Adams pushing NBA All Stars team in vote

Steven Adams
Steven Adams
Kiwi basketball star Steven Adams is in the thick of the voting for this year’s NBA All-Star match in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Adams is at present the sixth-most voted for player in the Western Conference front-court standings behind LeBron James, of the Los Angeles Lakers; Luka Doncic, of the Dallas Mavericks; Kevin Durant, of the Golden State Warriors; and Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Paul George.

The top five most voted for players from the NBA’s Western and Eastern Conference will start in the NBA All-Star game in Charlotte on February 18.

Fans vote for the starting five for each team, while media and the players themselves vote for the remaining bench players. New Zealanders are able to vote online.

LeBron James has received the most votes so far, reaching more than 1 million, while Giannis Antetokounmpo, from the Milwaukee Bucks, leads the votes in the Eastern conference with just under a million.

James is in his 16th season in the NBA and his first with the Los Angeles Lakers, though he is  injured with a groin strain at present.

Adams, meanwhile, has never been selected for the NBA All-Star match, but is having one of his best seasons in the NBA since joining the league in 2013.

The Oklahoma City Thunder centre is averaging 15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 blocks a game this season.

The Thunder is third on the Western Conference ladder with 24 wins and 13 losses, just one win behind the last year’s champions, the Golden State Warriors.

Voting for the All-Star game runs until January 17.

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