Ben Simmons' hopes of starting in this year's NBA All-Star game are slipping away.
The NBA released the latest fan vote on Thursday and the Australian dropped from sixth to eighth among eastern conference guards.
Ben Simmons (left) is trailing in NBA All-Star voting.Credit:AP
Fans account for 50 per cent of the final vote. A media panel accounts for 25 per cent and current NBA players the remaining 25 per cent. Voting concludes on January 20.
The two starting guards and three frontcourt players from each conference will be announced on January 23 and the remaining reserves, selected by NBA head coaches, on January 30.
Simmons made his All-Star debut last year as a reserve.
LeBron James was the big mover among fan votes the past week.
The Los Angeles Lakers' veteran overtook the Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic and the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo for the overall top spot.
The top fan vote-getters in the eastern and western conferences will be named captains of each team and will select their squads from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.
The captains can pick players from both conferences.
LATEST VOTING FOR NBA ALL-STARS
Western frontcourt: LeBron James 3,359,871; Anthony Davis 3,124,446 (LA Lakers); Kawhi Leonard 2,210,539 (LA Clippers); Paul George 845,719 (LA Clippers); Nikola Jokic 559,881 (Denver Nuggets).
Western backcourt: Luka Doncic 3,277,870; James Harden 2,167,269 (Houston Rockets); Damian Lillard 687,855 (Portland TrailBlazers); Stephen Curry 595,913 (Rockets); Russell Westbrook 581,500 (Rockets).
Eastern frontcourt: Antetokounmpo 3,259,383; Joel Embiid 1,784,211 (76ers); Pascal Siakam 1,730,763 (Toronto); Jimmy Butler 1,400,293 (Miami Heat); Jayson Tatum 1,182,663 (Boston Celtics).
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