LeBron James, Lonzo Ball lead Lakers in All-Star voting

Posted January 05, 2019

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences in the first tally of fan voting for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

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.

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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.

Draymond Green is in ninth place in the frontcourt, while DeMarcus Cousins - who hasn't played a single second this year - is in 10th with almost 93,000 votes.

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.

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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.

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Voting from fans, players and media will conclude on January 21 at 11:59 p.m.