LeBron, 3 teammates among All-Star voting leaders

LeBron James (left) of the Cavaliers could receive the biggest challenge of their Eastern Conference throne from Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, according to Nick Wright of FOX Sports.

The NBA released its first tabulation of All-Star ballots and four members of the Cleveland Cavaliers are among the top 10 in either the frontcourt or backcourt in Eastern Conference voting. The announcement covers the first dozen days of the fan vote.

LeBron James of the Cavaliers is second overall in the NBA in votes, having received 856,080. He trails on Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks in terms of the most votes received across the league.

The 23-year-old Antetokounmpo is second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 29.1 points per game, and is among the top 20 in the league in rebounds, steals and blocked shots.

While “The Greek Freak” and LeBron stand one-two in both the overall voting and in the Eastern Conference tabulation, James’ teammate, Kevin Love, stands fifth among frontcourt players in the East with 221,969.

In the backcourt voting for the East, Cavaliers Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas stand sixth and seventh, respectively. Wade, who has thrived since embracing a sixth-man role for the Cavaliers, has received 165,163 votes, while Thomas, who made his season and Cleveland debuts Tuesday night against Portland, has received 87,070 votes, despite playing only 19 minutes for the entire season.

Former Cavalier Kyrie Irving, now of the Boston Celtics, is first among the backcourt players in the East, having received 802,834 votes, trailing only Antetokounmpo and James in voting across the league.

Rounding out the top five in overall votes are Golden State teammates Kevin Durant (767,402) and Stephen Curry (735,115), who are fourth and fifth, respectively.. They lead the Western Conference in frontcourt and backcourt votes received.

The NBA’s new All-Star Game format will have the player who receives the most votes in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference serve as a captain. Those two players will select teams from the pool of players voted in as starters and reserves.

The league will continue to have its All-Star starters determined by the fan vote, along with a vote among current players and members of the media. The fan vote will make up the highest percentage, accounting for 50 percent, while the current players and media members will both account for 25 percent.

The next round of fan voting will be announced Jan. 11. Voting will conclude at 11:59 (EST) on Jan. 15.

Starters and team captains will be announced Jan. 18 on TNT. Reserves will be revealed Jan. 23, with full team rosters being revealed Jan. 25 on TNT.

The NBA’s 67th All-Star Game will be played Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Below is a list of the leading vote getters:

 

Eastern Conference
Frontcourt

 

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee, 863,416.
  2. LeBron James, Cleveland, 856,080.
  3. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia, 433,161.
  4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York, 359,459.
  5. Kevin Love, Cleveland, 221,969.
  6. Al Horford, Boston, 120,016.
  7. Jayson Tatum, Boston, 98,586.
  8. Andre Drummond, Detroit, 85,374.
  9. Enes Kanter, New York, 83,102.
  10. Dwight Howard, Charlotte, 57,730.
Backcourt
  1. Kyrie Irving, Boston, 802,834.
  2. DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 259,368.
  3. Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 251,886.
  4. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia, 210,085.
  5.  John Wall, Washington, 175,990.
  6. Dwyane Wade, Cleveland, 165,163.
  7. Isaiah Thomas, Cleveland, 87,680.
  8. Kyle Lowry, Toronto, 85,070.
  9. Bradley Beal, Washington, 71,079.
  10. Jaylen Brown, Boston, 51,562.
Western Conference
Frontcourt
  1. Kevin Durant, Golden State, 767,402.
  2. Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 393,000.
  3. DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans, 356,340.
  4. Draymond Green, Golden State, 325,612.
  5. Paul George, Oklahoma City, 291,495.
  6. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio, 212,650.
  7. Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City, 194,239.
  8. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota, 188,240.
  9. Kyle Kuzma, LA Lakers, 184,338.
  10. LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio, 153,599.
Backcourt
  1. Stephen Curry, Golden State, 735,115.
  2. James Harden, Houston, 602,040.
  3. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 438,469.
  4. Klay Thompson, Golden State, 359,442.
  5. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 231,460.
  6. Chris Paul, Houston, 174,343.
  7. Damian Lillard, Portland, 148,622.
  8. Lonzo Ball, LA Lakers, 120,817.
  9. Devin Booker, Phoenix, 91,562.
  10. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota, 88,009.