All-Star voting is out and Tacko Fall is in the mix

Nick Friar
January 02, 2020 - 2:50 pm
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Even though Jaylen Brown was the latest to be named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Jayson Tatum has a huge advantage over his teammate in the NBA All-Star voting. It starts with the simple fact that fans can vote for two guards and three forwards, and Brown is listed as a guard while Tatum is a forward.

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The results from the first round of fan voting were released on Thursday, and it looks like Brown has a challenging road ahead of him. He came in at No. 7 among Eastern Conference guards.

Fellow Celtics guard Kemba Walker is a few slots ahead of Brown at No. 3, but all Eastern Conference guards are led by Trae Young, with ex-Celtics guard Kyrie Irving currently in second.

But Walker isn’t far behind Irving in votes received. As of Thursday, Walker only trails by 450 votes.

Tatum ranks fifth among Eastern Conference forwards, with Gordon Hayward only a few slots behind at No. 8. Though, Tatum and the four forwards ahead of him — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam and Jimmy Butler — each have over 360,000 votes, while Hayward received just over 75,000.

Butler is right ahead of Tatum at No. 4. The Miami forward leads Tatum by just over 64,000 votes. Siakam, meanwhile, is at No. 3, and he leads Butler by over 100,000 votes.

And there’s one last Celtics player who cracked one of the top-10 lists.

Right behind Tatum — and two slots ahead of Hayward — at No. 6 among all Eastern Conference forwards is none other than Tacko Fall.

The Celtics two-way big man has received 110,269 votes from fans.

It’s early, but this first round of voting is a good sign for Walker, Brown and Tatum. They have strong chances of being named reserves, at least.

When it comes to the reserves, each NBA head coach gets to vote. Seven reserves will be selected from each conference (14 total) — two guards, three forwards and two “wild cards.”

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