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Suns’ Devin Booker still chasing Klay Thompson


Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker did not make up ground on the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson in the second return of NBA All-Star fan voting.

As of Thursday, Booker remains fifth among Western Conference guards with 648,317 votes, while Thompson extended the distance between them and now has 749,038. That’s despite Booker receiving a voting lift on Twitter from Kendall Jenner, whose tweet last week has garnered nearly 13,000 retweets.

It surely helped Thompson that he returned last week from a two-plus-year absence. The first revealed returns of fan votes favored Thompson’s 367,743 votes to Booker’s 338,526 a week ago.

Thompson has appeared in two outings since the first voting results were revealed. While limited to 20 minutes per game, he is averaging 15.5 points since his much-awaited return.

In voting, Booker was followed in fan votes by Chris Paul in the first returns, but Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (576,512) has since overtaken Paul (561,896) in the latest update.

Phoenix center Deandre Ayton has held his position as the 10th frontcourt player in the voting. He has 344,688 votes.

Fan voting 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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