Durant leads NBA All-Star vote, Curry first among guards

Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James lead NBA All-Star voting returns

Giannis Antetokounmpo would pick LeBron James first in NBA All-Star draft

After the National Basketball Association released its first voting return for the 2018 All-Star Game, forward Kevin Durant leads all players around the league with more than 767,000 votes.

This shows the growing popularity of the "Greek Freak" and how he is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting players to watch on the court.

Antetokounmpo, 23, is second in the National Basketball Association in scoring (29.1 points per game) and ranks in the top 20 in blocks, steals and rebounds.

Current NBA players and a select group of media members will account for the remaining 50 percent of the votes. Kyrie Irving is in third place overall in the East after 12 days of voting, while Russell Westbrook is third among guards in the West. Irving left James and the Cavaliers in the summer while Durant controversially chose to leave Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016 for the Warriors.

There will be three frontcourt players and two guards chosen for each starting lineup, meaning Embiid now has a decent chance of starting in the game.

At present, Antetokounmpo, LeBron and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid lead the voting in the frontcourt in the east. The NBA is implementing a new format for this season's All-Star Game wherein each captain will pick their teams from the starters and reserves in either conference. New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis is just behind in fourth.

Golden State star and fan favorite Stephen Curry tops the Western guards with 735,115 votes while Houston's James Harden is at second with 602,040. Los Angeles Lakers rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are also among the top 10 in their positions in the west.

Granted, he'll still need help to lock up a spot among starters from the Eastern Conference before voting ends on January 16.

The starters and captains will be announced Jan. 18, the reserves Jan. 23 and the rosters Jan. 25. The full teams will be declared on January 25.

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