Lakers’ LeBron James, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo still lead All-Star fan voting

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks continue to lead NBA All-Star voting in latest fan ballot returns released Wednesday.

Hornets guard Kemba Walker is on the outside of being an All-Star Game starter in Charlotte next month, based on a running tally of fan votes the National Basketball Association announced Thursday.

Kyrie Irving leads all Eastern Conference guards while Kawhi Leonard joins James, Doncic, Curry and Irving as the fifth player with at least 2 million votes.

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.

Current NBA players account for 25 percent of the vote; so does a media panel.

After the fan voting has closed, the league will also provide an All-Star poll for players to fill out, as well as for select credentialed media.

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The top vote-getters from each conference will serve as team captains.

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

Just like previous year, the leading vote-getter from each conference will serve as a captain and will draft their rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.

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

Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (2,381,901) remains third in overall voting. 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. All-Star reserves, decided by a vote of the league's head coaches, will be announced January 31.

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