Dwyane Wade's last dance with the NBA looks set to include a final All-Star appearance.
The Three-time champion, playing out his 16th and final season in the league, is hoping to have a memorable swansong. And, by the looks of things, he's poised to be an All-Star starter next month.
Wade was second in the guard section in the Eastern Conference, behind Boston star Kyrie Irving, when the NBA released their first set of tallies earlier this month. And he's keeping up the pace, having maintained his rank as the second-most voted in guard from the East with 1,199,789 votes in the latest update from the league.
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The former Marquette star spent all but a year-and-a-half of his career with the Miami Heat, who drafted him in 2003, winning them three titles and cementing his legacy as the best player to ever put on a Heat jersey - which is really saying something as they've had LeBron James under their employ in the past.
James is the overall leader where votes are concerned, having garnered 2,779,812 votes as of Thursday's count. The 15-time All-Star is followed by Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic, who has attracted 2,220,077.
Steph Curry leads all guards in the West with 2,094,158 votes while a resurgent Derrick Rose has forced himself into the reckoning, claiming 1,986,840 votes to trail Curry in second place and stay ahead of the reigning MVP in James Harden, who is at 1,674,660.
Heading back to the East, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo leads frontcourt votes with 2,670,816 and is followed by Raptors main man Kawhi Leonard, who has been selected 2,092,806 times.
Irving's 2,381,901 leaves him the top pick for the guard section, as mentioned above. And Charlotte Hornets scoring machine Kemba Walker comes in at third with 858,798, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons (695,032) and the Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo (567,893).
What This Means
Wade, a 12-time All-Star, will likely be involved in his 13th come next month. And he isn't being done a favor either; he deserves it - not just for how he's helped the Heat this season but for what he's done over the course of his entire career.
Wade is coming off the bench for Miami this season and is averaging 14.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, decent numbers for a 36-year-old vet who's been through injury hell.
He's very unlikely to go out with a fourth ring. But All-Star and playoff appearances shouldn't be out of the question.