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All-Star voting latest: Embiid, Maxey hold steady, ranking 2nd in frontcourt, 5th for guards, respectively

Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey didn’t lose much ground in the latest Eastern Conference fan All-Star voting update release by the NBA.

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When last we checked in on the All-Star fan vote returns just over a week ago, Joel Embiid had the third-most votes overall, trailing only Giannis Antetokounmpo (1st) and LeBron James (2nd).

He maintained an edge over superstars like Kevin Durant and Nikola Jokic, your current front-runner for 2024 regular-season MVP:

As you can see above, that same week, Tyrese Maxey ranked fifth for guards in the East, and 17th overall, league-wide.

This week, despite the Sixers' recent skid — precipitated by some injuries and load management bungling — not a ton has changed with the latest round of votes to come in.

Despite Joel Embiid recently missing significant time (first a four-game absence he’d need to rehab from the sprained ankle he sustained vs. Toronto, and now a knee injury of unknown severity) and despite the team’s having dropped four of their last five, the Sixers star duo holds steady in the race:

Almost remarkably, Embiid still maintains an edge over Nikola Jokic, trailing only Giannis and LeBron in this latest update. He still ranks second overall for East frontcourt players.

Tyrese Maxey still has the fifth-highest vote total among Eastern Conference guards. He’d need to surpass several superstar names with higher counts in front of him now to crack a starting spot.

Maxey, who had hit a little bit of a slump, before a massive game in an OT loss to Trae Young’s Hawks, ranks 18th overall, league-wide. Not shabby, huh? Our Erin Grugan nabbed ‘Rese 54th overall in our LB preseason top 100 player draft. What a steal for EG, as Maxey continues to blow even his most devoted fans away:

Remember, these fan votes will account for 50 percent of the vote to decide All-Star starters, with NBA players and a media panel accounting for 25 percent of the vote each.

There is still time to cast your votes and help Tyrese earn a spot. Here’s the link. Vote and then vote again. And again... and again... and again... and then make your friends... then your family... then your dogs and cats... there are no rules I’ve spotted that forbid pets from voting so long as they can fill out the form.

Assuming Embiid can keep appearing in games (whether or not that would be wise on a bad knee is another matter), he seems like a mortal lock to represent the East as the starting center.

But if Tyrese cannot leapfrog a few names (any three of the following: Tyrese Haliburton, Trae Young, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell), he’ll still get a shot at a reserve guard spot.

The league’s 30 head coaches select the 14 reserves, “voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences,” per NBA.com.

As Kate Scott might say, Maxey brilliance, submitted humbly for your All-Star consideration:

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