LeBron James overtakes Steph Curry in All-Star Game voting
Steph Curry is no longer the leading fan vote-getter for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland. In the latest round of returns, shared by the league Thursday, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James (6,827,449 votes) has passed Curry (6,019,418). But the two longtime rivals are the only players in the six-million vote club.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania shared the latest results via Twitter:
Perhaps Curry has been hindered by his recent slump over the past month, as he’s posting the lowest field goal percentage (.422) and 3-point shooting percentage (38.6) of his career for a season when he’s played more than five games.
It’s worth noting that Warriors wing Andrew Wiggins (2,644,571) has maintained his third-place standing among Western Conference forwards. He has actually created some distance between himself and fourth-place West forward Paul George (2,312,248) from the last set of voting returns . Wiggins is averaging 18.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 3-pointers made per game while shooting a career-best 49.1 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from beyond the arc.
For each conference, the fan vote accounts for 50 percent of the input for starters. The remaining 50 percent of the vote will be decided by players (25 percent) and media (25 percent), as two guards and three forwards will start in the midseason showcase. From there, the remaining seven reserves will be determined by a vote of the league’s 30 coaches. The game will be played on Feb. 20.
Injured forward Draymond Green (1,861,562) remains in sixth place among Western Conference forwards while guard Klay Thompson (1,240,781) is still in fourth place among the West’s guards despite playing just five games this season.