The NBA has released the latest results in its 2018 All-Star balloting, and LeBron James has reclaimed his throne. As of Jan. 11, James leads all players with 1,622,838 votes–surpassing Giannis Antetokounmpo by over 140,000 votes.
Antetokounmpo, the budding star of the Milwaukee Bucks, was the leader in the clubhouse following the NBA’s initial voting release.
Stephen Curry also claimed some bragging rights over fellow teammate Kevin Durant, whom he surpassed in the second vote. Curry, who holds 1,369,658 votes, is leading Durant by more than 40,000 votes.
The NBA will reveal its final tally on Jan. 18, when the starters and captains will be announced. The reserves will be announced five days later on Jan. 23. The fan voting closes on Jan. 15.
The results matter because this year's top vote-getters will play captains in selecting their teams, the first ever to be comprised of members of both the Eastern and Western Conferences.
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The players will be separated by their respective conferences and position (frontcourt and backcourt). The top vote-getters are as follows:
1. Kyrie Irving (1,370,643)
2. DeMar DeRozan (537,168)
3. Ben Simmons (397,942)
4. Victor Oladipo (385,448)
1. LeBron James (1,622,838)
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (1,480,954)
3. Joel Embiid (784,287)
4. Kristaps Porzingis (640,928)
1. Stephen Curry (1,369,658)
2. James Harden (978,540)
3. Russell Westbrook (791,332)
4. Klay Thompson (686,825)
1. Kevin Durant (1,326,059)
2. Anthony Davis (664,687)
3. Draymond Green (616,730)
4. DeMarcus Cousins (587,835)
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