Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Lonzo Ball stands pat in second All-Star voting returns

Lonzo Ball stands pat in second All-Star voting returns

This round of voting returns revealed that Doncic has actually passed Curry in a fairly stunning move to become the second leading vote-getter in the Western Conference.

As the leading overall vote-getter so far, James is also atop among Western Conference forwards, with two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors leading among West guards.

Antetokounmpo is second with 2,670,816 and leads an Eastern Conference starting five that now includes Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving. Voting will conclude on January 21.

The teams aren't split by conference for the actual game, though.

The game will follow last year's format, with the two team captains drafting rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves and making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

Fan voting accounts for 50 percent to determine the 10 starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. PT on TNT.

The captains' draft will be televised this season.

Durant and New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis are fourth and fifth, respectively, among Western Conference frontcourt players. He's having quite the rookie season and deserves to play in the All-Star game because of his star appeal and his play on the court.

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving leads all East guards.

The All-Star weekend returns to Charlotte for the second time in the city's 30-year history in the league. The network will announce reserves, selected by National Basketball Association head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 31.

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