Walker 3rd in Second Return for Eastern Conference Guards


January 10, 2019 – The National Basketball Association announced today that two-time NBA All-Star Kemba Walker ranks third among all Eastern Conference guards in the league’s second returns of fan voting for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, which will take place in Charlotte on Feb. 17, 2019.

Walker has received 858,798 fan votes in support of earning a third consecutive All-Star appearance, trailing only the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (2,381,901) and the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (1,199,789). The Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (695,032) is fourth.

In 2018-19, Walker has appeared in 40 games for the Hornets and is averaging a career-high 25.1 points and a career-high 3.2 three-point field goals to go along with 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Walker recorded the highest single-game scoring performance in the NBA this season with a 60-point outing against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 17, 2019. His 25.1 points per game is the highest among Eastern Conference guards and his 8.3 points per game in the fourth quarter is tied for the league lead.

Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with every voter completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format: The two team captains will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference. Details about the NBA All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date.

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Thursday, Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

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.

NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google runs from Dec. 25 – Jan. 21. One remaining fan voting update will be shared on Thursday, Jan. 17.

During the voting period, five “2-for-1 Days” allow fans to have their votes count twice. The remaining 2-for-1 Days, which are designated 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. ET, take place today, tomorrow and Jan. 21 through all voting platforms.

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