The second All-Star ballot returns were released today, with three Cleveland Cavaliers players making the list for the second straight time. LeBron James and Kevin Love are both in the the top-15 for forwards, while Irving remained in the top-10 amongst guards.
While both James, the leading vote-getter in the East, and Irving, the second leading vote-getter for guards, held their spots from the first ballot returns released on Dec. 25, Love dropped from sixth to seventh in the second returns amongst East forwards.
The big news revolving the newly released ballots centers around Irving and his increased lead over Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry to nearly 28,000 and Washington Wizards guard John Wall to almost 64,000. Shortly after the first ballot returns came out, Wall commented on Irving's place in the voting despite him only playing two games up to that point, even calling the fan-voting process "a joke."
As of now, James and Irving would join Wade, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond in the East's starting lineup, and would be one of only three teams to have multiple players starting in the All-Star game, joining the Golden State Warriors (Steph Curry and Draymond Green) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook).
Here's the entire ballot from the second returns: