WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry are now leading in East and West Conferences in the NBA All-Star Voting 2018, the NBA has revealed recently.
James has now totaled 1,622,838 votes to pass the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (1,480,954) as the top vote-getter in the Eastern Conference and overall. James and Antetokounmpo are followed in the East frontcourt by the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (784,287) and the New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (640,928).
The Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving continues to lead all East guards, ranking third in the conference and overall with 1,370,643 votes. The Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (537,168) is still second among East guards, while Philadelphia's Ben Simmons (397,942) has edged ahead of the Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo (385,448) for third place.
In the Western Conference, Curry (1,369,658) has passed teammate Kevin Durant (1,326,059) to become the leading vote-getter. Curry, the Houston Rockets' James Harden (978,540) and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (791,332) continue to be the top three guards in the West.
Durant maintains the top spot in the West frontcourt. The New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (664,687) remains in second place, while Golden State's Draymond Green (616,730) has moved ahead of New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins (587,835) for third place.
Under a new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between conferences, two captains will choose the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes.
The team rosters will be revealed on Jan. 25 and the NBA All-Star game will take place on Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.