Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Giannis Antetokounmpo would pick LeBron James first in NBA All-Star draft

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Chelsea Rogers | 06 January, 2018, 03:38

The leader, as of Thursday's announcement, was none other than Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has continued his ascent following his first All-Star Game appearance and start last season.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons' Twitter campaigns to make the all-star game seem to be off to a good start, considering their position among Eastern Conference players after the National Basketball Association all-star voting first returns were released today.

Fan balloting weighs 50 percent of the overall vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each.

The players will be sorted by their conference and position (guards and frontcourt players), with the two top guards and three top frontcourt players named as starters. James is a close second at 856,080.

There will be three frontcourt players and two guards chosen for each starting lineup, meaning Embiid now has a decent chance of starting in the game. The player in each conference with the most votes will be his team's captain, and then gets to select players - from either conference - in a back-and-forth draft until the teams are decided. Boston's Kyrie Irving leads the guards with 802,834 votes, followed by Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (259,368) and Indiana's Victor Oladipo (251,886).

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In the Western Conference, Durant, New Orleans' Anthony Davis (393,000) and teammate DeMarcus Cousins (356,340) were the top three frontcourt players.

According the press release via NBA.com, two captains, one from each conference, will be determined based upon who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

The starters, including the two captains, will be announced January 18 on TNT.

The NBA's All-Star Game format this year will allow 12 players from each conference onto each team. Voting will conclude at 10:59 p.m.

HP Recalls Computer Batteries After Reports Of Overheating
In one case a user received a first degree burn on their hand, and there were three incidents of property damage totaling $1,500. Batteries in a number of laptops from HP are overheating, and thereby pose "a fire and burn hazard to customers".

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