4 Jan 2019

Adams looking good for first All-Star appearance

1:09 pm on 4 January 2019

New Zealand basketballer Steven Adams is in the thick of the voting for this year's NBA All-Star match in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Steven Adams.

Steven Adams is in his fifth NBA season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Adams is currently the sixth-most voted for player in the Western Conference front-court standings behind LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder teammate - Paul George.

The top five most voted for players from the NBA's Western and Eastern Conference will start in the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte on 18 February.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo: Photosport

For the starting five of each team, fans get 50 percent of the vote while media and the players get 25 percent each. NBA coaches then decide who will make up the bench.

LeBron James has received the most votes so far, reaching over one million, while Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks leads the votes in the Eastern conference with just under one million.

James is in his 16th season in the NBA, his first with the Los Angeles Lakers, though he's currently injured with a groin strain.

Adams meanwhile has never been selected for the NBA All-Star match, though is having one of his best seasons in the NBA since joining the league in 2013.

The Oklahoma City Thunder centre is averaging 15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 blocks a game this season.

The Thunder are currently third on the Western Conference ladder with 24 wins and 13 losses, just one win behind the last year's champions - the Golden State Warriors.

Voting for the All-Star game runs from Christmas Day until 17 January.

NBA All-Star voting

Eastern Conference


1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), 991,561 votes

2. Kawhi Leonard (TOR), 774,172 votes

3. Joel Embiid (PHI), 648,002 votes

4. Jimmy Butler (PHI), 222,206 votes

5. Jayson Tatum (BOS), 214,622 votes

6. Blake Griffin (DET), 192,694 votes

7. Vince Carter (ATL) , 76,022 votes

8. Andre Drummond (DET), 68,204 votes

9. Gordon Hayward (BOS), 66,492 votes

10. Al Horford (BOS), 62,288 votes


1. Kyrie Irving (BOS), 910,329 votes

2. Dwyane Wade (MIA), 409,156 votes

3. Kemba Walker (CHA), 319,519 votes

4. Ben Simmons (PHI), 259,993 votes

5. Victor Oladipo (IND), 198,009 votes

6. Kyle Lowry (TOR), 180,571 votes

7. Zach LaVine (CHI), 128,605 votes

8. Jeremy Lin (ATL), 62,573 votes

9. Bradley Beal (WAS), 61,269 votes

10. John Wall (WAS), 54,366 votes

Western Conference


1. LeBron James (LAL), 1,083,363 votes

2. Luka Dončić (DAL), 679,839 votes

3. Kevin Durant (GSW), 659,968 votes

4. Anthony Davis (NOP), 605,417 votes

5. Paul George (OKC), 580,055 votes

6. Steven Adams (OKC), 261,327 votes

7. Nikola Jokić (DEN), 235,272 votes

8. Kyle Kuzma (LAL), 195,477 votes

9. Draymond Green (GSW), 138,017 votes

10. DeMarcus Cousins (GSW), 92,977 votes


1. Stephen Curry (GSW), 793,111 votes

2. Derrick Rose (MIN), 698,086 votes

3. James Harden (HOU), 541,606 votes

4. Russell Westbrook (OKC), 459,792 votes

5. Klay Thompson (GSW), 247,618 votes

6. Damian Lillard (POR), 200,609 votes

7. DeMar DeRozan (SAS), 197,524 votes

8. Lonzo Ball (LAL), 175,040 votes

9. Devin Booker (PHO), 111,897 votes

10. Chris Paul (HOU), 101,104 votes