INDIANAPOLIS – John Wall’s chances of starting his second straight all-star game are slipping rapidly. The Washington Wizards point guard remained fifth among Eastern Conference guards with 281,936 votes in the NBA’s third fan voting returns released Thursday. Voting for the exhibition in Toronto on Feb. 14 ends Monday.
Wall, a two-time all-star, lost significant ground on a starting spot from the second returns. He is now 117,821 votes behind Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who continued holding the second starting backcourt position. Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade leads all East guards with 736,731 votes.
Wall is first among Eastern Conference guards in assists per game (9.6) and double-doubles (21), second in steals per game (2.08), and fifth in points per game (19.6). He was named the conference’s player of the month for December after leading the severely undermanned Wizards to an 8-8 record.
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is third in the voting (367,472), Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler is fourth (356,561), and Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan is sixth (262,683).
Center Marcin Gortat is the only other Wizard among the top vote-getters and is 12th among front-court players with 34,747 votes.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, playing his 20th and final NBA season, leads all players in votes with 1,533,432.