Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is voted Eastern Conference all-star captain
There is no need for a recount.
As expected, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo easily dominated the voting for the Eastern Conference all-star team, the NBA revealed on Thursday.
Antetokounmpo was voted captain for the second straight season. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James was also selected as Western Conference all-star captain for the second consecutive season.
Starters are selected by 50% of fan voting, 25% by players and 25% by media. James earned the most fan votes with 6,275,459 while Antetokounmpo racked up 5,902,286.
The reigning MVP has been even better this season, playing in 40 of the Bucks' 45 games and averaging 30 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists.
The 69th All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago.
As captains, Antetokounmpo and James will get to pick their own teams. The draft will take place on Feb. 6, with James and Antetokounmpo first choosing among the starters, followed by reserves.
Joining Antetokounmpo as starters from the Eastern Conference are Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.
James' fellow Western Conference starters include Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic.
The all-star reserves will be revealed next Thursday, selected by NBA coaches. Bucks players Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe have strong cases to make the team.
Middleton is averaging 19.5, points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 38 games this season. Bledsoe is one of the top defensive guards in the league while also putting up 14.8 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.
There was no debate about Antetokounmpo's selection.
Antetokounmpo is the only NBA player averaging 30 points and 10 rebounds per game. He is shooting 55.4% and is the first player in Bucks history to start four consecutive All-Star Games.
Last season, Middleton made the all-start team for the first time. In the first season of the captain format, Antetokounmpo made his teammate his first reserve selection.
Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Bledsoe have led the Bucks to the best record in the league at 39-6. They are on pace to become the third NBA to win 70 games after the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72-10) and the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors (73-9).
Milwaukee plays the Charlotte Hornets on Friday in the first NBA game in Paris.