NBA All-Star Game Voting Totals Released Ahead Of Roster Announcement

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

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

The NBA league released the most recent voting counts on Thursday, and neither James Harden nor Kevin Durant are among the current starting five for the Western Conference squad.

Lakers forward LeBron James (2,779,812) and Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (2,670,806) continue to lead their respective conferences in the second return of NBA All-Star Game voting.

Hornets guard Kemba Walker is on the outside of being an All-Star Game starter in Charlotte next month, based on a running tally of fan votes the National Basketball Association announced Thursday.

As the leading overall vote-getter so far, James is also atop among Western Conference forwards, with two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors leading among West guards.

The leading vote getters for the Eastern Conference squad are Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors), Joel Embid (Philadelphia 76ers), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics) and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat).

Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on January 21.

Just like past year, the leading vote-getter from each conference will serve as a captain and will draft their rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. Captains can choose players for their teams regardless of conference affiliation. And if voting were to end today, the two forward would be the captains for this year's draft.

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 James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers practices for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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