Chris Paul, James Harden among leaders in latest All-Star voting returns

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In the East, LeBron James has passed Giannis Antetokounmpo as the leading vote-getter and would be the team captain if voting ended today; Ben Simmons is now third in guard votes, passing Victor Oladipo; Enes Kanter also moved past Andre Drummond in frontcourt votes.

With fans making up 50 percent of the voting (active National Basketball Association players and National Basketball Association media make up 25 percent each), it's likely James and Curry will be the team captains under the new All-Star setup.

There will no longer be the traditional East vs. Unlike the National Football League the captains will not be former Hall of Fame players. No Thunder player is projected as a starter given current fan voting.

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.

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Irving's replacement, Isaiah Thomas didn't help James' fury as the recovering point guard (hip) knocked down just 2 of 15 shots. There was also a dip in the visitors' form, with LeBron James and company coming into the night 4-6 in their last 10 games.

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As the second half of the National Basketball Association season tips off, we predict the Eastern Conference playoff picture. One guard spot and one place in the frontcourt. New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis is fourth with 640,928 votes. But I just feel Joel Embiid's greatness on the court and on social media around the country will help him land that spot.

These are my picks for the starters and captain coming out of the Western Conference.

James, 33, leads all vote-getters in both conferences with 1,622,838 as of Thursday's count while Curry, 29, leads the Western Conference and is second overall with 1,369,658. For the last two frontcourt spots, I chose Anthony Davis who is now second in frontcourt voting and Pual George.

One through four are Golden State's Kevin Durant, New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Golden State's Draymond Green and New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins.

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