Warriors center Zaza Pachulia is second in Western Conference All-Star voting

Pachulia's 5.2 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game numbers are far off from the statistics some of his fellow vote recipients have been receiving but fans have him among the Top 10 of all players in votes.

Pachulia, already with 439,675 votes to his name, leads the likes of two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard and three-time All-Star Anthony Davis, not to mention outspoken teammate Draymond Green.

Will this cause another All-Star Voting rule change? That bodes well for players like Thomas who know that being selected as a starter wasn't going to happen if the voting were still left exclusively up to the fans. You can expect stars such as Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and more. Several news sites explain the phenomenon, some attributing it to the fact that his native country of Georgia has been crowdfunding polling efforts.

Fans make up 50 percent of the vote while current players and the media panel have the same amount of the remaining sway. Klay Thompson is fourth in the backcourt, ahead of Chris Paul and Damian Lillard. All-Star reserve players, selected by National Basketball Association coaches, will be announced on January 26. If Pachulia is somehow allowed to stay in, then 60 percent of the starters would come from two teams. Each player's score will be calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes.

The full NBA All-Star Game collection features track jackets, T-shirts in adult and youth sizes, and headwear, scheduled to launch later this month at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue and online.

  • Stacy Allen