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Steph Curry leads all Western Conference guards in All Star voting

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Kristopher Love | 11 January, 2019, 11:39

Back-to-back NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant has been knocked out of the Western Conference starting five in the most recent fan voting for the All-Star Game, the league announced Thursday.

Fan make up 50 percent of the voting for the 10 starters for the All-Star Game, which will take place on February 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

George has 1,859,216 votes, trailing only the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (2,779,812) and Dallas' Luca Doncic (2,220,077) among Western Conference frontcourt players.

In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo (2,670,816) has strengthened his position as the leading vote-getter.

The East guard group is again led by the Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (2,381,901) and the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (1,199,789).

Current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with every voter completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Voting among current players counts 25 percent and votes from media covering the National Basketball Association counts the other 25 percent.

The captains' draft will be televised this season. Yet, the sixth-year center is sixth in the Western Conference in votes among frontcourt players, and has expanded his lead on Denver's Nikola Jokic to almost 300,000 votes.

Walker is third among East guards with 858,798 votes, ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons with 695,032. All-Star reserves, decided by a vote of the league's head coaches, will be announced January 31. He's having quite the rookie season and deserves to play in the All-Star game because of his star appeal and his play on the court.