The first returns of the 2020-21 All-Star fan voting are in and the New Orleans Pelicans are represented well. Both Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram reside among the top 10 of frontcourt players in the Western Conference.
Williamson sits sixth on the list, with 411,668 votes, and Ingram, ninth, with 230,387 votes.
Voting will continue every day up through Tuesday Feb. 16th at 11:59 p.m. ET., so it’s important Pels’ fans keep doing their part as their selections count for 50 percent of the overall vote.
Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each. Players and media will be able to complete one ballot, featuring three frontcourt players and two guards from both the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.
After all votes are tallied, players will be ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups – fan votes, player votes and media votes. Each player’s score will be calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes. The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference will be named NBA All-Star starters. Fan voting will serve as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.
Fan voting updates will be shared on Thursday, Feb. 4 and Thursday, Feb. 11. TNT will reveal this season’s NBA All-Star starters the evening of Thursday, Feb. 18 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax. TNT will also announce the NBA All-Star reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 23.
For further details, please give the NBA’s official release a read.
This is the first time two Pelicans have appeared in the top 10 of any voting return since Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins accomplished the feat during the 2017-18 season. Both players wound up getting selected as starters, but due to Boogie’s Achilles injury, he was unable to compete.
In other news, the NBA and the NBPA have agreed to hold the All-Star game on March 7th in Atlanta, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.