Sport Giannis Antetokounmpo leads LeBron James in early NBA All-Star voting

03:10  05 january  2018
03:10  05 january  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The first round of fan voting has Durant and Stephen Curry at the top of the West with Antetokounmpo edging out LeBron James in the East. Getty Image. There’s always intrigue when it comes to the NBA players that get the highest number of All - Star Game votes .

Home News NBA All - Star : LeBron James Leads All Players In First Voting Returns. Eastern Conference Frontcourt 1 LeBron James (CLE) 595,288 2 Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 500,663 3 Kevin Love (CLE) 250,347 4 Joel Embiid (PHI) 221,984 5 Carmelo Anthony (NY) 189,817 6 Jimmy

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo leads LeBron James in the first returns of fan voting for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.

Antetokounmpo, who made his ASG debut last season, has 863,416 votes, edging James (856,080 votes) in balloting for the Eastern Conference team. James has led All-Star balloting four times in his career, including last season.

In Western Conference voting, Warriors teammates Kevin Durant (767,402 votes) and Stephen Curry (735,115) stand well above everyone else. James Harden is third overall, with 602,040 votes, followed by Pelicans teammates Anthony Davis (393,000) and DeMarcus Cousins (356,340).

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Giannis Antetokounmpo ahead of LeBron James after first 12 days of All - Star fan vote . Antetokounmpo is ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James by nearly 7,500 votes and leads Kyrie Irving by more than 50,000 votes .

Stephen Curry and LeBron James are also at the top of the voting . Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) is the early leader in the NBA All - Star voting . 10 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 25,926.

Kyrie Irving is third overall on the Eastern Conference ballot with 802,834 votes, followed by Joel Embiid (433,161) and Kristaps Porzingis (359,459).

The fan vote accounts for 50 percent of the All-Star starters' selection, with players and a media panel each getting a 25-percent vote. Three frontcourt players and two guards in each conference will be named starters.

The All-Star Game starters will be announced on TNT on Jan. 18. Reserves will be announced Jan. 25 for the Feb. 18 exhibition at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here's a rundown of the early voting, from NBA.com.

NBA All-Star voting results

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 863,416

2. LeBron James (CLE) 856,080

3. Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161

4. Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 359,459

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The NBA announced on Thursday that Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James are sitting atop the first batch of voting A complete look at the early balloting distributions can be viewed below: 2018 NBA All - Star @NBAAllStar.

The first fan returns of NBA All - Star Voting 2017 were released today, and Giannis Antetokounmpo found his name near the top. Receiving 500,663 votes , Giannis ranked second in the Eastern Conference for frontcourt players, behind only LeBron James (595,288).

5. Kevin Love (CLE) 221,969

6. Al Horford (BOS) 120,016

7. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 98,586

8. Andre Drummond (DET) 85,374

9. Enes Kanter (NYK) 83,102

10. Dwight Howard (CHA) 57,730

Guards

1. Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834

2. DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 259,368

3. Victor Oladipo (IND) 251,886

4. Ben Simmons (PHI) 210,085

5. John Wall (WAS) 175,990

6. Dwyane Wade (CLE) 165,163

7. Isaiah Thomas (CLE) 87,680

8. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 85,070

9. Bradley Beal (WAS) 71,079

10. Jaylen Brown (BOS) 51,562

Western Conference

Frontcourt

1. Kevin Durant (GSW) 767,402

2. Anthony Davis (NOP) 393,000

3. DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) 356,340

4. Draymond Green (GSW) 325,612

5. Paul George (OKC) 291,495

6. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650

7. Carmelo Anthony (OKC) 194,239

8. Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 188,240

9. Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 184,338

Giannis Antetokounmpo standing in front of a crowd: LeBron James guards Giannis Antetokounmpo © (Getty Images) LeBron James guards Giannis Antetokounmpo

10. LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS) 153,599

Guards

1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 735,115

2. James Harden (HOU) 602,040

3. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 438,469

4. Klay Thompson (GSW) 359,442

5. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460

6. Chris Paul (HOU) 174,343

7. Damian Lillard (POR) 148,622

8. Lonzo Ball (LAL) 120,817

9. Devin Booker (PHO) 91,562

10. Jimmy Butler (MIN) 88,009

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