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Simmons' NBA All-Star bid on shaky ground

Simmons' NBA All-Star bid on shaky ground”

Fan votes are worth only 50 per cent in determining the all-star game's starters, with the other half coming down to a combination of player and media vote.

In the second fan returns, James leads all players with 2,779,812 votes to maintain the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, a forward for the Milwaukee Bucks, leads all Eastern Conference players with 2,670,816 votes, second to only James overall in the National Basketball Association.

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.

Joining Antetokounmpo atop the Eastern Conference vote are Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.

Current NBA players account for 25 percent of the vote; so does a media panel.

If the NBA All-Star game were to play this weekend, then last year's regular-season MVP and a back-to-back Finals MVP wouldn't even crack the starting lineups. The Houston Rockets' James Harden (1,674,660) and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (1,494,382) are still in third and fourth place, respectively.

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.

Starter spots for the February 17 game at Spectrum Center will be announced the night of January 24 on TNT.

Details for the All-Star draft have yet to be announced.



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