Lonzo Ball stands pat in second All-Star voting returns

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The top three players in the East frontcourt are unchanged, with Antetokounmpo joined by the Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard (2,092,806) in second place and the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (1,710,229) in third place.

With voting still under way, George is part of a Western Conference starting five led by James and also featuring Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose and Durant's Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry. In fact, Doncic has now received more votes out West than Curry, and has the fourth most votes overall.

The Los Angeles Lakers remain on track to have their first All-Star since 2016 as LeBron James has garnered 2,779,812 votes to maintain his standing as the leading vote-getter in the second fan returns.

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving leads all East guards.

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The fan votes count for 50 percent of the all-star teams, with player votes accounting for 25 percent of the team, and a media vote for the remainder. The voting for fans, players and media opened on December 25 and will end January 21.

Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma (584,842 votes) and Lonzo Ball (529,164) are holding at eighth among Western Conference frontcourt players and guards, respectively. The network will announce reserves, selected by National Basketball Association head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Like last season, the all-star format will be a playground-style pick-em with the two conference-leading vote-getters as captains. Unlike past year, the All-Star draft WILL be televised this season although the draft date has not yet been announced. NBA All-Star weekend will tip off on February 15.

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