LeBron James overtakes Kevin Durant for most votes in the second return of All-Star Game voting

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The NBA is finalising a plan to hold the 2021 All-Star Game on March 7, in Atlanta. All-Star voting opened on January 28 and will run through February 16. On Thursday the league revealed the second results with the top 10 players named for each conference in the backcourt and frontcourt.

Fans will account for 50% of the final vote for this year’s All-Star Game. The other 50% is made up of current players and a media panel, with each side accounting for 25% of the vote.

Though the leading vote-getters remain the same, there has been some movement within the top 10. LeBron James and Kevin Durant continue to lead the way but the Lakers megastar has managed to collect 4,369,533 votes so far, pushing him past Durant for the most votes among all players. Durant’s 4,234,433 votes lead all Eastern Conference players. Stephen Curry and Bradley Beal are the top vote-getters among guards in each conference. 

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Durant, James and Curry were the only stars who had received at least two million votes in the first round of voting. They had leads of at least 550,000 votes at their respective positions. This time around, they are the only players with over four million votes. Curry has the largest lead of any player with 1,548,498 more votes than Luka Doncic, the No. 2 guards in the Western Conference.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has strengthened his hold as the top guard in the Eastern Conference, leapfrogging past LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic to go from ninth to seventh in overall votes.

Among the Western Conference guards, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell jumped Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant while Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso has entered the top 10, replacing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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In the frontcourt, Lakers big man Anthony Davis trails Kawhi Leonard by just under 125,000 votes in total. Luka Doncic has built a slightly bigger advantage over Damian Lillard. Still, less than 400,000 votes separate the two.

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Advait Jajodia
An experienced sports content writer. A national-level basketball player and a huge sporting enthusiast.

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