KEY POINTS

  • LeBron James is now the overall top vote-getter in the second release of NBA fan voting
  • Lakers’ Alex Caruso overtakes Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker and D’Angelo Russell
  • Fred VanVleet is the new player on the last as he makes the top 10 in the Eastern Conference

The second wave of the All-Star Voting was released by the NBA and there is an interesting new name in on the list and an more interesting changes in the rankings. Four players have hit the three million-vote mark as the all-star game is fast approaching.

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James took over as the as top vote-getter in the second release, overtaking Dallas Mavericks’ sensation Luka Doncic. The 35-year old James got 3,359,871 votes while Lakers teammate Anthony Davis got 3,124,446. The two emerged as the top two players from Western Conference’s frontcourt while Los Angeles Clippers’ duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are currently sitting at the third and fourth spot with 2,210,539 and 845,719 votes, respectively.

Nikola Jokic went two notches higher from the last release to complete the top five center/forwards in the West with 559,881 votes. Completing the list are Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, Brandon Ingram, and Dwight Howard.

Doncic, the last release’s vote leader, got 3,277,870 to solidify his spot as the number one guard in the West. James Harden, who had a 40-point triple-double last game against Atlanta, is trailing by over a million votes but still good at second place with 2,167,269 votes. Damian LIllard, Stephen Curry, and Russell Westbrook’s rankings didn’t move as they complete the top five in the west.

Alex Caruso continues to climb up the ladder as he moved two places higher from the previous batch. The Lakers’ fan favorite got 528,246 and brought him to sixth place ahead of Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, D’Angelo Russell, and rookie sensation Ja Morant.

Vote rankings in the East hasn’t significantly moved as NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is still the runaway leader for the East, garnering 3,259,383 to lead the frontcourt in the East. Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Jimmy Butler, and Jayson Tatum broke into the million-vote mark as they complete the top five big men in the conference.

Completing the top ten are Celtics’ rookie Tacko Fall, Bam Adebayo, and Gordon Hayward while Domantas Sabonis and Andre Drummond switched places in the rankings for the ninth and tenth place.

Trae Young, who had his own 40-point triple-double against James Harden to make NBA history, is leading the East’s guards with 1,389,628 while injured Brooklyn star Kyrie Irving and Celtics’ Kemba Walker broke into the one-million vote mark for second and third spot. Derrick Rose and Zach Lavine complete the top five.

Rounding the top ten are Kyle Lowry, Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons, Bradley Beal, and Fred VanVleet, who emerged as the new name in the leader’s list replacing Spencer Dinwiddie.