LeBron passes Steph as West leader in latest All-Star voting


Steph Curry no longer is the leading vote-getter in West in the third NBA All-Star voting returns.

Lakers superstar LeBron James has overtaken the Warriors guard by a significant margin, as LeBron has 6,827,449 votes to Steph's 6,019,418. Curry led LeBron by 77,034 votes in the second returns, but LeBron now has a big lead.

Voting for the All-Star starters ends Saturday at 9 p.m. PT, with the starters being announced next Thursday, Jan. 27.

The top two-vote getters in each conference are elected team captains. If current results hold, James would edge Curry as the captain of the West, and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant -- who's currently injured -- would captain the East's squad.

As for the rest of the Warriors, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green are holding steady as the No. 3 and No. 6 forwards in the West, respectively.

Klay Thompson, who has only played five games so far in his return from Achilles and ACL rehab, remains as the fourth-highest vote-getter among West guards, ahead of notable stars Devin Booker, Donovan Mitchell and Chris Paul.

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As a reminder, the fan vote accounts for 50 percent of the final vote tally for All-Star starters, with 25 percent coming from the media and another 25 percent coming from fellow players. All-Star reserves are voted on by NBA coaches around the league and will be announced on Feb. 3.

Curry is a shoo-in to be a starter, while Wiggins and Green have good chances to join him in Cleveland as well. Thompson, despite his popularity, likely won't be an All-Star due to his lack of playing time this season.


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