The “Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is leading the vote tally in the Eastern Conference so far for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which is set to take place next month in North Carolina.
Antetokounmpo is not a newcomer to the All-Star game, since he was also chosen in the previous two seasons. And so far this year, he has racked up more votes than any other Eastern Conference player, with a total of some 991,561 votes in the frontcourt group.
According to the latest fan vote count in the “NBA All-Star Voting 2019” competition, the Milwaukee Bucks’ star is in second place nationally, just behind the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, who leads the Western Conference vote tally.
The voting system which determines the ten starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game is set up so that fans account for 50 percent of the vote, while current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote.
The final vote count, taking into account those of fans, players and media, will conclude on Monday, January 21, at 11:59 PM ET.
The greatly-anticipated game is set to take place at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday, February 17, at 8 PM ET (0100 GMT local time on Feb 18th). It will be aired on the TNT network.
Fans will have to wait until Thursday, January 24th for TNT to reveal the final list of All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains.
The following week, on Thursday, January 31, the TNT network will announce the reserves for the game, who are selected by NBA head coaches.