James, who has averaged 25.2 points, 7.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game this season, has received 552,967 votes. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is second in the balloting with 549,095 votes, slightly more than 3,000 votes shy of James.
After first returns, the East's starting lineup would be Wall, James, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Chicago Bulls forward/center Pau Gasol. The West's starters would be Curry, Bryant, Davis, Griffin and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.
The 2015 NBA All-Star Game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York.
- Stanley Kay