Paul George has nearly twice as many votes as the fourth-place finisher, making him a virtual lock to start the midseason classic.
The NBA announced the early returns of the 2016 NBA All-Star voting on Christmas, and Paul George (283,785) ranked second in the frontcourt behind LeBron James (357,937) and third overall behind James and Dwyane Wade (300,595).
Voting ends January 18.
Here are the tally results for the East:
- LeBron James (Cle) 357,937
- Paul George (Ind) 283,785
- Andre Drummond (Det) 148,278
- Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 132,119
- Pau Gasol (Chi) 109,585
- Dwyane Wade (Mia) 300,595
- Kyrie Irving (Cle) 138,191
- Kyle Lowry (Tor) 128,131
- Jimmy Butler (Chi) 111,220
- John Wall (Was) 103,094
This will be Paul George’s third All-Star selection, including his second start.