Giannis headed to Los Angeles as All-Star starter

Giannis headed to Los Angeles as All-Star starter

The votes have been counted and Giannis Antetokounmpo is headed to Los Angeles as a starter in next month’s NBA All-Star Game…

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The NBA announced the starters for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday night, with Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo named a starter out of the Eastern Conference.

Known around the league as ‘The Greek Freak,’ Antentokounmpo has been rewarded for his impressive – but not unexpected – start to the season with the Bucks.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, Lebron James, was the leading vote-getter with 2,638,294 fan votes, beating Antetokounmpo (2,530,211) for top spot in the league and for the role of captain out of the Eastern Conference.

Antetokounmpo’s voting haul was still impressive, however, as he beat the likes of the captain out of the Western Conference, Stephen Curry (2,379,494), and last season’s NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Durant (2,238,406).

Joining Antetokounmpo and James as starters out of the Eastern Conference are Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics), Demar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), and Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers).

Out of the Western Conference, captain Curry and his Golden State Warriors teammate Durant, are joined by James Harden (Houston Rockets), and the towering duo of Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) and DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans).

Earlier this season, the NBA announced that the two captains (one from each conference) will be responsible for picking their own team based on the pool of starters and a group of reserve players – the latter set of players to be determined by coaches at a later date.


By Peter Katsiris
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