Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

LeBron James, Stephen Curry lead NBA All-Star voting in second fan returns

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  Anthony Davis remains second De Marcus Cousins now fourth in All Star voting Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images Anthony Davis remains second De Marcus Cousins now fourth in All Star voting
Kristopher Love | 12 January, 2018, 16:41

The second returns are in for NBA All-Star voting and Russell Westbrook continues to trail James Harden and Stephen Curry among Western Conference guards, meaning the reigning MVP will likely be coming off the bench in the 2018 All-Star Game next month.

In the Eastern Conference, specifically, it's essentially yearly battle to see who gets to take on - or, more precisely, lose - to LeBron James in the playoffs.

In the Western Conference, Curry takes the top spot among all guards with 1,369,658 votes.

Among the frontcourt players, Durant leads with 1,326,759 votes, while New Orleans Pelicans big Anthony Davis comes in second with 664,687.

Voting began in December, and according to the official rules, the starters will be determined by the fans (50%), players (25%) and media (25%) vote. Other notable movers were Draymond Green, who passed DeMarcus Cousins and now stands with the third and final starting spot; rookie Kyle Kuzma, who passed former Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns; Lonzo Ball, another Lakers rookie, passed Damian Lillard for the 7th spot; and Jimmy Butler moved past Devin Booker. Voting not only decides the starters but the two captains of each team which is apart of the new All-Star format. The league's coaches will determine the reserve pool and the captains will complete their rosters picking from that group. TNT will reveal the All-Star starters plus the two captains on Thursday, January 18th, on their TNT NBA Tip-Off show with Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith, and host Ernie Johnson. The All-Star Game is set on February 18 at Los Angeles.