If Giannis Antetokounmpo remains atop the Eastern Conference All-Star voting, the Milwaukee Bucks star already knows who his first pick as a team captain will be. The Bucks" "Greek Freak', who ranks second in the National Basketball Association behind Harden in points-per-game, leads James by 7,336 votes among frontcourt players.
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"The Greek Freak" leads Eastern Conference players with 863,416 votes while James follows closely behind at 856,080. Durant is the top vote-getter in the Western Conference with 767,402 votes cast in his favor. The 10 starters - two guards and three frontcourt players per conference - will continue to be chosen by a combination of fans (50% of the vote), current players (25%) and basketball media (25%). Most notably, it won't be East vs.
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Ranked second in player efficiency rating, Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.1 points - the second-most in the National Basketball Association - 10.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks while leading the Bucks to a 20-16 record heading into Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The starters, including the two captains, will be announced January 18 on TNT. Those captains will then draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves, making selections without regard for conference affiliation. Those captains then will make picks from the reserve pool, which is selected by National Basketball Association coaches.
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