As expected, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall won’t start in the NBA’s upcoming all-star game in Toronto on Feb. 14. Wall, who started in last year’s exhibition, was outside the top two in the Eastern Conference backcourt in each return the NBA announced over the course of the fan voting and finished sixth with (368,686) votes.
The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (941,466) and the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (646,441) comprise the East’s starting backcourt. Lowry, who will start in his home city, passed Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (580,651) late in the voting. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (1,089,206), Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (711,595), and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (567,348) round out the Eastern Conference starting lineup.
Wall finished behind Wade, Lowry, Irving, Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler, and Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan. He was ahead of DeRozan in every announced update.
Wall has played at an elite level after a forgettable November. The 25-year-old is averaging a career-high 20.1 points, 9.7 assists (second in the NBA), 4.3 rebounds, and a career-high 2.2 steals per game this season. A two-time all-star, Wall has appeared in all 41 Wizards games despite a flurry of nagging injuries, was named Eastern Conference player of the month for December and earned Eastern Conference player of the week earlier this month.
Center Marcin Gortat was the only other Wizard to appear in the top 15 in backcourt or frontcourt balloting. He finished 14th with 43,496 votes.
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers led all players with 1,891,614 votes and will start alongside Kevin Durant (980,787), Kawhi Leonard (782,339), Stephen Curry (1,604,325), and Russell Westbrook (772,009).
The seven reserves for each team will be announced Tuesday.