Fan Fitness

Goodbye To The Pigskin, Hello Basketball

As many football fanatics are either drying the runny tears falling from their team’s defeat or coming down from the greatest feeling of watching your very own team take victory, everything good has to come to an end. Although in the sports world, when one ends, the next begins. As one of the world’s top sports events closed late last night, the real start to the NBA season can commence. The first top event to look forward to will be the NBA All-Star game which the NBA has revamped to bring more engagement from we the fans and they may have hit it on the head this year. In years past in tradition, fans would be able to vote in who would they like to see play in the All-Star game. Which was nothing but the most popular players from each conference, that got old quick. Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, introduced a new twist to the All-Star voting by naming the top player with the most votes as team captain.

According to the,

Under a new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, the team rosters will be chosen by two captains from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.  The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Thursday, Jan. 18 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader at 6 p.m. ET, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.  The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Tuesday, Jan. 23 during TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET.  The team rosters will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 25 during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET

With replacing the normal format, this new generation league is a mix of friends and foes in both conferences which plays right into this new format of the All-Star game. The top vote getters of each conference will be able to select the players on their team from the pool of voted All-Stars.

The latest poll of votes for the 2018 NBA All-Star game:


Eastern Conference


1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 863,416
2. LeBron James (CLE) 856,080
3. Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
4. Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 359,459
5. Kevin Love (CLE) 221,969
6. Al Horford (BOS) 120,016
7. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 98,586
8. Andre Drummond (DET) 85,374
9. Enes Kanter (NYK) 83,102
10. Dwight Howard (CHA) 57,730


1. Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
2. DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 259,368
3. Victor Oladipo (IND) 251,886
4. Ben Simmons (PHI) 210,085
5. John Wall (WAS) 175,990
6. Dwyane Wade (CLE) 165,163
7. Isaiah Thomas (CLE) 87,680
8. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 85,070
9.  Bradley Beal (WAS) 71,079
10. Jaylen Brown (BOS) 51,562

Western Conference


1. Kevin Durant (GSW) 767,402
2. Anthony Davis (NOP) 393,000
3. DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) 356,340
4. Draymond Green (GSW) 325,612
5. Paul George (OKC) 291,495
6. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
7. Carmelo Anthony (OKC) 194,239
8. Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 188,240
9. Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 184,338
10. LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS) 153,599


1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 735,115
2. James Harden (HOU) 602,040
3. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 438,469
4. Klay Thompson (GSW) 359,442
5. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
6. Chris Paul (HOU) 174,343
7. Damian Lillard (POR) 148,622
8. Lonzo Ball (LAL) 120,817
9. Devin Booker (PHO) 91,562
10. Jimmy Butler (MIN) 88,009

How Fans Can Vote:

  • voting page at Fill out one full ballot per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) on 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. The next fan update will be released on Thursday, Jan. 11.

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