LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo & Kyrie Irving Lead NBA In 2019 All-Star Voting

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is leading in the votes for this year's NBA All-Star Game, rather unsurprisingly.

The league released the numbers as it relates to the votes for the prestigious event on Thursday, revealing James and Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo as the leaders in their respective conferences, while Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving lead the voting for guards.

Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the game - scheduled for February 17 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte - and are given the opportunity to pick two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Current NBA players and a media panel are responsible for selecting 25 percent of the overall vote.


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According to the NBA's official release, James leads the way with 1,083,363 and is the first player to crack a million. Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic trails him with 679,839 in the West fontcourt, followed by last season's Finals MVP and defending champion Kevin Durant, who has garnered 659,968 votes so far.

Surprisingly, Durant's teammate DeMarcus Cousins, who hasn't played at all this season has pulled in 92,977 votes to come in at No.10 in the West frontcourt.

Curry, as mentioned above, leads the guard section in the West with 793,111 votes and - this is so good - a resurgent Derrick Rose is behind him with 698,086. The Minnesota Timberwolves star is actually ahead of reigning MVP James Harden, who has 541,606 votes to his name.

Antetopkounpo, who was an All-Star last season and the season prior, commands leadership in the Eastern Conference, having attracted 991,561 votes. New Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard comes in at second in the East's frontcourt with 774,172. Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler and Jayson Tatum are next in line.

Irving (910,329 votes) tops the East's guards and - this is also so, so good - Miami Heat veteran Dwyane Wade comes in in second place with 409,156 in his swansong campaign. Michael Jordan's top asset Kemba Walker is in at third with 319,519 and John Wall, who, unfortunately, won't be playing any more basketball this season, has snagged 54,366 votes to sit at 10th in the Eastern guard category.

What This Means

Do some people just pretend not to like LeBron? He does seem to attract the most criticism wherever fans are concerned. But, come voting time, he's always at the top.

It's really great to see fans showing an appreciation for the likes of Rose and Wade, with the former being written off before coming back strong this season and the latter poised to say his goodbyes to the NBA at the end of the term.

This could be quite the memorable game. But don't stop voting yet as selections from fans, players and media are set to continue up until Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


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