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Klay Thompson outpacing Suns’ Devin Booker

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker continues to lose ground on the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson in the most recent return of NBA All-Star fan voting.

As of Thursday’s update, the third provided by the NBA, Booker remains fifth among Western Conference guards with 867,222 votes. Thompson’s stranglehold on the fourth spot increased to nearly 400,000, with the guard garnering 1,240,781 votes.

Last week’s update had Booker sitting at fifth with 648,317 votes, while Thompson garnered 749,038. That’s all despite the Suns guard receiving a mighty voting lift on Twitter from Kendall Jenner, whose tweet has accumulated nearly 13,000 retweets since she posted it on Jan. 7.

The first revealed returns of fan votes favored Thompson’s 367,743 votes to Booker’s 338,526.

Thompson’s return from a two-plus-year absence due to injury has certainly helped the guard increase his lead on Booker. Through five games, Thompson is averaging 15.2 points, three rebounds and 2.2 assists over 21 minutes per outing. He’s shooting 37.7% from the field and 36.1% from long range.

Behind Booker for a second straight week is Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook, who overtook Suns point guard Chris Paul last week for the sixth spot.

As it stands Thursday, Paul sits at 758,336 votes, while Westbrook has 855,990.

Phoenix center Deandre Ayton held his position as the 10th frontcourt player in the voting for a third consecutive week. He is up to 472,402 votes.

Fan voting, which ends Saturday, makes up 50% of the weight on determining NBA All-Star starters, while NBA players and media will each account for 25%.

Head coaches in the league will select All-Star reserves once the starters have been named.

Here is a look at the full results of the All-Star fan voting update this week:

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