Voting for the 2019 NBA All-Star game will begin on Tuesday, December 25 at 11 am ET, just before the series of 5 Christmas Day games begin. Voting will last 28 days and end on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:59 pm ET.
Fan voting updates will be shared on Jan. 3, Jan. 10, and Jan. 17. Starters will be announced on January 24, with reserves being announced on January 31.
Five “2-for-1 Days” will allow fans to have their votes count twice on Jan. 3, Jan. 4, Jan. 10, Jan. 11 and Jan. 21 through all voting platforms.
Throughout the voting period, fans may submit one full ballot each day through the NBA App and NBA.com, as well as on Google and through the Google Assistant.
How to vote:
- NBA.com voting page at NBA.com/vote: Fill out one full ballot per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) on NBA.com/vote from a desktop or mobile browser. Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.
- NBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which is available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day and select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.
- Google: Vote on Google.com or the Google Search App by searching “NBA Vote,” “NBA All-Star Vote,” or simply by searching for your favorite player or team. Fans may submit votes for 10 unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 21.
- The Google Assistant: NBA All-Star Voting will be available on the Google Assistant for the first time. Vote via any Google Assistant enabled device by saying, “Google, talk to NBA All-Star.” Fans may submit votes for up to 10 unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 21. The Google Assistant is available on laptops, phones, speakers, tablets and other connected devices.
All-Star Voting is a big deal for Mavericks fans and Luka Doncic fans who want to see Luka Doncic be the first ever NBA teenage rookie All-Star. Luka would join Kobe Bryant as being the only other teenage All-Star selection after Kobe was chosen by the fans to start the 1998 game in his sophomore season.
In the past few weeks we have been tracking Luka Doncic’s chances of being the first rookie teenager to play in an NBA All-Star game. He certianly has All-Star moments and has been the best player on the Dallas Mavericks all season, but to get a better idea of who he will be competing against for a Western Conference frontcourt spot, check out our previous articles:
12/10/2018 – Luka for All-Star: #LukaAllStar2019
11/23/2018 – Can Luka Be A Rookie All-Star Selection?
Voting For Starters
3 frontcourt players and 2 guards are chosen to be starters. The new system, put in place in 2017, is a combination of fan voting, player voting, and media voting. The 3 lowest frontcourt scores and the 2 lowest guard scores are chosen, weighted as follows:
- 50% Fan Vote – Luka should excel here and it is the largest portion of the equation. Fand vote is also the tiebreaker should it come to that.
- 25% Players Vote – I don’t think NBA Veterans will want a 19 year old teenager to be an All-Star so I don’t see a lot of love coming here. Players may vote for their teammates or themselves, I am guessing that’s how Wes Matthews got his 1 All-Star player vote last year. JJ Barea received 3 player votes last year, Dirk received 7, and Harrison Barnes received 2. Kind of messed up, there are at least 12 players on the Mavericks roster, how is Barnes only getting 2 player votes?
- 25% Media Vote – I thought this may hold him back at first but it is really hard to tell. The media is loving the Luka hype train, I just hope they love it enough to ride it all the way to All-Star weekend.
Along with voting for Luka, we need to be aware that votes for other big names in the West can potentially hinder Luka’s chance of being voted in. For this reason I urge all Luka Lovers to refrain from voting for LeBron, Durant, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Tobias Harris, really any one else who has a shot to be an All-Star in the Western Conference frontcourt section. To make it easy feel free to simply vote for all the Mavericks, I know I will.
Choosing Reserves: This is done by a vote among the head coaches from each team’s respective conference. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players. If a selected player is injured and cannot participate, the NBA commissioner selects a replacement. Last year there were 6 guards and 6 frontcourt players chosen from each conference to make up each 12 person team. Last year there were 3 players injured, requiring replacement, making the actual number of players chosen as All-Stars 27.
Choosing Teams: The vote leaders for each conferences are assigned as captains and can choose from the pool of All-Star selections to form their teams. Last year, much to the dismay of NBA fans, the All-Star draft between LeBron James and Steph Curry was done in secret and the order of the selections was not released. This year the NBA has announced that it will be televising the All-Star draft for the world to see. How great would it be if 19 year old Luka Doncic was there choosing which veteran All-Star he wants to join his team. Count me in on that!
The newly formed teams will also play for a charity of choice to help the games remain competitive. It will be the 68th NBA All-Star Game will be played in Charlotte, N.C., at Spectrum Center on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET