Bucks' Antetokounmpo would select LeBron first for NBA All-Star Game

Tyler Owen
January 6, 2018

The Western Conference seems to be predictable enough so far, with Durant leading Warriors teammate Curry by 32,287 votes.

James, who is aiming for his 14th straight selection to the midseason exhibition, has accumulated more than 856,000 votes, while Antetokounmpo has totaled a shade over 863,000 as the top vote-getter. He 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.

Joining Antetokounmpo and James at the top of the Eastern Conference frontcourt are Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (433,161) and New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (359,459). West matchup, the player who receives the most votes from each conference will serve as a team captain for the game. Fans account for 50 percent of the votes, the other 50 is divided between players and a media panel.

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. 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).

Bucks' Antetokounmpo would select LeBron first for NBA All-Star Game

In the west, Durant and New Orleans Pelicans pair Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the top three in the frontcourt. Draymond Green is now sitting in fourth-place among Western Conference forwards with 325,612 votes, and Klay Thompson is in fourth-place among guards with 359,442 votes.

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

The next round of fan voting will be announced January 11 when things will start to get more interesting.

The NBA's All-Star Game format this year will allow 12 players from each conference onto each team.

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