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Bucks' Antetokounmpo leads all players in 2018 NBA All-Star voting

Bucks' Antetokounmpo leads all players in 2018 NBA All-Star voting

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is the leading vote-getter among all players with 863,416 and finds himself ahead of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James by nearly 7,500 votes.

Antetokounmpo, 23, is second in the National Basketball Association in scoring (29.1 points per game) and ranks in the top 20 in blocks, steals and rebounds.

Boston's Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, leads the East Guards with 802,834 votes.

Fan balloting weighs 50 percent of the overall vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each.

There will be three frontcourt players and two guards chosen for each starting lineup, meaning Embiid now has a decent chance of starting in the game.

Although the early returns for starters had Simmons on the outside looking in, teammate Joel Embiid sits in the third and final spot among forwards, more than 70,000 votes ahead of the New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis.

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

This upcoming edition of the mid-season festivities will be using a different format - the top vote getters from the East and West will serve as team captains of their conference and will choose the players from the pool who were chosen by fans, media and colleagues.

In the west, Durant and New Orleans Pelicans pair Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the top three in the frontcourt.

The All-Star Game starters and team captains will be revealed on January 18, while the reserves will be announced on January 23. The team rosters will be revealed on January 25.

The All-Star Game is February 18th in Los Angeles.

Granted, he'll still need help to lock up a spot among starters from the Eastern Conference before voting ends on January 16.


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