Lonzo Ball stands pat in second All-Star voting returns

NBA’s all-star fan voting returns solid numbers for Joel Embiid Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler

Lonzo Ball stands pat in second All-Star voting returns

In the most recent returns, back-to-back National Basketball Association finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant has been knocked out of the Western Conference starting lineup, displaced by Oklahoma City's Paul George. LeBron still leads all vote-getters with almost 2.8 million votes, while the Greek Freak leads the Eastern Conference with 2.67 million, slightly ahead of Kyrie Irving.

Ahead of Leonard, and every other player in the East, is Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo who trails only Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James for the overall lead in all-star votes.

Westbrook remains in fourth place among Western Conference guards, but has expanded his lead on Golden State's Klay Thompson from just more than 200,000 votes to more than 700,000.

Walker, a reserve in the last two All-Star Games, is now third in Eastern Conference fan voting among guards behind the Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade.

All current National Basketball Association players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with those voters completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Unlike a year ago, the All-Star draft WILL be televised this season although the draft date has not yet been announced.

Rookie forward Luka Doncic continues to be a massive favorite to make the team as a starter as the second-most voted player in the West, surpassing Stephen Curry with 2,220,077 votes. Voting for fans, players and media concludes Monday, Jan. 21 at 8:59 p.m. PT.

Starter spots for the February 17 game at Spectrum Center will be announced the night of January 24 on TNT.

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