Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo Lead All-Star Game Voting

LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo Lead All-Star Game Voting

Complete details of the first 2019 NBA All-Star Game fan voting update below.

Expectedly, LeBron James not only led the Western Conference in voting but led all players in votes as the only player to receive over one million votes.

As usual, the fan votes offered a few interesting selections, with Golden State centre DeMarcus Cousins, who hasn't played a game all season, 10th in the Western Conference frontcourt with over 92,000 votes.

As revealed by the National Basketball Association early Thursday, James leads all Western Conference players with 1,083,363 fan votes while Antetokounmpo leads all Eastern Conference players with 991,561 fan votes. Lonzo Ball is eighth in the backcourt 175,040 votes.

Whether James remains well ahead of the pack remains to be seen, but he undoubtedly will be selected to a 15th career All-Star Game.

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Russell Westbrook and Paul George each rank in the Top 5 in the Western Conference at their respective positions in the first returns released Thursday by the league.

Voting from fans, players and media will conclude on January 21 at 11:59 p.m. Starting last season, fan votes only account for 50 percent of the voting with the media and coaches each getting 25 percent of the vote to pick the "starters".

In other words, Wade will also need to finish among the top vote-getters on the players' and media's ballots to have a real chance to start in this year's All-Star Game. The All Star starters, and captains, will be announced January 24 on TNT.

Dwyane Wade may be playing in his final National Basketball Association season, but he's still one of the most popular players in the National Basketball Association.

This year's All-Star contest will follow last year's format with two team captains - the All-Stars who lead their conference - each selecting rosters from pools of starters and reserve players regardless of conference affiliation. The reserves, as selected by the head coaches, will be announced January 31 on TNT.

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