On – 11 Jan, 2018 By DavidMacKay
The second round of fan voting returns are in for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game and Damian Lillard has lost ground to Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball. One week ago, Lillard had the seventh-most votes among Western Conference guards (148,622) while Ball had the eighth-most (120,817). Today, Lillard trails Ball by almost 30,000 votes.
The Second #NBAAllStar Voting Returns for Western Conference players!
— 2018 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) January 11, 2018
Ball, drafted No. 2 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft has improved his play since entering the league, but still struggles to shoot (FG%: 34.9) while his team struggles to win (13-27). Lillard, on the other hand, is once again among the league’s top-10 scorers as the Portland Trail Blazers occupy the middle of the Western Conference playoff pack.
As always, the fan vote has little to do with performance. Comparing statistics, record, accolades, etc, is a moot point. Ball was always going to get more votes than he should and Lillard was always going to get fewer votes than he should, based on market. That’s how it works.
Fortunately, how it works overall has seen reform in the last year, with the fan vote no longer the only determinate of All-Star starters. Player votes and media votes count for 25 percent of the voting apiece, which may reshuffle the order of things a bit. That said, neither Lillard nor Ball is in real danger of being named to the starting lineup anyway.
If you would like to prove that sentiment wrong or simply show your support, you can vote using the following methods, outlined on NBA.com:
How Fans Can Vote:
NBA.com voting page at NBA.com/vote: Fill out one full ballot per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) on NBA.com/vote from a desktop or mobile browser. Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters. During the five “2-for-1 Days,” (Dec. 31, Jan. 4, Jan 11, Jan. 12 and Jan 15) votes through this channel will be counted twice.
NBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which is available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day and select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters. During the five “2-for-1 Days,” votes through this channel will be counted twice.
Facebook: Post the player’s first and last name along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE on your personal Facebook account. Each post may include only one player’s name. Fans may post votes for 10 unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 15.
Twitter: Tweet, retweet or reply with an NBA player’s first and last name or Twitter handle, along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE. Each tweet may include only one player’s name or handle. Fans may vote for 10 unique players per day from Dec. 25- Jan. 15.
Google Search: Search “NBA Vote All-Star” or “NBA Vote Team Name” and use respective voting cards to select teams and then players. Fans may submit votes for 10 unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 15.
Amazon Alexa: To vote via Amazon Alexa, the user must have an Alexa-enabled device, and enable the “NBA All-Star” skill. To submit a vote, the user can open the skill with, “Alexa, open NBA All-Star,” and then request to vote for his or her player of choice. Voters can submit a maximum of one player name per request to Alexa. Users can submit votes for 10 unique players per Amazon account each day from Dec. 25 – Jan 15.
Sina Weibo and Tencent: To vote on Sina Weibo (weibo.com), the user must have a Sina Weibo account. To vote on Sina Weibo, voters must visit China.NBA.com/vote, and select up to 10 players. To vote on Tencent NBA Community, the user must have a QQ account. To vote via Tencent NBA Community, voters must visit China.NBA.com/vote, and select up to 10 players.