LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo Expand Leads In Second ASG Voting Returns

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The captains' draft will be televised this season. Fan voting counts 50 percent toward deciding the five starting spots from each conference.

The starting five - which includes three frontcourt and two backcourt positions spots - for the Western Conference are James, Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) and Derrick Rose (Minnesota Timberwolves).

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks continue to lead NBA All-Star voting in latest fan ballot returns released Wednesday.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard remains in second place among Eastern Conference forwards after the second return of National Basketball Association all-star voting.

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.

Harden's problem for captaincy is that he's now seventh in fan voting, trailing the likes of Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Steph Curry, and Luka Doncic.

James Harden, the Houston Rockets guard who was the regular-season MVP in 2017-18, is more than 40,000 points behind Durant.

Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on January 21. Each captain will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.

The teams aren't split by conference for the actual game, though.

The All-Star weekend returns to Charlotte for the second time in the city's 30-year history in the league.

The 68th All-Star game will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on February 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

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