Curry, James lead fan voting for All-Star game

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Starters for the game are chosen through a point system in which fan voting accounts for 50 percent for the weight; players and media make up the other half. It's great to follow how the 24-man rosters are voted on by the fans and the coaches but now there's another element of mixing the East and the West and giving different combinations of guys out there on the floor. It's cool to be an All-Star, but all the extra stuff. However, Curry would welcome the idea of being able to pick his team, playground style.

According to The Athletic's Anthony Slater, the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant doesn't want to be a captain, while teammate Stephen Curry would be happy to do it.

You never know with this league. Curry, Durant, Green, and Klay Thompson made the squad last season.

In the Eastern Conference, James (1,622,838), Antetokounmpo (1,480,954) and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid are now the top three frontcourt players in the fan vote.

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Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference race is a lot more interesting with LeBron James edging out Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kyrie Irving.

Players will be sorted by conference and position (guards and frontcourt players), and the two top guards and three top frontcourt players will be named starters. Voting will conclude Monday. National Basketball Association head coaches will select the reserves. New York's Kristaps Porzingis (640,928) is fourth. The Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (537,168) is still second among East guards, while Philadelphia's Ben Simmons (397,942) has edged ahead of the Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo (385,448) for third place. The Houston Rockets' James Harden has 978,540 votes and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook 791,332.

The All-Star captains and starters will be announced January 18, with the reserves unveiled five days later. Since the All-Star Game will be held on February 18, there will be plenty of time to analyze the entire process in anticipation of watching the sport's top stars go head-to-head.