In news that will shock no one whatsoever, Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most popular players in the NBA. With today’s release of the first batch of fan voting results, the Greek Freak leads all Eastern Conference players with 1,073,358, and is second overall only to wunderkind Luka Doncic (trailing by about 600 votes).
Of course he is. Giannis is the league’s reigning MVP, one of the most exciting players in the game, and figures to rank near (if not at) the top of everybody’s list for years to come. Plays like this don’t hurt either:
Absent from the voting results are...literally any other members of the Milwaukee Bucks. Khris Middleton, a first-time All Star last season, is underrated and somewhat unpopular with Bucks fans, so it’s understandable that All Star voters across the NBA fanbases will overlook him. He’s having a pretty dang good season, so he figures to earn consideration when the players and coaches provide their votes later in the process.
Beyond that, the Bucks just don’t have any players who are producing at a level that garners attention. Brook Lopez is hugely important to the Bucks’ defense, but his shooting woes and lack of PPG will likely keep him from gaining this accolade. Eric Bledsoe does more with counting stats and had some buzz last year, but after missing some time with injury and largely playing more within himself, he’s not likely to be featured in these conversations. George Hill might have a case for Sixth Man of the Year, but All Star spots don’t often go to 6MOY candidates.
Of course, Tacko Fall is on the list for the Eastern Conference front court, so what do I know? Which of Giannis’ teammates deserves to be picked by Giannis once the All Star Game comes around? Who in the league is getting too much, or not enough, buzz for this honor? Let us know in the comments!