For the most part, the ten starters reflected what the fans wanted to see, but of course, there were some exceptions when looking at the full breakdown.
In the West, James was joined by Anthony Davis, Clippers star Kawhi Leonard, Dallas’ Luka Doncic, and Houston’s James Harden.
In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo was selected along with Toronto’s Pascal Siakam, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Atlanta’s Trae Young, and Boston’s Kemba Walker.
Australian Ben Simmons was the clear third choice in the Eastern Conference backcourt for the media, who had 25 per cent of the say, as he finished with 30 total votes, compared to Kemba Walker’s 92 and Trae Young’s 47. The Next best was Kyle Lorwy with 16.
Meanwhile, in the player voting, which also counted for 25 per cent, he only finished behind Kemba Walker, Trae Young, and Bradley Beal. The fan voting (responsible for 50 per cent), where Simmons finished eighth, was the killer.
It meant Simmons’ weighted score put him seventh overall among East guards, behind Trae Young, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, Kyle Lowry, and Zach LaVine.
Jimmy Butler, leading the way for the No. 2 seed Miami Heat, was a notable omission among East starters after finishing sixth in player voting. He was listed as a frontcourt player, despite effectively playing as a point guard for large chunks of the season.
He was third in media voting, and fourth in fan voting.
Butler finished behind Jayson Tatum and teammate Bam Adebayo in player voting.
Tatum’s Boston teammate, Tacko Fall, who is essentially loved for being tall — 7’6” to be exact — finished sixth in fan voting, but never stood a chance of earning a starting role after receiving zero media votes, but still somehow seven player votes.
In the Eastern Conference frontcourt, only six players received votes from the media: Antetokounmpo (100), Joel Embiid (81), Butler (66), Pascal Siakam (50), Adebayo (2), and Domantas Sabonis (1).
In the Western Conference, things were a tad more clear-cut.
Damian Lillard was the only backcourt player other than Luka Doncic and James Harden to receive a media vote, and he only had one.
Doncic and Harden finished at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in fan, player, and media voting.
Los Angeles Lakers cult hero, Alex Caruso, finished fourth in fan voting, but received zero player or media votes.
The West frontcourt was relatively straightforward too, with Nikola Jokic and Paul George the closest of the chasing pack.
FULL VOTING BREAKDOWN
WESTERN CONFERENCE FRONTCOURT
WESTERN CONFERENCE BACKCOURT
EASTERN CONFERENCE FRONTCOURT
EASTERN CONFERENCE BACKCOURT