With less than one week remaining in the All-Star fan vote, LeBron James still holds a narrow lead over Luka Doncic for the overall lead.
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The 15-time All-Star is no stranger to leading the field when it comes to All-Star voting as he's finished first in each of the last three seasons.
Here is the schedule for 2020 All-Star voting (all dates ET):
- Christmas Day: voting begins
- January 2: first update on fan vote
- January 9: second update on fan vote
- January 16: third update on fan vote
- January 20: final day for voting
- January 23: All-Star starters announced
- January 30: All-Star reserves announced
Here is a look at the year-by-year leaders dating back to the 1974-75 season, which is when fans first had the opportunity to vote. Prior to that season, a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters were responsible for selecting the All-Star starters along with three reserves for each Conference. Coaches then determined the rest of the roster.
* Through second release
Here's a breakdown of the total number of times that players have led in All-Star voting. This does not include this year, which would be the seventh year leading for LeBron James.
You'll notice that total votes have not been included. While it is able to find them elsewhere, it's important to note that the manner in which voting has changed is so significant that it's impossible to make apples-to-apples comparison from one era to the next. Today's vote is mostly online and over social media with "2-for-1 voting" promotions that count votes twice for certain days. Contrast that with previous eras in which fans could only submit paper ballots found in actual NBA arenas, and it becomes clear why comparing the voting totals for LeBron James and Michael Jordan to be difficult.
For that reason, we've omitted the inclusion of total votes.