LeBron, Curry new leaders in All-Star voting


James has now totaled 1,622,838 votes to pass the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (1,480,954) as the top vote-getter in the Eastern Conference and overall.

In the Western Conference, Curry takes the top spot among all guards with 1,369,658 votes.

The Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving continues to lead all East guards, ranking third in the conference and overall with 1,370,643 votes. The captains will choose their teammates first from the starters pool, which will consist of the top two guards and top three frontcourt players from each conference. Fans will account for 50 percent, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each. Fan voting ends Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).

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Out West, Curry also became the new leader after surpassing Durant's tally by more than 40,000 votes. New York's Kristaps Porzingis (640,928) is fourth.

Players will be sorted by conference and position (guards and frontcourt players), and the two top guards and three top frontcourt players will be named starters. The league's coaches will determine the reserve pool and the captains will complete their rosters picking from that group. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (791,332) is third. The starters will be announced Jan. 18, the reserves will be announced Jan. 23 and the full team rosters will be unveiled Jan. 25 all on TNT NBA Tip-Off. The leading vote-getters will be named captains and will select their teammates for the 67th All-Star Game, which will take place on February 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.