Kevin Durant and Steph Curry Lead Western Conference All-Star Voting

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The NBA on Thursday officially released the first returns of the fan voting for the 2018 All-Star Game.

Durant came in third among all National Basketball Association players, behind Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (863,416), and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (856,080). Kevin Durant is the conference's top vote getter, accruing more than 767,000 votes.

Simmons, who is averaging 16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game, finished fourth among guards, trailing Kyre Irving, DeMar DeRozan, and Victor Oladipo.

In the Western Conference, Durant, New Orleans' Anthony Davis (393,000) and teammate DeMarcus Cousins (356,340) were the top three frontcourt players.

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Beyond them, the only other player out west to get more than 500,000 votes is Rockets star and one of the favorites to be named the league MVP, James Harden. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference, and the rosters will be chosen by the two captains.

The All-Star Game captains and starters will be announced on TNT Jan. 18, and the reserves will be announced Jan. 23. The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 18. Embiid has earned popularity both for his play and his engaging personality in a rebuilding 76ers team that figures to be among the Eastern Conference's best over the next few years. The fan vote, measured above, is worth 50 percent of the voting, while players and certain media members will also submit ballots, which will be worth 25 percent each. The leading vote-receiver from each conference will be given rights to choose his team, but starters will be pre-determined by the results.

The captains will be the top vote-getter from each conference, which based upon Thursday's update would be Antetokounmpo and Durant.

There are still 11 more days left in the All-Star voting, which will conclude on January 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST.