Kevin Durant leads LeBron James at prime of NBA All-Star voting

Brooklyn Nets ahead Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers ahead LeBron James led the primary spherical of fan voting for this yr’s NBA All-Star Recreation.

The replace was launched the NBA on Thursday.

Durant, who missed all of final season — his first as a member of the Nets — with a torn Achilles tendon, led all gamers with 2,302,705 votes, barely forward of James’ 2,288,676, the highest whole within the Western Convention.

Stephen Curry (2.11 million) was the one participant moreover Durant and James to exceed 2 million votes, and because of this was the runaway chief for the highest spot amongst West guards. Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (1.39 million) was second, adopted Portland Path Blazers guard Damian Lillard (998,853) in third.

Durant was adopted within the East’s frontcourt Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo (1.75 million votes) and Philadelphia 76ers heart Joel Embiid (1.58 million), with the three of them properly forward of Boston Celtics ahead Jayson Tatum (822,151) in fourth.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, the NBA’s main scorer, led all East backcourt gamers with almost 1.three million votes, and was carefully adopted Durant’s fellow stars in Brooklyn: James Harden (1,093,611) and Kyrie Irving (1,014,763).

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Younger had been a distant fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Within the West, James was adopted within the frontcourt Nuggets heart Nikola Jokic (1.47 million), LA Clippers ahead Kawhi Leonard (1.28 million) and Lakers teammate Anthony Davis (1.19 million), with Leonard’s teammate Paul George a distant fifth.

All-Star voting started on Jan. 28, with followers in a position to vote both way of the NBA’s web site, its app or on Twitter, and can proceed means of Feb. 16. The All-Star starters — that are decided means of fan voting (which accounts for 50% of the vote), media voting (25%) and participant voting (25%) — can be introduced on TNT on Feb. 18. The reserves — that are voted on the NBA’s coaches — can be introduced on TNT on Feb. 23.

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