The 2018 NBA All-Star starters were announced on Thursday evening. The players were picked based on votes from other players, fans, and certain media personnel. The voting ended on Monday. In this new format, two players are picked to “draft” teams from the other starters voted into the game. The two captains consist of the top vote-getters from each conference. The final rosters will be announced on Thursday, January 25.
Milwaukee’s star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was voted as a starter in the All-Star game played in Los Angeles on February 18. Cleveland’s LeBron James received the highest amount of votes in the Eastern Conference, making him one of the two captains who will draft their teams for the big game. Joining Antetokounmpo as starters from the Eastern Conference are Toronto’s DeMar Derozan, Boston’s Kyrie Irving, and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid.
Stephen Curry received the most votes in the Western Conference and will be the second captain drafting a team to compete against LeBron James’ squad. Other starters from the Western Conference include Golden State’s Kevin Durant, Houston’s James Harden, and New Orleans teammates DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
As for Antetokounmpo, he’ll enter the All-Star game as one of the league’s hottest players. Through 42 games, Giannis is averaging 28.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Antetokounmpo is also shooting a 54.6% field goal percentage.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has played a crucial role for the Bucks and has been relied on more and more over the years. He went from playing an average of 24.6 minutes per game to now playing an average of 37.4 minutes per game.