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. Luka Doncic sits in second place of the Western Conference's forward/center list with 679.839 votes.
All current National Basketball Association players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with every voter completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.More news: Manchester City hands Liverpool first loss of Premier League season
Voting continues through January 21 with fan ballots counting 50 percent, current NBA players counting 25 percent and a media panel counting 25 percent to determine the 10 starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game on February 17 at Charlotte, North Carolina.
Just like a year ago, the leading vote-getter from each conference will serve as a captain and will draft their rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.More news: Nasa shows first photo of distant world from New Horizons probe
The All-Star format will be the same as last season. Reserves will be determined by a vote of National Basketball Association head coaches.
Russell Westbrook laughs between teammates Paul George, left, and Steven Adams while waiting to take a photo during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. A playground-style draft in which the two captains pick their side will be televised this year. Reserves will be announced on January 31.
Wade, who is averaging 14.1 points on 41.2 percent shooting off the Heat's bench this season, last appeared in the All-Star Game in 2016.More news: Pelosi says Democrats will give "nothing for the wall"
Voting from fans, players and media will conclude on January 21 at 11:59 p.m.