Raptors’ Leonard drops to sixth place in National Basketball Association all-star voting

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2019

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 totals released Thursday James leads all vote-getters with 2,779,812.

Thunder forward Paul George has moved up to third in the second fan returns of All-Star 2019 voting for Western Conference frontcourt players, the National Basketball Association announced Thursday afternoon.

In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo (2,670,816) has strengthened his position as the leading vote-getter.

Walker, a reserve in the last two All-Star Games, is now third in Eastern Conference fan voting among guards behind the Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade.

Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma (584,842 votes) and Lonzo Ball (529,164) are holding at eighth among Western Conference frontcourt players and guards, respectively.

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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.

The format for drafting teams from last season remains in place. Voting for National Basketball Association players and media also concludes on January 21.

Dwyane Wade is also likely to get a farewell All-Star mention, getting close to 1,200,000 votes in his last season in the National Basketball Association.

National Basketball Association head coaches will vote for the reserves and also for replacement nominees in case of an injury, which could bring a few other names into consideration down the line.

In the Eastern Conference, Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker and 76ers guard Ben Simmons are third and fourth in the backcourt voting.

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

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