A native of the republic of Georgia, Pachulia has received a push from his fellow countrymen, much like he did last season when he was also a frontrunner in fan voting. With players and media also having a say in selecting All-Star starters for the first time, the Pachulia vote is expected to balance out, clearing the way for Leonard’s consecutive All-Star appearance.
Whether any other Spurs join Leonard in New Orleans will likely be left up to NBA coaches, who decide on reserves for the league’s mid-season classic. LaMarcus Aldridge received 192,784 fan votes ranking him eighth among Western Conference frontcourt players. Two-time All Star, Manu Ginobili, garnered 122,333 votes placing him ninth in the Western Conference Guards category.
Voting for the 66th NBA All-Star Game continues through Monday, with starters announced on Thursday, January 19 via TNT. Next up for the Spurs is a Thursday night showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers. With Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant both retired, the matchup has lost a bit of its luster, although San Antonio’s Jordan Clarkson is no slouch.