2012 was the last time that no Golden State Warriors were in the All-Star Game.
How long ago was that? Well, starting at center for the Western Conference was Andrew Bynum. Andre Iguodala led an Eastern Conference bench that included Deron Williams, Roy Hibbert, and Luol Deng. Kevin Durant - only halfway through his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder organization - was the game’s MVP.
In the seven All-Star Games since 2012, the Warriors have had a whopping 18 All-Star selections, starting with David Lee in 2013, and peaking with the quartet of Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green in both 2017 and 2018.
That will end this year, as the 12 representatives from the West will almost positively be players on different teams.
But that’s only because the fans don’t have much of a say in it. If it were up to the fans, the Warriors would be represented, albeit by someone who probably won’t be able to suit up for the game.
In the most recent 2020 All-Star Game fan voting returns, injured superstar Steph Curry is sixth among Western Conference guards, and eleventh total in the West. That speaks volumes to the popularity of Curry, given that he’s only played four games this year.
D’Angelo Russell - who was named an All-Star injury replacement last year - is ninth among Western Conference guards. His injuries, which have cost him 18 games, all but ruined any chances he had of earning a second selection.
Fan voting only counts for the starting lineups, and even then it’s only 50% of the vote, with the media and the players splitting the other 50%. Coaches vote for the seven reserves on each team.
If you can’t see the tweet, here are are the leading vote-getters as of January 16.
Western Conference Backcourt
1. Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
2. James Harden (Houston Rockets)
3. Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
4. Alex Caruso (Los Angeles Lakers)
5. Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets)
6. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
7. Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
8. Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
9. D’Angelo Russell (Golden State Warriors)
10. Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies)
Western Conference Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
2. Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)
3. Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)
4. Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers)
5. Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
6. Carmelo Anthony (Portland Trail Blazers)
7. Kristaps Porzingis (Dallas Mavericks)
8. Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
9. Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans)
10. Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers)
Eastern Conference Backcourt
1. Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)
2. Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets)
3. Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics)
4. Derrick Rose (Detroit Pistons)
5. Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
6. Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)
7. Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)
8. Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
9. Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
10. Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors)
Eastern Conference Frontcourt
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
2. Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors)
3. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
4. Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat)
5. Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
6. Tacko Fall (Boston Celtics)
7. Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)
8. Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics)
9. Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers)
10. Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
The 2020 All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, February 16, in Chicago.