The All-Star Game captains and starters will be announced on TNT Jan. 18, and the reserves will be announced Jan. 23.
It should be noted that while Antetokounmpo is the leader in Eastern Conference votes through the first round of voting, there are still two more rounds for James to erase his current 7,336-vote deficit. I also think LeBron will overtake him for the Eastern Conference voting lead, but Antetokounmpo is in contention.
He is second in the National Basketball Association in terms of scoring with 29.1 points per game which is only lower to Houston Rockets' James Harden's 32.2 points a night.
Granted, he'll still need help to lock up a spot among starters from the Eastern Conference before voting ends on January 16.
Because the fan vote is diluted, it's fairly unlikely that we will see players like Manu Ginobili (fifth among Western Conference guards in the fan vote), Lonzo Ball (eighth among West guards), Kyle Kuzma (ninth among the West frontcourt), or Enes Kanter (ninth among the East frontcourt).
Camera Icon Ben Simmons is currently in fourth
Under a new format meant to help balance the popular vote against fielding players who deserve to start, fans are set to make up half of the vote, and players and about 75 media members will account for the other half.
Irving and Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan are the leading guards in their conference with the Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo in third. The captains will be the All-Star starters from each conference who receive the most fan votes in respective conferences.
For the first time ever, the All-Star starter from each conference with the most votes will be named the team captain.