Paul George supplants Kevin Durant in latest All-Star fan voting totals

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Hornets guard Kemba Walker is on the outside of being an All-Star Game starter in Charlotte next month, based on a running tally of fan votes the National Basketball Association announced Thursday. LeBron still leads all vote-getters with almost 2.8 million votes, while the Greek Freak leads the Eastern Conference with 2.67 million, slightly ahead of Kyrie Irving.

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the fan voting in their respective conferences and seem to be the favorites to earn All-Star captaincy for this year's draft - although fan votes only count 50 percent with 25 percent to come from both the media and players.

Derrick Rose of the Minnesota Timberwolves remains a strong option with a whisker under 2 million votes, especially considering he is just as popular with the players as he is with the fans.

Current NBA players account for 25 percent of the vote; so does a media panel.

Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma (584,842 votes) and Lonzo Ball (529,164) are holding at eighth among Western Conference frontcourt players and guards, respectively.

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The format for drafting teams from last season remains in place.

If the NBA All-Star game were to play this weekend, then last year's regular-season MVP and a back-to-back Finals MVP wouldn't even crack the starting lineups. George has jumped Golden State's Kevin Durant and New Orleans' Anthony Davis into the Top 3 in fan voting for Western Conference frontcourt players.

In the Eastern Conference, Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker and 76ers guard Ben Simmons are third and fourth in the backcourt voting.

Starter spots for the February 17 game at Spectrum Center will be announced the night of January 24 on TNT.

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