Nigerian-born Greek basketball star, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks continue to lead NBA All-Star voting in latest fan ballot returns, alongside Los Angeles Lakers’ star, LeBron James.
While Antetokounmpo is soaring on the scales, back-to-back NBA finals Most Valuable Player, Kevin Durant has been knocked out of the Western Conference starting lineup.
While Durant has been displaced by Oklahoma City’s Paul George, it is a different story for Antetokounmpo, whose odds continue rising.
With voting still under way, George is part of a Western Conference starting five led by James and also featuring Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose and Durant’s Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry.
James leads all vote-getters with 2,779,812, while Antetokounmpo is second with 2,670,816 and leads an Eastern Conference starting five.
Antetokounmpo heads list that currently includes Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.
Fan make up 50 percent of the voting for the 10 starters for the All-Star Game, which will take place on February 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with those voters completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.
Players may vote for their teammates or themselves, but they must note that the process concludes on January 21.