NBA: LeBron James ahead: Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry lead the votes for the 2022 All-Star Game in Cleveland


The two favorites for the title of MVP stand out. 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 votes, 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. Which makes them, for now, the captains of their respective conferences, West for the first with the Warriors, East for the second with the Nets.

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Also above the two million votes are LeBron James (Lakers), on track for an 18th participation, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, defending champion with Milwaukee. On the other hand, not being captain would be a first for King James, at « four out of four » since the establishment of this system in 2018. A first all the more bitter as the meeting will therefore be held in Cleveland.

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DeRozan leading the backs in the East

If the current roster does not change by January 22, when voting closes, Nikola Jokic (Denver), MVP of last season, Paul George (Clippers) and Luka Doncic (Dallas) will complete the five major 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. But Trae Young (Hawks) tickles Harden.

Two stars who missed the start of the season and even more are present in the top 10 backs: in the West, Klay Thompson (Warriors), who should make his comeback on Sunday after two and a half years of absence due to 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 he was not vaccinated.

The fan vote represents 50% of the votes. It is supplemented by those of players (25%) and journalists (25%). The coaches are responsible for choosing the replacements.

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