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Lakers’ LeBron James leapfrogs Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic in 2020 NBA All-Star Game fan vote

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has leapfrogged the previous top vote-getters in the second return of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game voting, moving ahead of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Dallas Mavericks second-year guard Luka Doncic.

James amassed 3,359,871 votes, more than 100,000 more than reigning MVP Antetokounmpo and 80,000 more than Doncic, who led all candidates in the first return of the fan balloting.

Teammate Anthony Davis trails closely, about 200,000 votes behind James and nearly a million votes more than third-place Kawhi Leonard in the frontcourt votes. If voting were to end today, it would be a frontcourt comprised of those three as the starters.

James Harden trails Doncic by more than a million votes as the second most-voted guard in the West, with the likes of Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry ranking behind with much fewer votes.

In the East, Antetokounmpo is far and away the top vote-getter, nearly doubling Joel Embiid’s 1,784,211 total votes and far exceeding Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks, who leads all Eastern Conference guards in a tight race with second-place Kyrie Irving and third-place Kemba Walker closely behind.

Tacko Fall, the popular Boston Celtics reserve center, continues to get plenty of fan support, ranking sixth in the frontcourt with 543,352 votes, nearly as many as Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who’s only played in four games this season.

So is Alex Caruso, another cult icon of the Lakers, who ranks sixth among Western Conference guards, right behind Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets.

There will be two more weeks of fan voting, the third which will be on Jan. 16 and the final one on Jan. 23, which will be announced on TNT before the start of the nightly double-header during NBA Tip-Off.