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LeBron James Leads All-Star Voting for 3rd Straight Year
The NBA kingdom has spoken in favor of King James.
For the third straight year and sixth time in his career, LeBron James led all players in All-Star fan voting, with more than 4.6 million this time around.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo was second with nearly 4.4 million votes.
Fans accounted for 50 percent of the voting process, while players and media represented 25 percent apiece.
With LeBron leading the league, he becomes a captain for the All-Star Game in Charlotte, meaning that he will draft players for his team to face the squad selected by Giannis.
James has led All-Star voting in 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2017-19. He is the first Laker to do so since Kobe Bryant, who had four years on top, including his final season in 2016.
The only other Laker to lead fan voting was Magic Johnson, in back-to-back years (1985-86).
With his 15th career All-Star appearance, James ties Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O’Neal for the third-most in NBA history, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18).
James has also dominated in the game itself, earning All-Star MVP trophies in 2006, 2008 and last year at STAPLES Center.
When he takes the floor in Charlotte on Feb. 17, he will do so as the all-time leader in All-Star scoring (343) and points per game (24.5).