Lonzo Ball stands pat in second All-Star voting returns

Carrie Guzman
January 12, 2019

Westbrook remains in fourth place among Western Conference guards, but has expanded his lead on Golden State's Klay Thompson from just more than 200,000 votes to more than 700,000.

In the most recent returns, back-to-back National Basketball Association finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant has been knocked out of the Western Conference starting lineup, displaced by Oklahoma City's Paul George. Doncic moved up to No. 2 in the Western Conference, surpassing Rose and Curry. Yet, the sixth-year center is sixth in the Western Conference in votes among frontcourt players, and has expanded his lead on Denver's Nikola Jokic to almost 300,000 votes.

The leading vote getters for the Eastern Conference squad are Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors), Joel Embid (Philadelphia 76ers), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics) and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat).

Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Last season, Ball was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge and with the lack of blue chipper point guards prospects in last year's draft, there's a very good chance Ball is selected to participate again. Captains can choose players for their teams regardless of conference affiliation. Each captain will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.

Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma (584,842 votes) and Lonzo Ball (529,164) are holding at eighth among Western Conference frontcourt players and guards, respectively. The All Star starters, and captains, will be announced January 24 on TNT.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers practices for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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