With the results of the combined, fan, media, and player voting confirmed, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named as a 2020 All-Star captain.
Stage one of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s year of the repeat has officially been completed.
With the Milwaukee Bucks superstar also on track to earn MVP honors again this season, on Thursday night he was officially confirmed as the Eastern Conference’s leader in All-Star votes for the second consecutive year.
Of course, that also means that Antetokounmpo will again take his place as a team captain, in what will be a rematch for him against a team captained by LeBron James, when the 2020 All-Star Game takes place in Chicago’s United Center on February 16.
Overall, this makes for Antetokounmpo’s fourth All-Star appearance. The Greek sensation has made the team for each of the last four seasons since his debut in New Orleans back in 2017, and has been a starter on all four occasions too.
Unsurprisingly, Antetokounmpo topped the vote in the Eastern Conference among fans, players, and the media on this occasion.
Antetokounmpo’s ever-soaring popularity was unquestionably a major factor in him securing the East’s All-Star captaincy yet again, but it goes without saying that his play has ensured he is more than deserving of that honor too.
Through 42 games played so far this season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 30 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 blocks in just 30.6 minutes per game, while shooting 55.4 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from deep, and 60.6 percent from the free throw line. To top things off, Giannis is the clear leading light on a Bucks team that has roared through the NBA with a 39-6 record to this point in the year.
Now, the big question for Bucks fans is whether Antetokounmpo will be surrounded by friendly faces in the All-Star Game. Both Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe certainly stand a very good chance of joining their teammate when the players selected by coaches as All-Star reserves are announced on Thursday, January 30.
With Antetokounmpo and the Bucks currently in Paris, and gameday just around the corner on Friday against the Charlotte Hornets, hopefully Giannis and co. are fast asleep, overcoming jet lag, and won’t learn about his latest All-Star accolade until the morning.