(670 The Score) Bulls star DeMar DeRozan continued to lead Eastern Conference guards in All-Star fan voting in the latest returns Thursday, putting him in good shape to start the contest.
DeRozan had 2.97 million votes, outpacing the Hawks’ Trae Young (nearly 1.6 million) in the East backcourt. The Bulls’ Zach LaVine moved up one spot from last week, ranking third among East guards with 1.44 million votes.
Nets star Kevin Durant leads the East with nearly 4.1 million votes, while Warriors star Steph Curry leads the entire NBA with nearly 4.5 million votes. Here’s a look at the voting so far.
Fan voting makes up 50% of the All-Star ballot in deciding the starters for the game. Media and player voting also make up 25% apiece.
NBA head coaches select the All-Star reserves. Two team player captains then hold a draft to select their squads among the players who were named All-Stars, regardless of conference affiliation.
TNT will reveal the All-Star starters and team captains on Jan. 27. Reserves will then be revealed on Feb. 3. The All-Star Game will be held on Feb. 20 in Cleveland.