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LeBron James, Kevin Durant lead first round of NBA All-Star voting

The first tallies from the Western and Eastern Conference via fan voting are out.

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets reaches for the ball as Nicolas Batum of the LA Clippers defends during the second half at Barclays Center on February 02, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Nets won 124-120. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The NBA released the first round of fan voting for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. There aren’t too many surprises so far with LeBron James leading voting in the Western Conference while Kevin Durant leads things in the Eastern Conference. The reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo comes in with the second-highest votes among East players behind KD. The East backcourt could feature two of the Big 3 from the Brooklyn Nets in James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

Let’s take a look at some surprising veterans picking up votes. This actually isn’t all that surprising. Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose still have pretty big fan bases and are receiving plenty of fan votes. That doesn’t mean either player will get voted into the game, however. Andrew Wiggins is more surprising from a performance standpoint, though he isn’t ahead of anyone overly shocking in the West front court voting. Wiggins’ teammate, Klay Thompson, is getting some votes out of respect. I think we all wish Klay could participate.