Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons' Twitter campaigns to make the all-star game seem to be off to a good start, considering their position among Eastern Conference players after the National Basketball Association all-star voting first returns were released today.
In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo (863,416), James (856,080) and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid were the top three frontcourt players in the first fan vote.
In the west, Durant and New Orleans Pelicans pair Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the top three in the frontcourt. In voting for the West guards, Curry is followed by the Houston Rockets' James Harden (602,040) and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (438,469).
It's worth noting that the format for the festivities this year has been changed, with the captains for both conferences participating in a draft where they will have the opportunity to choose their teammates from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves. Draymond Green is now sitting in fourth-place among Western Conference forwards with 325,612 votes, and Klay Thompson is in fourth-place among guards with 359,442 votes.
The All-Star starters - along with the two team captains - will be revealed on January 18. Alternately he could hold a starting spot after the fan vote and have the media and players select someone else.
Durant leads NBA All-Star vote, Curry first among guards
Fan balloting weighs 50 percent of the overall vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each. That total put him ahead of James by 7,336 votes.
This year's NBA All-Star voting, though, has shown that the generation beyond that may be foremost in the minds of fans. To submit a vote, the user can open the skill with, "Alexa, open NBA All-Star", and then request to vote for his or her player of choice.
The captains will be the top vote-getter from each conference, which based upon Thursday's update would be Antetokounmpo and Durant.
Cleveland center Kevin Love was fifth among East frontcourt players (221,969) and reserve guard Dwyane Wade was sixth among backcourt players (175,990). Voting will conclude on Monday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
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