Carmelo Anthony over Pau Gasol the closest vote for starting in NBA All-Star history

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Plenty of people were amused by Zaza Pachulia nearly starting the All-Star game.

The Mavericks center fell just 14,227 votes shy of Kawhi Leonard for the final Western Conference frontcourt starting spot. That’s a close call, especially for a journeyman mid-level starter like Pachulia. But that’s still a decent margin in the grand scheme.

Carmelo Anthony, on the other hand, claimed the last starting  spot among Eastern Conference frontcourt players over Pau Gasol by only 360 votes.


That’s nothing. It’s one tweet by anyone somewhat prominent with the subsequent retweets. It’s one group of friends voting across the various mediums each day in a week.

It’s also – by far – the closest margin for starting in the history of NBA All-Star fan voting.

The next closest, A.C. Green over Karl Malone for Western Conference forward in 1990, had more than more than triple the margin.

Here are the 10 closest calls for starting the All-Star game:


Race Players Voting difference
2015 East Frontcourt Carmelo Anthony over Pau Gasol 360
1990 West Forward A.C. Green over Karl Malone 1,226
1984 West Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar over Ralph Sampson 1,817
1990 West Forward A.C. Green over Xavier McDaniel 2,029
1990 West Guard John Stockton over Derek Harper 2,562
2007 East Guard Gilbert Arenas over Vince Carter 3,010
1981 West Forward Walter Davis over Alex English 3,013
1975 East Guard Earl Monroe over Jo Jo White 3,291
1990 West Guard John Stockton over Clyde Drexler 3,766
1977 West Guard Norm Van Lier over Slick Watts 4,200