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Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James lead NBA All-Star voting returns

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Edward Snyder | 06 January, 2018, 03:35

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo is the leading overall vote-getter with 863,416 votes over the 12-day period, while Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James received 856,080.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokoumpo holds a slim lead over five-time MVP LeBron James after the first returns with almost 900,000 votes, and he already knows who he wants if he finishes on top - but not for anything to do with the game itself.

His performances this season have seen him enter the MVP conversation as he's averaging an incredible 29.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. The captains will first choose from the pool of starters, which are selected by a combination of fan balloting, player votes and media selections.

The players will be sorted by their conference and position (guards and frontcourt players), with the two top guards and three top frontcourt players named as starters.

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National Basketball Association coaches will pick reserve players. The player in each conference with the most votes will be his team's captain, and then gets to select players - from either conference - in a back-and-forth draft until the teams are decided. Four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics leads among East guards with 802,834 votes, followed by three-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors (259,368) and Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers (251,886). Two other Warriors' stars, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, rank fourth in their respective categories.

However, it's not former MVPs LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook.

The starters and captains will be revealed January 18, and the reserves will be announced Jan, 23. The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 18.




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