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Westbrook Still Trailing In All-Star Vote After Second Returns

12 January 2018

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

"Curry told The Athletic, "(I'd) be the first to usher in the new system.

Cleveland LeBron James leads all players in the voting, bringing in 1.6 million. "I'd rather somebody else do it". I just want to go play in the game. (The new format)'s cool, a different way, a creative way that's good for the fans.

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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). Voting from the media makes up 25 percent, and voting from the players makes up the other 25 percent.

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.

James has more than 1.6-million votes in the latest tabulations to lead the East. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is second overall with more than 1.48-million votes. Coaches choose the reserves. The two captains will then draft a team based on the pool of players.

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James and Antetokounmpo are followed in the East frontcourt by the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (784,287) and the New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (640,928). At third is Sixers' Ben Simmons (397,942), with Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo close behind (385,448).

Voting will conclude on Monday.

Curry (1,369,658) and Houston's James Harden (978,540) are the top two guards. The New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (664,687) remains in second place, while Golden State's Draymond Green (616,730) has moved ahead of New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins (587,835) for third place. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (791,332) is third. 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.

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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.

Westbrook Still Trailing In All-Star Vote After Second Returns