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Damian Lillard Sits No. 6 in First NBA All-Star Returns

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The fan vote has Lillard in the middle of the pack after the first returns.

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is No. 6 among backcourt players in the first returns from the NBA All-Star Game fan vote, the NBA announced Thursday afternoon. Lillard has received 200,609 votes so far, which places him above the SpursDeMar DeRozan (197,524 votes) and below the WarriorsKlay Thompson (247,618 votes):

As Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck points out, the fan vote is only 50 percent of the All-Star starter voting criteria, with the player and media votes each counting for 25 percent on their own:

All-Star reserves are chosen through a vote by the head coaches in the player’s respective conference.

Lillard is currently averaging 26.7 points, 5.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 35.4 minutes per game; he is a three-time All-Star.

The NBA All-Star Game is Feb. 17 and will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. The West backcourt is currently led by Stephen Curry (793,111 votes) after the first returns.