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NBA All-Star Game 2020: What has and hasn't changed in the second fan vote returns

The NBA has revealed the second fan vote returns for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

Fans account for 50 percent of the final vote for this year's All-Star Game, which will take place at the United Center in Chicago on Feb. 17. The other 50 percent is made up by current players and a media panel, with each side accounting for 25 percent of the vote.

Voting opened on Dec. 26 and will conclude on Jan. 21.

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With that in mind, here are some takeaways from the second fan vote returns...

The results

The top-10 vote-getters

  1. LeBron James (LAL) - 3,359,871
  2. Luka Doncic (DAL) - 3,277,870
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) - 3,259,383
  4. Anthony Davis (LAL) - 3,124,446
  5. Kawhi Leonard (LAC) - 2,210,539
  6. James Harden (HOU) - 2,167,269
  7. Joel Embiid (PHI) - 1,784,211
  8. Pascal Siakam (TOR) - 1,730,763
  9. Trae Young (ATL) - 1,389,628
  10. Kyrie Irving (BKN) - 1,351,997

If voting ended today, the fan-voted starters would be...

Western Conference Eastern Conference
Guard - James Harden Guard - Trae Young
Guard - Luka Doncic Guard - Kyrie Irving
Forward - Kawhi Leonard Forward - Pascal Siakam
Forward - LeBron James Foward - Giannis Antetokounmpo
Forward - Anthony Davis Centre - Joel Embiid

What's changed?

Not much at the top.

The leading vote-getters are still the same, although LeBron James has overtaken Luka Doncic for the most overall votes.

In the Western Conference frontcourt, Denver Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic has moved up two spots, from seventh place in the first returns to fifth place in the second returns.

Los Angeles guard Alex Caruso has made the biggest jump among Western Conference guards, going from eighth place to sixth place.

In the Eastern Conference, Boston Celtics centre Tacko Fall is still among the leading vote-getters in the frontcourt, sitting behind only Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Jimmy Butler and Jayson Tatum.

In the Eastern Conference backcourt, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet has joined the top 10, surpassing Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie in votes.

VanVleet's backcourt teammate Kyle Lowry has also moved up, going from eighth place to sixth place. As a result, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons has moved down from sixth place to eighth place.

The tightest races for starting spots

The Western Conference is likely set. It's the Eastern Conference where there are still spots up for grabs.

Joel Embiid and Pascal Siakam are still second and third, respectively, in Eastern Conference frontcourt voting, but Jimmy Butler and Jayson Tatum aren't far behind.

It's a similar case in the backcourt: Trae Young and Kyrie Irving remain at the top, but Kemba Walker is a close third. Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose isn't out of the mix either.

Keep in mind that the player and media vote accounts for 25% each, respectively. So the starters won't necessarily be the top vote-getters at each position.

The views expressed here do not represent those of the NBA or its clubs.

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