With 2,638,294 votes, LeBron James received the most votes among all players for the 2018 All-Star game. As a result, he will be a team captain with Warriors guard Stephen Curry serving as the other captain. Curry finished second overall with 2,379,494 votes.
This year’s game will be James’ 14th consecutive All-Star start. Only Kobe Bryant has more. It is also the fifth time James has been the league’s leading vote getter.
In addition to James, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and 76ers center Joel Embiid were voted in as starters in the Eastern Conference. Joining Curry from the Western Conference are Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins and Rockets guard James Harden.
As team captain, James will pick teams. The NBA has no known plans to televise the draft, meaning we won’t see James pick his team live. The first eight picks in the draft must be starters voted in by fans. The rest of the All-Stars, as decided by coaches, will be announced on Jan. 25 on TNT.
Kevin Love, the only other Cavalier with a realistic shot of being an All-Star, finished fifth in frontcourt voting. Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade finished seventh and ninth among guards, respectively.
The 2018 All-Star game takes place on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.