one of the game’s biggest snubs.
Leonard’s case will be interesting, as he sits at No. 6 for the frontcourt He may be one of the NBA’s most talented players, but after appearing in just nine games, it’s hard to think he would deserve a spot.
The Second #NBAAllStar Voting Returns for Western Conference players!
— 2018 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) January 11, 2018
Will any Spur be part of the 2018 All-Star Game? Could someone be snubbed?