LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo Expand Leads In Second ASG Voting Returns

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The second returns on fan voting were released on Thursday and George is in position to start in the All-Star Game for the first time as a Western Conference player and the first time since 2016 when he was with Indiana.

The leading vote getters for the Eastern Conference squad are Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors), Joel Embid (Philadelphia 76ers), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics) and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat). George joins Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic in the conference's frontcourt, with Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry in the backcourt. Every voter will complete one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. The next leading vote getter is none other than MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, who leads the Eastern Conference with roughly 2.6 million votes.

The two team captains will draft rosters from the players voted as starters and reserves, picking players regardless of conference affiliation. Unlike last season, though, the actual selection of the teams will reportedly be televised. Voting for fans, players and media concludes Monday, Jan. 21 at 8:59 p.m. PT.

The fan vote, which opened on Christmas Day, accounts for 50% of the vote to determine the 10 All-Star starters.

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Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma (584,842 votes) and Lonzo Ball (529,164) are holding at eighth among Western Conference frontcourt players and guards, respectively.

This year's All-Star game will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 17.

The all-star starters and captains will be announced on January 24, and the reserves will be announced a week later.

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