Raptors’ Leonard drops to sixth place in NBA all-star voting

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives with the ball against the San Antonio Spurs. (Eric Gay/AP)

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard remains in second place among Eastern Conference forwards after the second return of NBA all-star voting.

However, Leonard dropped from fifth to sixth place in overall voting after Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic jumped up to fourth place.

Leonard’s teammate Kyle Lowry also stayed locked in sixth place among East guards.

Raptors forward Pascal Siakam is currently ninth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players.

Ahead of Leonard, and every other player in the East, is Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo who trails only Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James for the overall lead in all-star votes.

As the leading overall vote-getter so far, James is also atop among Western Conference forwards, with two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors leading among West guards.

Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving leads all East guards.

Fan votes are worth only 50 per cent in determining the all-star game’s starters, with the other half coming down to a combination of player and media vote. Coaches will determine the reserves.

Like last season, the all-star format will be a playground-style pick-em with the two conference-leading vote-getters as captains. Unlike last season, though, the actual selection of the teams will reportedly be televised.

Fans have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 21 to get their votes in. A third report on all-star balloting will come out on Jan. 17 before the final votes are then revealed for the 10 starters on Jan. 24.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game takes place on Feb. 17.

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