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Wolves’ Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns Rank Top-10 in All-Star Fan Voting

Edwards ranks sixth among Western Conference back-court players, while Towns ranks 10th in the front-court in the NBA’s first returns of the fan voting.

Indiana Pacers v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves are likely to be well-represented at the 2024 NBA All-Star Game in Indianapolis next month.

The NBA on Thursday morning released the first returns of the fan voting for the All-Star Game, which saw the Wolves’ two stars each place in the top-10 of their respective position groups.

Star guard Anthony Edwards ranked sixth in among Western Conference guards with 289,744 votes, while three-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns snuck into the top-10 at the No. 10 spot among front-court players with 139,642 votes.

Fan voting accounts for 50% of the total vote for All-Star starters, while panels from the players (25%) and media (25%) fill the final 50%. So, Edwards would need to crack the top-two in the guard vote to gain an automatic entry to the game (unlikely) and Towns would need to enter the top-three in frontcourt voting (also unlikely). But it is nice to know that the two stars are receiving support from fans near and far for what they’ve done to help the Wolves get off to their best start in franchise history and change the culture in Minnesota.

Keep in mind that All-Star reserves are voted on by the 30 NBA coaches, so there is a good chance that Edwards and potentially one of Towns or Rudy Gobert earn the All-Star nod, especially if the Timberwolves are able to remain atop the West.

If they do so, Wolves Head Coach Chris Finch would coach the Western Conference team, as Minnesota still owns the top record in the conference at 24-9 (despite enduring their first two-game losing streak of the season), and the coaches of the top team in each conference man the sidelines in the All-Star Game.

If voting ended today, the following players would join Finch in Indy, but as All-Star Game starters:

East

  • Guard — Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers)
  • Guard — Damian Lillard (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Frontcourt — Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
  • Frontcourt — Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Frontcourt — Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)

West

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The next fan returns will be released next Thursday, January 11, with the final wave results coming the following Thursday, January 18. All-Star starters will be announced on NBA on TNT’s pregame show on Thursday, January 25, with the reserves coming out on Thursday, February 1.

Fans can watch the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 18 at 7:30 PM CT on TNT.