After the first 12 days of voting, Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant emerged as the top players that fans want to see in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is more than seven-thousand votes ahead of Cavaliers star LeBron James with over 863-thousand. Durant is the top vote-getter in the Western Conference with 767,402 votes cast in his favor. 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. Four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics leads among East guards with 802,834 votes, followed by three-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors (259,368) and Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers (251,886). Russell Westbrook is third among backcourt players with 438,469 votes, Paul George is fifth in the frontcourt with 291,495 votes, and Carmelo Anthony rings in at number seven in the frontcourt with 194,239 votes.
It's worth noting that the format for the festivities this year has been changed, with the captains for both conferences participating in a draft where they will have the opportunity to choose their teammates from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves.
The starters and captains will be revealed January 18, and the reserves will be announced Jan, 23.
For the second consecutive year, NBA players and basketball media will join fans in selecting the All-Star Game starters. Rockets fans, it's time to start voting. The NBA's head coaches will still select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences. Voting will conclude on Monday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
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. Each post may include only one player's name.