Chicago (USA) (EFE).- The Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, surpassed Kevin Durant, of the Brooklyn Nets, this Thursday, and is the most voted in the Eastern Conference of the NBA two days before closing of the voting to choose the participants in the next All-Star of Salt Lake City.
The NBA carried out its third poll since voting opened on December 21 and the ones that have received the most preferences from fans are Antetokounmpo, in the East, and LeBron James, of the Los Angeles Lakers, in the West. .
Antetokounmpo snatched the first place in the East from Durant by 132,014 votes, according to data provided by the NBA, while the podium of the most voted is completed by Jayson Tatum, of the Boston Celtics.
In the West, Serbian Nikola Jokic is currently second, with Anthony Davis in third position.
The participants in the game of the stars are decided by 50% depending on the votes of the fans, while the selected players and media weigh 25% each in the final result.
Fans can vote for their favorite players through the NBA app until Saturday, January 21 at midnight ET.
Those who have the so-called ‘NBA ID’, which offers a series of extra benefits in the NBA application, can vote every day through the application and also on the official website of the American league.
The players chosen for the starting lineup for the all-star match will be revealed on January 26 on the ‘TNT’ channel, which will broadcast the ‘All-Star’ live.
NBA, prepared to celebrate the possible record of LeBron
The NBA is preparing a series of special events for the game in which LeBron James becomes the player with the highest scoring in league history, commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday.
Silver explained, at a press conference in Paris on the occasion of the Bulls-Pistons game that is being played today in the French capital on the occasion of the return of the NBA to Europe after the interruption due to the pandemic, that they are working so that the game in the that this record is likely to be broken will be televised nationally and internationally.
“There is no doubt that we will stop that game and record the ball, the basket and the uniform for history,” he advanced.
“In all probability we will do something at the moment”, although he did not give more details because he does not want to distract the players too much.
Silver indicated that it is foreseeable that James reaches the record before the All-Star Game in Salt Lake City (February 19), so that meeting would be “the perfect opportunity to honor him.”
The current scoring record is held by the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with 38,387 points, while the Los Angeles Lakers forward currently stands at 38,104.