Global voting for NBA All-Star starters begins Thursday

Published January 28, 2021, 9:37 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

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LeBron James (right) of the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers react after their win against the Denver Nuggets in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 24, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Voting for a potential 2021 NBA All-Star Game tips off Thursday and runs through February 16, giving fans a chance to vote for starters from the Eastern and Western Conferences.

While players will be honored and there will be an NBA All-Star break from March 5-10 in a 2020-21 season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no guarantee the elite lineups will ever assemble on a court against each other due to health and safety concerns.

“Discussions surrounding a potential NBA All-Star Game are ongoing,” the league said in a statement.

Fans can submit one ballot a day through the NBA’s website and NBA app or vote through Twitter. Fan voting will account for half of voting with balloting by a media panel and by current NBA players each counting for 25% of the final total.

Players are ranked in player, media and fan voting and a weighted total scored will decide two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference to be declared starters, with fan voting used as a tiebreaker.

The NBA All-Star starters will be announced on February 18 with All-Star reserves, chosen by NBA head coaches, to be announced on February 23.