Thursday morning the National Basketball Association released the first round of fan voting for the All-Star game, which will be played in Charlotte, North Carolina later this season.
Whether James remains well ahead of the pack remains to be seen, but he undoubtedly will be selected to a 15th career All-Star Game. That means Rose - who tallied 698,086 votes in the first return - is beating out Rockets guard and reigning league MVP James Harden. Current NBA players and a panel of basketball media each account for 25% of the remaining vote.
The fan vote, which opened December 25, accounts for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 All-Star starters. Laker stars like Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma also earned plenty of votes.
Every voter submits a ballot with two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference to determine the starters.
Chasing a starting berth were New Orleans star big man Anthony Davis at 605,417 and Oklahoma City's Paul George on 580,055 with New Zealand center Steven Adams of Oklahoma City next on 261,327. Unlike previous year, the All-Star draft WILL be televised this season although the draft date has not yet been announced. He is now seventh in the polls among Eastern Conference guards with 128,605 votes.
Voting for fans, players and media will conclude January 21.
The 19-year-old point forward was named the December Western Conference Rookie of the Month, becoming the first Mavs player to earn the award in his first two months in the National Basketball Association. Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins - who hasn't played an National Basketball Association game in almost 12 months due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon - is 10th among Western Conference frontcourt players.
TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters, including two captains, on January 24. Reserves will be announced on January 31.