NBA All-Star Voting: Second Returns Released

NBA’s all-star fan voting returns solid numbers for Joel Embiid Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler

Kevin Durant not among Western Conference starters in fan voting for NBA All-Star Game

Fan votes are worth only 50 per cent in determining the all-star game's starters, with the other half coming down to a combination of player and media vote. LeBron still leads all vote-getters with almost 2.8 million votes, while the Greek Freak leads the Eastern Conference with 2.67 million, slightly ahead of Kyrie Irving.

The second round of voting returns for the 2019 NBA All-Star game in Charlotte were released on Thursday and there wasn't a ton of movement for Lonzo Ball and the rest of his Los Angeles Lakers teammates.

Harden's problem for captaincy is that he's now seventh in fan voting, trailing the likes of Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Steph Curry, and Luka Doncic.

Westbrook remains in fourth place among Western Conference guards, but has expanded his lead on Golden State's Klay Thompson from just more than 200,000 votes to more than 700,000.

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Joining Antetokounmpo atop the Eastern Conference vote are Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving. Current NBA players and a panel of basketball media each account for 25% of the remaining vote.

The game will follow last year's format, with the two team captains drafting rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves and making their picks regardless of conference affiliation. Every voter will complete one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.

National Basketball Association players and media member votes account for 25 per cent each. A third report on all-star balloting will come out on January 17 before the final votes are then revealed for the 10 starters on January 24.

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