Because the fan vote is diluted, it's fairly unlikely that we will see players like Manu Ginobili (fifth among Western Conference guards in the fan vote), Lonzo Ball (eighth among West guards), Kyle Kuzma (ninth among the West frontcourt), or Enes Kanter (ninth among the East frontcourt). Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is more than seven-thousand votes ahead of Cavaliers star LeBron James with over 863-thousand.
James is second in voting with 856,080 and his former Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving is now in third place with 802,834 votes and leads all guards in the league. The captains will first choose from the pool of starters, which are selected by a combination of fan balloting, player votes and media selections. Still, this shows which players have the most passionate fans - or, at least, who has led the best social media campaigns.
They are two players who can do seemingly everything on the court, but three-point shooting may be an area of weakness. Behind Antetokounmpo and James are two more of the post-post-James generation-the 76ers' charismatic center Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks. Boston's Kyrie Irving leads the guards with 802,834 votes, followed by Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (259,368) and Indiana's Victor Oladipo (251,886).
But Simmons' sister Olivia took to Twitter on Wednesday in an effort to boost his chances of becoming the first Australian-raised National Basketball Association player to make an all-star game.
Klay Thompson and Draymond Green received 359,442 and 325,612 votes respectively.
The starters, including the two captains, will be announced January 18 on TNT.