Get your pulse racing with Bucks All-Star video: EKG, The Heartbeat of Milwaukee
From 2005 until 2017, the Milwaukee Bucks had zero players selected to the NBA All-Star Game. Then, last season, Giannis Antetokounmpo was not only selected, he was voted in by his adoring fans as a starter, the franchise's first in more than 30 years. Oh, how things have changed.
This season, Antetokounmpo is leading the league in All-Star votes, a shoo-in to be chosen again as a starter. And under the new All-Star Game format this year, the vote winner in each conference gets to pick his team from a select pool of reserves, playground-style. Last week, the Greek Freak was asked who he would pick first if he was the captain.
"Hopefully, (Bucks guards Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe) can be part of it, and I'm going to be able to vote my teammates into the game," Antetokounmpo said. "If my teammates are available, I'm going with my teammates.
"But if not, I've got to go with LeBron James, the best player in the world, so we can have a good relationship for the free agency. You never know, he might come play here."
James certainly would be a solid first pick, but the Bucks are doing everything they can to grant Antetokounmpo's wish and give him the opportunity to choose his teammates. The organization branded the trio "EKG" – for their first names – and has made a strong push for Middleton and Bledsoe to join Antetokounmpo, on Wednesday dropping a new promotional video: EKG, The Heartbeat of Milwaukee.
While Antetokounmpo, the uber-popular prankster, dominates Bucks box scores, Middleton and Bledsoe have put up worthy stat lines, as well. Middleton is second on the team in scoring, averaging 20.3 points, along with 5.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Bledsoe, who was acquired in a trade with the Suns in December, is averaging 18.0 points, 4.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
For the second straight year, NBA players and basketball media join fans in selecting the All-Star Game starters. Fans account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel account for 25 percent each. There are numerous ways for fans to cast their All-Star ballots, including on NBA.com and the NBA App, Facebook, Twitter and Google. Check out the Bucks website for more information.
The next fan vote update will be shared on Jan. 11, and voting concludes on Jan. 15.
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