How to get your favorite Rockets players in the All-Star game

How to get your favorite Rockets players in the All-Star game

The NBA announced Thursday that Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James are sitting atop the first batch of voting returns for the 2018 All-Star Game.

Antetokounmpo received 863,416 votes to edge James (856,080) by almost 7,500 votes for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and overall after the first 12 days of balloting.

In the Western Conference, Golden State Warriors teammates Kevin Durant (767,402) and Stephen Curry (735,115) pace the competition. In the Eastern Conference there are only two other players with at least 300,000 votes, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis. Boston's Kyrie Irving leads the guards with 802,834 votes, followed by Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (259,368) and Indiana's Victor Oladipo (251,886).

Klay Thompson and Draymond Green received 359,442 and 325,612 votes respectively.

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Thursday, Jan. 18 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader at 6 p.m. ET, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith.

The 2018 All-Star Game is slated on February 19 in Los Angeles. Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.

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Here are the total votes for each conference.

Fans will comprise 50 percent of the vote, while players and select members of the media will each make up 25 percent of the final tally.

Through 38 games, the two-time All-Star MVP is averaging 27.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists per game. So each team's captain must still pick players who would be All-Stars under the old format, but there are no longer conference restrictions.

Players will be sorted by conference and position (guards and frontcourt players), and the two top guards and three top frontcourt players will be named starters. Fans may post votes for 10 unique players per day through January 15.

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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