NBA Reveals All-Star Voting Returns: Giannis No Longer Top Vote-Getter

Jan 6 2018 Orlando FL USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James calls a play against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I just want to go play in the game. I used to go to the playground all the time and you wanted to be the guy picking teams.

"The only thing is with my kids getting older, that's the only thing that kinds of stops me from going as long as I'd like to", he told USA Today.

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Perhaps Durant still has a sour taste in his mouth from last season's All-Star Game in New Orleans.

"I kind of heard quite a bit this year that we should only get three max, but I don't see why not four?" The 10 starters - two guards and three frontcourt players per conference - will continue to be chosen by a combination of fans (50% of the vote), current players (25%) and basketball media (25%).

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Curry's take is likely the reason the league chose to change things up this year in order to make the All-Star game itself more enticing for the players. Voting will conclude Monday.

The NBA's head coaches will still select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences.

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Cleveland LeBron James leads all players in the voting, bringing in 1.6 million. The two captains will then draft a team based on the pool of players. On Fourth is the New York's star KristapsPorzingis (640,928). Boston's Kyrie Irving (1,370,643) and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (537,168) are the top two guards, while Philadelphia's Ben Simmons (397,942) is third. Houston Rockets' James Harden (978,540) and Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (791,332) are second and third, respectively. Other notable movers were Draymond Green, who passed DeMarcus Cousins and now stands with the third and final starting spot; rookie Kyle Kuzma, who passed former Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns; Lonzo Ball, another Lakers rookie, passed Damian Lillard for the 7th spot; and Jimmy Butler moved past Devin Booker. The All-Star Game will be February 18 in Los Angeles. The captains and starters will be revealed on January 18 and the reserves will be announced on January 23 with the full team rosters coming on January 25.

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