AFTER a late push by his Filipino supporters and fans of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jordan Clarkson finished sixth among in Western Conference backourt fan voting for the starters of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
The Filipino-American guard garnered a total of 460,979 votes based on the final returns released by the NBA on Thursday (Friday, Manila time). Only the top two vote-getters made the starting cast of the Western Conference.
After not being in the Top 10 in the fan voting returns released by the NBA last January 11, Clarkson made a late push, thanks in large part to his Filipino supporters and fans of the Purple and Gold who initiated the campaign in social media.
Clarkson was sandwiched between fifth placer Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, who received 735,460 fan votes, and Eric Gordon, who came in seventh with 450,891.
Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets star James Harden were picked to start as the West lead guards based on ballots cast by fans (50 percent), NBA players (25 percent) and the basketball media (25 percent). Curry had 1.8M fan votes while 1.7M votes went to Harden.
Third place went to Russell Westbrook (1.5M fan votes), who incidentally was the lead vote-getter among NBA players and the media but failed to make the starting five. Klay Thompson of the Warriors got the fourth most number of votes from the fans.