Golden State and Brooklyn stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant lead fan votes for the All-Star Game, which will take place Feb. 20 in Cleveland, according to a first score released Thursday by the NBA.
After ten days of voting, Curry, who has just broken the historic record for the number of three-point baskets in the league, is the most popular with 2,584,623 votes collected. Durant follows with 2,360,435.
What makes them, for the moment, the captains of their respective conference, West for the first, East for the second.
Also above two million votes are LeBron James (Lakers), on course for an 18th participation, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, defending champion with Milwaukee.
If the current picture does not change by January 22, the closing date for voting, Nikola Jokic (Denver), last season’s MVP, Paul George (Clippers) and Luka Doncic (Dallas) will complete the major five of the West, alongside Curry and James.
In the East, DeMar DeRozan, author of an excellent start to the season with Chicago leader of the conference, Joel Embiid (Sixers) and James Harden (Nets) are currently holders with Durant and Antetokounmpo.
However, new faces can turn things upside down, such as leaders Ja Morant (Memphis) and Trae Young (Atlanta), wingers Andrew Wiggins (Warriors) and Zach LaVine (Bulls), very prominent since the start of the championship.
Finally, two stars who missed the start of the season and even more are present in the top 10 of the full backs: in the West, Klay Thompson (Warriors), who should make his comeback on Sunday after two and a half years of absence due with two serious injuries, is 4th. In 6th place in the East is Kyrie Irving (Nets), who played his very first game on Wednesday, after being prevented because not vaccinated.
The fan vote represents 50% of the votes, which will be supplemented by those of the players (25%) and journalists (25%).