With the NBA finalizing a deal to hold the 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta on March 7, we’ll actually get to see the league’s best duke it out in the annual star-studded game. All-Star voting opened on Jan. 28 and runs through Feb. 16, and Thursday the league revealed the first results with the top 10 players named for each conference in the backcourt and frontcourt. 

As usual, fan voting counts for 50 percent of the final vote for the five starters named in each conference, with the media and coaches each having a 25 percent say in the starters. The top vote-getter in each conference is named a captain, and the two captains pick teams from the pre-selected pool of All-Stars. 

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant reacts against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

After the first returns, Kevin Durant leads all vote-getters in the league, with fellow Nets teammates Kyrie Irving and James Harden taking the Nos. 2 and 3 spots in the East backcourt respectively, behind Wizards star Bradley Beal. Out West, LeBron James comes out on top for all frontcourt players while also leading the conference in votes, and Stephen Curry returns to the top spot for guards after being sidelined last season with a broken hand.

Western Conference

LeBron James (LAL): 2,288,676Stephen Curry (GSW): 2,113,178
Nikola Jokic (DEN): 1,477,975Luka Doncic (DAL): 1,395,719
Kawhi Leonard (LAC): 1,285,777Damian Lillard (POR): 998,853
Anthony Davis (LAL): 1,192,881Ja Morant (MEM): 257,743
Paul George (LAC): 549,280Donovan Mitchell (UTA): 236,850
Zion Williamson (NOP): 411,668Devin Booker (PHX): 173,755
Andrew Wiggins (GSW): 264,781Chris Paul (PHX): 128,127
Christian Wood (DET): 261,009CJ McCollum (POR): 104,965
Brandon Ingram (NOP): 230,387Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC): 99,286
Carmelo Anthony (POR): 179,310Klay Thompson (GSW): 99,094
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against the New York Knicks during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Eastern Conference

Kevin Durant (BKN): 2,302,705Bradley Beal (WAS): 1,273,817
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL): 1,752,185Kyrie Irving (BKN): 1,093,611
Joel Embiid (PHI): 1,584,028James Harden (BKN): 1,014,763
Jayson Tatum (BOS): 822,151Jaylen Brown (BOS): 590,195
Jimmy Butler (MIA): 327,929Zach LaVine (CHI): 486,547
Bam Adebayo (MIA): 307,498Trae Young (ATL): 268,126
Domantas Sabonis (IND): 186,275Collin Sexton (CLE): 207,218
Julius Randle (NYK): 175,325Derrick Rose (DET): 183,899
Gordon Hayward (CHA): 159,767Russell Westbrook (WAS): 137,641
Jerami Grant (DET): 134,487Ben Simmons (PHI): 117,993
Jan 31, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) prepares to pass the ball past Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Jokic’s strong start to the season has garnered him significant attention amongst fans, as he ranks just behind LeBron in the West frontcourt, ahead of Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Third-year sensation Luka Doncic comes in at second behind Curry in guards, with Damian Lillard behind him by a wide margin.

Courtesy: CBS Sports


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