Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors playmaker Stephen Curry are on course to be chosen as conference captains for next month's All-Star Game in Los Angeles, voting results showed Thursday. However, Durant is still the leader in the Western frontcourt; Curry leads the guards list.
James leads the Eastern Conference with 1,622,838 fan votes, passing the Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 1,480,954 votes. New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis is fourth with 640,928 votes.
Former James teammate Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics leads all East guards with 1,370,643.
Curry leads Western Conference players with 1,369,658 votes, while Durant is right behind him with 1,326,059 in the latest update, per Slater.
Immediately behind Curry in the West guard category are Houston's James Harden (978,540) and reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook (791,332) of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 67th NBA All-Star Game takes place February 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
With the new All-Star voting format, James and Curry would serve as captains if the voting ended today, and each of them will form their respective teams from the pool of players fans voted in as starters and coaches selected as reserves. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.
Voting for the All-Star game for fans, players and media ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday.
One through four are Golden State's Kevin Durant, New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Golden State's Draymond Green and New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins. The captains are automatically starters.