Giannis Leads All-Star Voting

Giannis Leads All-Star Voting

Giannis Leads All-Star Voting

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons' Twitter campaigns to make the all-star game seem to be off to a good start, considering their position among Eastern Conference players after the National Basketball Association all-star voting first returns were released today. In the Western Conference, Kevin Durant leads with 767,402 votes and teammate Stephen Curry is next with 735,115 - a difference of 32,287 votes.

Antetokounmpo and James were followed by Philadelphia center Joel Embiid for most votes among frontcourt players, while former Cav Kyrie Irving (802,834) and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (259,368) were the leading guards. Russell Westbrook is third among backcourt players with 438,469 votes, Paul George is fifth in the frontcourt with 291,495 votes, and Carmelo Anthony rings in at number seven in the frontcourt with 194,239 votes.

In the new format of the All-Star Game, the two players who get the most votes in both conferences will be the captains for each team where they will pick their squad from the rest of the nominated players for the contest. Two other Warriors' stars, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, rank fourth in their respective categories. Full team rosters will be announced on January 25. Those two players will serve as captains for the 67th All-Star Game, which will be played February 18 in Los Angeles.

LeBron has been an efficient scorer this season shooting at least 50 percent from the field in 31 out of 38 games played. To cast your vote for your favorite Thunder players, you can do so right here.

With the results of the first round of All-Star voting released on Thursday evening, Bucks fans were treated with a nice surprise as the leading All-Star vote getter so far is Antetokounmpo at 863,416 total votes. Voting will conclude on Monday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

This shows the growing popularity of the "Greek Freak" and how he is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting players to watch on the court.

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