(Undated) The "Greek Freak" is setting the pace in fan voting for next month's NBA All-Star Game.
Kevin Durant is the leading vote-getter among Western Conference players with 767,402 votes and his teammate Steph Curry comes in at number two in the West with 735,115 votes.
Curry and Houston's James Harden (602,040) were the top two guards.
Under a new All-Star Game format, the player who receives the most votes in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will each serve as a captain and will choose teams from the pool of players voted in as starters and reserves.
Captains and starters will be announced January 18 on TNT, while reserves, as voted on by National Basketball Association head coaches, will be revealed Jan 23. The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 18. That total put him ahead of James by 7,336 votes. Alternately he could hold a starting spot after the fan vote and have the media and players select someone else. Fans account for 50 percent of the vote in determining who starts, with players and media accounting for 25 percent of the vote each.
Another new feature that will be added is both teams will be playing for charity.
The players will be sorted by their conference and position (guards and frontcourt players), with the two top guards and three top frontcourt players named as starters.
Through 38 games, the two-time All-Star MVP is averaging 27.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists per game.
NBA fans may submit one full ballot each day through NBA.com, the NBA App (available on Android and iOS), Twitter, Facebook and Google Search, as well as via Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblogs in China.