Bucks point guard Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named a starter for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game, which will take place on February 19th in New Orleans.
Antetokounmpo will join Kyrie Irving and LeBron James of the Cavaliers, Jimmy Butler of the Bulls, and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors as the starting squad for the East. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant of the Warriors, James Harden of the Rockets, Kawhi Leonhard of the Spurs, and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans will be the starters for the West.
Antetokounmpo is a first-time All-Star selection and the first Bucks player selected since Michael Redd was an All-Star in the 2003-2004 season. He is the first Milwaukee starter since Sidney Moncrief in 1986.
In his fourth season in the NBA, Giannis is averaging 23.7 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 5.6 APG, 2.1 BPG, and 1.8 SPG, all career highs and Bucks season highs – subsequently, he’s the only player in the NBA currently to lead his team in all five offensive categories. His PER of 28.38 is second in the NBA to only Russell Westbrook, who was notably not named a starter for the All-Star Game.
The Bucks sit at 20-21, and are tied with the Bulls for 8th place in the Eastern Conference. Their next game is Friday in Orlando.