Where does Heat stand in early All-Star fan voting? Jimmy Butler only top-10 vote-getter – AOL

The last time a Miami Heat player started in the All-Star Game was Dwyane Wade in 2016 and that probably won’t change this season.
The initial returns of fan balloting for the All-Star Game released Thursday has Jimmy Butler (477,008 votes) fifth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players behind Boston’s Jayson Tatum (2,178,330), Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (2,226,712 votes), Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (2,998,327 votes) and Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant (3,118,545 votes).
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Surprisingly, Heat center Bam Adebayo did not come in among the top 10 vote-getters for East frontcourt players.
Adebayo, 25, is averaging a career-high 21.8 points per game on 54.1 percent shooting from the field, 9.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists while still providing his usual elite defense. The Heat has outscored opponents by 3.6 points per 100 possessions with Adebayo on the court this season, compared to opponents outscoring the Heat by 6.9 points per 100 possessions when Adebayo is not on the court.
Toronto’s Pascal Siakam, Washington’s Kyle Kuzma, Orlando’s Paolo Banchero, Brooklyn’s Nic Claxton and Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen are the other five East frontcourt players in the top 10 ahead of Adebayo.
There are no Heat players among the top 10 vote-getters for East guards. Heat guard Tyler Herro, who is averaging career highs in points (21.1), rebounds (six) and assists (4.5) this season, did not make the cut in the first returns of fan balloting.
The 10 East guards with the most votes are: No. 1 Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving, No. 2 Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell, No. 3 Philadelphia’s James Harden, No. 4 Boston’s Jaylen Brown, No. 5 Atlanta’s Trae Young, No. 6 Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan, No. 7 Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, No. 8 Indiana’s Tyrese Haliburton, No. 9 New York’s Derrick Rose and No. 10 Cleveland’s Darius Garland.
The Heat’s middling 20-19 record this season entering Friday’s matchup against the Suns in Phoenix doesn’t help its players’ All-Star Game cases.
Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the Feb. 19 NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. All current NBA players and a media panel account for 25 percent apiece of the vote, with every voter completing a ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players.
Voting for fans will conclude Jan. 21.
So, how exactly are the five All-Star Game starters from each conference determined?
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 Game starters. Fan voting will serve as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.
If no Heat players make it to this season’s All-Star Game as starters, they will still have an opportunity to get in as reserves. Head coaches will select the seven reserves from each conference.
The two rosters for the All-Star Game will be drafted by two captains, which will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his respective conference. They will choose from the pool of players voted in as starters and reserves regardless of conference affiliation.
Details about the NBA All-Star draft will be announced at a later date. But the All-Star Game starters will be revealed on Jan. 26 on TNT and the network will also announce the reserves on Feb. 2.
Butler was the only player to represent the Heat in last season’s All-Star Game, getting in as an East reserve.
Adebayo reached the 30-point mark in Wednesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers for the third game in a row. It marks the first time in Adebayo’s NBA career that he has scored 30 or more points in three consecutive games.
“Bam is a great player. I’m not taking anything away from that,” a disappointed Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said following Wednesday’s defeat when asked about Adebayo’s accomplishment. “But everything about tonight, yeah it feels disappointing and hollow.”
The Heat ruled out Jamal Cain (G League), Nikola Jovic (lower back stress reaction), Duncan Robinson (finger surgery) and Omer Yurtseven (ankle surgery) for Friday’s game in Phoenix.
Udonis Haslem (Achilles tendinosis) and Caleb Martin (left quadriceps strain) are questionable. Dewayne Dedmon (plantar fasciitis) is probable.


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