NBA All-Star second voting returns released

Jan 8 2018 Minneapolis MN USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James dribbles in the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors playmaker Stephen Curry are on course to be chosen as conference captains for next month's All-Star Game in Los Angeles, voting results showed Thursday.

Out West, Curry also became the new leader after surpassing Durant's tally by more than 40,000 votes.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference race is a lot more interesting with LeBron James edging out Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kyrie Irving. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan is second among East guards with 537,168 votes and Philadelphia rookie Ben Simmons is third with 397,942.

Under the new All-Star Game format, the top two vote-getters in each conference will be named team captains and will choose their teams based on the pool of players voted in as starters and reserves.

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Curry sits atop the Western Conference with 1,369,658 votes after passing Warriors teammate Kevin Durant, who now has 1,326,059 votes. Houston Rockets' James Harden (978,540) and Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (791,332) are second and third, respectively. We are also nearly close to the All-Star game which will take place on February 18th, 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California. For the last two frontcourt spots, I chose Anthony Davis who is now second in frontcourt voting and Pual George.

Fan votes make up for 50 percent, while votes from current players and a media panel each make up 25 percent to determine the starters (top two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference).

The All-Star starters and the two captains will be announced on January 18, with the National Basketball Association coaches choosing the reserves by January 23.

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