LeBron James, Stephen Curry lead ASG starters; Russell Westbrook left out

Russell Westbrook is not among a Western Conference All-Star starters after losing a voting tiebreaker with Golden State Warriors ensure Stephen Curry and Houston Rockets ensure James Harden.


The star Oklahoma City Thunder ensure was left out in a installed West in a NBA’s new voting system, that enclosed players and media for a initial time this season. Getting a curtsy in a West starting 5 were Warriors teammates Curry and Kevin Durant, Harden, San Antonio Spurs brazen Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans Pelicans core Anthony Davis.

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  • The East starters are Cleveland Cavaliers teammates Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, Jimmy Butler of a Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan of a Toronto Raptors.

    The All-Star starters were suggested Thursday on TNT.

    James is a heading scorer in All-Star Game story and is set to turn usually a fifth actor to start during slightest 13 games. He pronounced it meant something additional being a heading vote-getter among fans with 1,893,751 votes.

    “I consider from a standpoint of people suffer a approach we play a game, they honour a approach we play a diversion and during this indicate in my career I’m still doing something right,” he pronounced Thursday. “Makes me proud, creates my family unapproachable and my support system, so it’s cold in that sense.”

    Fans accounted for 50 percent of a opinion to establish a starters. Current players and a media accounted for 25 percent each. Ballots consisted of dual guards and 3 frontcourt players per conference.

    Westbrook indeed was tied with Curry and Harden in a points total after finishing initial in a media opinion and actor opinion and third in a fan vote, though Curry and Harden kick him out since a fan opinion was a tiebreaker.

    Curry’s 1,848,121 votes trailed usually James, while Harden got 1,771,375, scarcely 200,000 some-more fan votes than Westbrook’s 1,575,865.

    Some around a joining were astounded that Westbrook wasn’t voted in as a starter, with Clippers manager Doc Rivers job it “fake news” and observant he’s repelled fans didn’t see a same thing players and a media did. Memphis Grizzlies brazen Chandler Parsons called it “insane” and pronounced he felt Westbrook is carrying a “historic season.”

    “It’s a large storyline since those dual guys are doing extraordinary things this year,” Curry told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne on Thursday night, referring to Westbrook and Harden. “There’s usually dual spots we can fill. Unfortunately, somebody was going to get left out. I’ve been on a other side of that 4 years ago. It’s how it goes. The fact we get to paint my group in that diversion and to start is something that we really appreciate.

    Boston Celtics ensure Isaiah Thomas were tied in a points tally, though DeRozan was named a starter since he won a fan vote. DeRozan finished third during 796,112 votes, and Thomas was fourth during 755,102 votes.

    James and Durant had a tip probable scores opposite all 3 voting groups, though a new routine separated Chicago’s Dwyane Wade, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia, who would have been inaugurated by fans underneath a aged format. They didn’t arrange high adequate to reason on to spots when actor and media votes were counted.

    “It’s an extraordinary feeling,” Durant pronounced of being voted in by fans. “It usually shows a work we put in and people commend you. It’s still a dream for me.”

    Irving, who won All-Star MVP a final time a diversion was played in New Orleans, led all East guards with 1,696,769 votes. With Irving and James both starting, this year’s diversion will symbol a initial time a Cavs will have dual All-Star starters in authorization history.

    “It’s awesome, man,” Irving said. “To be with a tip players in a whole league, to be famous is an overwhelming attainment — by a fans and a players. You’re usually grateful for a opportunity.”

    Irving purposefully did not appreciate a media Thursday, and as he finished his postgame accessibility he muttered about how a media voted him as a third-best ensure in a East, since a fans and players voted him first.

    Davis, who sat out his usually other All-Star starting curtsy in 2015, voiced fad about starting an All-Star Game on his home court.

    “It’s going to feel amazing,” he pronounced during TNT’s broadcast. “[I] get to be an envoy for a city. Hopefully we can play and don’t get harm before a All-Star Game and go out there and put on a uncover for a city and paint a city of New Orleans.”

    Leonard, who done his All-Star entrance final season, was named an All-Star starter for a second true season. A sixth-year veteran, he is a reigning two-time Defensive Player of a Year.

    “It usually shows his consistency, how good he’s played a final few years,” Spurs manager Gregg Popovich said. “And he’s insincere that status. And as we said, he welcomes it, and he thrives in it. He positively deserves it.”

    The East and West All-Star pot will be announced subsequent Thursday. They are selected by NBA conduct coaches.

    This year’s All-Star Game will take place during a Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Feb. 19.

    ESPN’s Chris Forsberg, Jeff Goodman, Chris Haynes, Dave McMenamin, Ramona Shelburne, Marc Spears, Justin Verrier, Calvin Watkins and Michael C. Wright and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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