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Steph Curry leads Western Conference guards in first All-Star vote

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant is trailing a surprising name.

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The first All-Star Game votes have been counted, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, Steph Curry is doing very well. The Golden State Warriors superstar leads all Western Conference guards with nearly 800,000 fan votes.

While Curry is doing very well in the voting, some of the other selections are a bit confounding. Second to Curry in guard voting is Derrick Rose which . . . well, that’s one way to vote, I suppose. Probably not the right way to vote, but certainly one way to vote.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant is third in the West’s frontcourt voting, trailing LeBron James (understandable) and Luka Doncic (not so understandable). Draymond Green is ninth in the frontcourt voting, rather laughably behind Kyle Kuzma, but Warriors fans can’t be too mad since DeMarcus Cousins - who hasn’t played a game this year - rounds out the top ten.

The lesson, as always: Fan voting is a bit wonky.

That said, the actual rosters for the 2019 All-Star Game will be a bit different than what you see now. In addition to the fact that there are still a few weeks of voting, and the tallies will change, the fan vote only counts for 50 percent of the tally; the other 50 percent is split between the media and the players, presumably to ensure that things like “Derrick Rose, 2019 All-Star starter” don’t happen. The reserves are then voted on by the coaches.

Unlike last year, Curry is unlikely to be an All-Star captain, as the leading vote-getters from each conference are awarded that privilege. With James joining the Lakers in the offseason, he’s nearly a lock to be the team captain in the West.

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