Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo leads NBA All-Star voting

Dean Simpson
January 6, 2018

He only trailed Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James.

The NBA announced Thursday that Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James are sitting atop the first batch of voting returns for the 2018 All-Star Game.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.1 points in 34 games this season and ranks second in the National Basketball Association in scoring.


The starters will be determined by the voting system which, like last season, sees the fans get 50 percent and players and media share 25 percent each.

In the West, Durant is joined at the top of the frontcourt by two members of the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis (393,000) and DeMarcus Cousins (356,340).

Joining Antetokounmpo and James, a 13-time All-Star, at the top of the Eastern Conference frontcourt are Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (433,161) and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks (359,459). Speaking with the media Friday, Antetokounpo revealed he's select James No. 1 overall if he were elected as an All-Star Game captain, and his reasoning makes flawless sense. Boston's Kyrie Irving leads the guards with 802,834 votes, followed by Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (259,368) and Indiana's Victor Oladipo (251,886). The captains will be the All-Star starters from each conference who receive the most fan votes in respective conferences.


Curry and Houston's James Harden (602,040) were the top two guards.

Under the NBA's new voting process, the two top vote getters in each conference - now Antetokounmpo and Durant - will select rosters from a player pool.

This year's All-Star game will take place in Los Angeles on February 18. Voting will conclude on Monday, January 15th at 11:59 p.m. ET.


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