The fans, media and NBA players have spoken and they’ve made something quite clear: more than any other player in the Eastern Conference, they want to see Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in the NBA All-Star Game.
All the votes were tallied from a process that began on Christmas and it was Antetokounmpo with 4,375,747 fan votes, who earned top billing.
He got the nod across the board, also getting the most votes among players as well as a media contingent that completed the voting body.
His performance in the popular vote trailed on Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who finished with a league-best 4,620,809 votes from fans for the game that will be played on Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
“It speaks to how incredible of a player he is, how much excitement he creates for fans and people want to follow him and watch him and I guess vote for him in this case,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said of Antetokounmpo. “For him to reach that status and that level I think it’s much deserved and I think it’s exciting for all us that are around him each day and get to see him work and the tone he sets for our organization, the teammate he is – it’s just well deserved.”
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