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Kevin Durant and Steph Curry Lead Western Conference All-Star Voting

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry Lead Western Conference All-Star Voting Kevin Durant and Steph Curry Lead Western Conference All-Star Voting
Betsy Taylor | 05 January, 2018, 14:23

The first return for NBA All-Star voting has been released and three Thunder players are now in the mix in the Western Conference.

Antetokounmpo received 863,416 votes to edge the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (856,080) for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and overall.

Antetokounmpo and James were followed by Philadelphia center Joel Embiid for most votes among frontcourt players, while former Cav Kyrie Irving (802,834) and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (259,368) were the leading guards. Behind James, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant vie to be the superstar of this generation.

Under a new format for the All-Star game, the player who receives the most votes in the east and west will each serve as a captain and will choose teams from the pool of players voted in as starters and reserves. The full teams will be declared on January 25. Those two players will serve as captains for the 67th All-Star Game, which will be played February 18 in Los Angeles. The captains will be the leading vote-getter from each conference.

For the second consecutive year, NBA players and basketball media will join fans in selecting the All-Star Game starters.

Another new feature that will be added is both teams will be playing for charity.


The fan vote will account for 50%, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25%, so although Simmons may not be in at the moment there's still a possibility for the players and media to get him in the game.

Durant and Curry aren't the only Golden State players doing well in the fan voting.

There will be three frontcourt players and two guards chosen for each starting lineup, meaning Embiid now has a decent chance of starting in the game.

The next fan voting update will be shared on Friday, Jan. 12 (AEDT), with fan voting ending on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The first returns for the All-Star Game starters are already in. Each post may include only one player's name. This year, two captains will select their teammates from a pool of 22 other All-Stars.

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