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

Simmons dunk during in Thursday’s win over San Antonio

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.

The Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, who made his NBA All-Star Game debut last season, is the leading vote-getter in the first fan returns of the 2018 NBA All-Star voting, the NBA confirmed on Thursday.

Golden State's Steph Curry trails at the second spot with 735,115 votes, while Harden is below the teammates with 602,040 votes.

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 Eastern Conference guards voting, Simmons (210,085) is fourth behind Kyrie Irving (802,834), DeMar DeRozan (259,368) and Victor Oladipo (251,886).

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.

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Under a new All-Star Game format, the players who receive the most votes in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will each serve as a captain and will choose teams from the pool of players voted in as starters and reserves.

The reserves will then be selected by National Basketball Association head coaches and the two captains will then draft a team based on the pool of players available. Behind James, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant vie to be the superstar of this generation.

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

The 2018 All-Star Game is slated on February 19 in Los Angeles.

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

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