Saturday, 20 January, 2018

LeBron James second behind Giannis in first All-Star returns

LeBron James second behind Giannis in first All-Star returns LeBron James second behind Giannis in first All-Star returns
Domingo Copeland | 06 January, 2018, 03:34

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is more than seven-thousand votes ahead of Cavaliers star LeBron James with over 863-thousand.

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.

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.

Fan votes, worth 50 percent, are added to media and current players' votes to make up the pool of All-Star players.

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Hoping to spice up the All-Star Game, the National Basketball Association has implemented a unique format for this year's contest in which the vote victor in each conference will pick teams from a selected pool of reserves, pick-up style. James is a close second at 856,080. The two captains will then draft a team based on the pool of players. Behind Antetokounmpo and James are two more of the post-post-James generation-the 76ers' charismatic center Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks. Irving and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (259,368) were the top two guards.

In the west, Durant and New Orleans Pelicans pair Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the top three in the frontcourt. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (438,469) was third. 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.

The 2018 All-Star Game is slated on February 19 in Los Angeles.

There are a bunch of different ways to vote for the All-Star reps, and the fan portion of the voting is open until January 15.

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