Kevin Durant and Steph Curry Lead Western Conference All-Star Voting

VIDEO Giannis Antetokounmpo Offers Surprising Reason Why He Would Pick Le Bron James No. 1 in All Star Game

VIDEO Giannis Antetokounmpo Offers Surprising Reason Why He Would Pick Le Bron James No. 1 in All Star Game

The leader, as of Thursday's announcement, was none other than Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has continued his ascent following his first All-Star Game appearance and start last season.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokoumpo holds a slim lead over five-time MVP LeBron James after the first returns with almost 900,000 votes, and he already knows who he wants if he finishes on top - but not for anything to do with the game itself. Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks, but is a career 27.6 per cent shooter on threes in his fifth season.

Starters for the game are determined by a combination of fan voting (50 percent), voting from current players (25 percent) and voting from basketball media (25 percent).

In the West, Durant is joined at the top of the frontcourt by two members of the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis (393,000) and DeMarcus Cousins (356,340). Speaking with the media Friday, Antetokounpo revealed he's select James No. 1 overall if he were elected as an All-Star Game captain, and his reasoning makes flawless sense. New York's Kristaps Porzingis (359,459) was fourth. The captains will be the All-Star starters from each conference who receive the most fan votes in respective conferences. 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.

The All-Star Game is February 18th in Los Angeles.

There are still 11 more days left in the All-Star voting, which will conclude on January 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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