There will be no Atlanta Hawks in the starting lineup for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. Fan voting has normally elected the starters for the All-Star game but this year the league elected to make a change adding a player and media element to the process. Fans still accounted for 50 percent of the vote with the players and media accounting for 25 percent each.
The Hawks didn’t fair well in the fan element with Dwight Howard the overall winner garnering just over 151,000 votes. Perhaps the biggest slight here (and more evidence that fans shouldn’t be involved in the process at all) was Paul Millsap’s 39,000 total. Dennis Schröder was the top finisher among guards ranking 20th with over 23,000 votes.
2017 NBA All-Star Fan Voting
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A total of 324 players participated in the All-Star voting. Millsap was Atlanta’s leading vote getter with a tally of 13 which tied him for 12th place in the East frontcourt. Howard finished a bit further back capturing just six votes. Dennis Schröder was the top finisher among guards finishing with three votes. DeAndre Bembry, Taurean Prince, Mike Muscala and Malcolm Delaney all registered one vote each which suggests that at least one Hawks player might not have taken his vote too seriously.
2017 NBA All-Star Player Voting
The media vote was a little more direct as was to be expected. Millsap was the only Hawks player to receive a single vote and one of just 11 Eastern Conference frontcourt players.
2017 NBA All-Star Media Voting
So a few exit questions before we close this. Who did the best job of voting and did you like the format? If the NBA continues to chop up the vote, should they give the media and the players more weight? Let us know in the comments.