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Durant leads NBA All-Star vote, Curry first among guards

Durant leads NBA All-Star vote, Curry first among guards

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo is the leading vote-getter among all players, holding a 7,336 vote lead over James, who has the second-most votes. Durant is the top vote-getter in the Western Conference with 767,402 votes cast in his favor. Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving is third overall with 802,834 votes.

Curry and MVP favorite James Harden are the top two guards with Russell Westbrook in third.

In the new format of the All-Star Game, the two players who get the most votes in both conferences will be the captains for each team where they will pick their squad from the rest of the nominated players for the contest. Golden State's Draymond Green (325,612) was fourth.

While there are an additional two weeks before the game's starters are officially announced (the following week will be when reserves are announced), it's just yet another reminder of how much Antetokounmpo's star keeps on ascending to new heights.

But Simmons' sister Olivia took to Twitter on Wednesday in an effort to boost his chances of becoming the first Australian-raised National Basketball Association player to make an all-star game.

Fans will comprise 50 percent of the vote, while players and select members of the media will each make up 25 percent of the final tally. The leading vote-receiver from each conference will be given rights to choose his team, but starters will be pre-determined by the results. The NBA's head coaches will still select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences.

The league will release updated voting totals on January 11, according to a news release.

The NBA released the vote totals for the first 12 days of balloting for the All-Star Game and it should come as no surprise that a player with All-Star experience is at the top of the heap. It will air on TNT at 5 p.m. PT.

This shows the growing popularity of the "Greek Freak" and how he is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting players to watch on the court.


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