NBA All-Star second voting returns released

Jan 6 2018 Orlando FL USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James calls a play against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors are both on top of the mountain in NBA All-Star fan voting after the second return, the league announced Thursday.

James and Curry lead the latest fan voting which accounts for 50 percent of the ballot to determine the 10 starters for the All-Star Game on February 18 at the Staples Center.

James has 1,622,838 votes and filling up the top three frontcourt players in the East are Antetokounmpo (1,480,954) and Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid (784,287).

Changes to the NBA All-Star Game format mean the leading vote-getter in each conference will be named captains and get to divide the teams.

Former James teammate Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics leads all East guards with 1,370,643. Stephen Curry passed Golden State Warriors teammate Kevin Durant in overall voting and would be team captain if votes ended today.

Immediately behind Curry in the West guard category are Houston's James Harden (978,540) and reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook (791,332) of the Oklahoma City Thunder. We are also nearly close to the All-Star game which will take place on February 18th, 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California.

Unfortunately for fans, the National Basketball Association and commissioner Adam Silver have repeatedly said the All-Star draft won't be televised due to the discomfort some players will have over the draft order.

The All-Star starters and the two captains will be announced on January 18, with the National Basketball Association coaches choosing the reserves by January 23.

Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, meanwhile, are fifth and seventh among the West's frontcourt players.

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