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James, Antetokounmpo lead NBA All-Star fan voting

Westbrook says Adams is'definitely worthy of being an All-Star Westbrook says Adams is'definitely worthy of being an All-Star
Cassandra Castillo | 11 January, 2019, 11:39

The Los Angeles Lakers remain on track to have their first All-Star since 2016 as LeBron James has garnered 2,779,812 votes to maintain his standing as the leading vote-getter in the second fan returns.

In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo (2,670,816) has strengthened his position as the leading vote-getter. Behind him, Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic (2,220,077) has overtaken Warriors guard Stephen Curry (2,094,158), Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2,092,806) and Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (1,986,840) to move all the way into fourth overall.

Current NBA players account for 25 percent of the vote; so does a media panel. Each captain will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.

All current National Basketball Association players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with those voters completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.

The format for drafting teams from last season remains in place.

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After the fan voting has closed, the league will also provide an All-Star poll for players to fill out, as well as for select credentialed media.

Last season, Ball was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge and with the lack of blue chipper point guards prospects in last year's draft, there's a very good chance Ball is selected to participate again.

The all-star starters and captains will be announced on January 24, and the reserves will be announced a week later.

Walker is third among East guards with 858,798 votes, ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons with 695,032.

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