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NBA All-Star returns: Irving, Tatum, Horford, and Brown among east’s top-20 vote-getters

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The first returns from NBA All-Star voting is here and four Celtics are among the top-20 eastern conference vote-getters

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The NBA released the first returns for NBA All-Star game voting on Thursday more than a month away from the midseason festivities.

Four members of the Boston Celtics are among the eastern conference’s top-20 vote-getters in Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum. Irving has the most votes for any guard in the conference by a wide margin, so it’s probably safe to say that he’ll be a starter in this year’s All-Star game.

The NBA changed the format to the All Star game this October, eliminating the East vs West matchup that we have grown accustomed to. The top two vote-getters from each conference will serve as captains of each side, and will pick their teams like a pick up game. As of now, the two captains would be Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Also, how about Tatum and Brown getting as many votes as they have. The youth movement just keeps getting better for the Celtics.

It’s important to remember that fan votes to not determine the rosters entirely anymore. The rules were changed last year, and are still in effect even though the format is different.

The five starters for each side are selected by a percentage of fan votes(50%), current players(25%), and basketball media(25%). The remaining 14 players total will be determined by the NBA’s head coaches.

Make sure to participate in the voting to make sure the players you want to see end up in the game. There are no limits to the amount of times you can vote. Irving isn’t that far behind Antetokoumnpo and LeBron James, and it’d be pretty cool to see him as a captain.

The All Star game is scheduled for February 18th in Los Angeles.