Trae Young increases his lead among Eastern Conference guards in All-Star voting

Hawks guard Trae Young is all smiles during the final minutes of a 123-110 victory over Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns in a NBA basketball game on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, in Atlanta.    Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com
Hawks guard Trae Young is all smiles during the final minutes of a 123-110 victory over Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns in a NBA basketball game on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Among Eastern Conference guards, Trae Young still holds the lead in All-Star fan voting (2,066,924 votes) after the third round of fan returns came in Thursday afternoon.

In fact, his lead has increased.

Young, who ranks third in the NBA in scoring (29.1 points per game) and fourth in assists (8.5 assists per game), has led Eastern Conference guards since the first round of fan voting came out Jan. 2, and Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving has maintained his second-place spot.

Young led Irving by 10,931 votes after the first round of fan votingled him by 37,631 votes after the second round and now leads him by 252,306 votes (Irving has 1,814,618 votes as of Thursday, and Boston's Kemba Walker, who has maintained his third-place spot through all three rounds, has 1,797,633 votes).

For Eastern Conference frontcourt players, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo leads with 4,474,107 votes. In the Western Conference, the Lakers’ LeBron James leads frontcourt players with 4,747,887 votes and Dallas’ Luka Doncic leads guards with 4,598,323 votes.

Voting concludes Jan. 20. Fans account for 50% of the vote determining the All-Star game’s 10 starters, with current NBA players and media accounting for 25% each. The game’s starters and captains (the player from each conference accumulating the most votes) will be revealed Jan. 23, and the All-Star draft will take place Feb. 6, where the captains choose from the starters and reserves regardless of conference affiliation (reserves are chosen by NBA coaches).

The All-Star game will take place Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago.

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