Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo leads NBA All-Star voting

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo leads NBA All-Star voting

The NBA All-Star's first voting returns are in, and Giannis Antetokounmpo is the top overall vote getter, tallying 863,416 votes since voting opened on December 21.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics star guard Kyrie Irving come in at second and third place with 856,080 and 802,834 votes, respectively. In the Eastern Conference there are only two other players with at least 300,000 votes, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis.

Irving and Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan are the leading guards in their conference with the Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo in third.

In the West, Durant and New Orleans tandem Anthony Davis (393,000) and DeMarcus Cousins (356,340) led in the frontcourt while Curry and Houston's James Harden (602,040) were the top guards. Golden State's Draymond Green (325,612) was fourth.

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The All-Star Game captains and starters will be announced on TNT Jan. 18, and the reserves will be announced Jan. 23. Full team rosters will be announced on January 25. The game is February 18 at Staples Center. The leading vote-receiver from each conference will be given rights to choose his team, but starters will be pre-determined by the results.

The next fan voting update will be shared on Friday, Jan. 12 (AEDT), with fan voting ending on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Each player's score will be calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes.

Because the fan vote is diluted, it's fairly unlikely that we will see players like Manu Ginobili (fifth among Western Conference guards in the fan vote), Lonzo Ball (eighth among West guards), Kyle Kuzma (ninth among the West frontcourt), or Enes Kanter (ninth among the East frontcourt). Curry has now recovered from his ankle injury, and he should be a shoe-in to make the fifth All-Star Game of his National Basketball Association career.

If the voting holds, there's a strong likelihood that Durant or Curry will end up as one of the captains for the game, which will increase the pressure on a player who is forced to draft his remaining 11 teammates.

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