Many were shocked to see Milwaukee Bucks young stud Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the NBA All-Star game voting after the first returns but order was quickly restored when Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James took over the overall vote lead after the second returns. He’ll hold on to his lead and take the crown as the first-ever NBA All-Star game team captain under the new format rules.
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com first reported LeBron being the top vote-getter.
LeBron will be the NBA’s All-Star vote leader when final results are announced tonight, I’m told. I guess that would mean he gets first pick in draft
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) January 18, 2018
Stephen Curry was the votes leader for the Western Conference when the second returns were released and he held on to be named a captain.
The starters from the Western Conference and Eastern Conference were officially announced on a TNT broadcast. The starters were selected based off a combination of a fan vote (50 percent), media vote (25 percent) and players vote (25 percent).
2018 NBA All-Star Game Starters
G – Kyrie Irving
G – DeMar DeRozan
F – LeBron James (captain)
F – Giannis Antetokounmpo
F – Joel Embiid
G – Stephen Curry (captain)
G – James Harden
F – Kevin Durant
F – Anthony Davis
F – DeMarcus Cousins
LeBron James will be the first to pick with Curry coming after him. One small wrinkle the NBA made sure to note when they officially announced the teams involved these ten players. The captains must select from the starters player pool first before selecting any of the reserves.
We’ll be sure to update the full list of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game captains, starters and reserves as the teams are announced.
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