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Giannis Antetokounmpo named Eastern Conference All-Star Captain

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 19:19:26-05

MILWAUKEE -- For a third straight season, Giannis Antetokounmpo will represent the Milwaukee Bucks at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte. However, this year comes with another honor.

Congratulations to Antetokounmpo who will be this year's Easter Conference All-Star Captain, after leading the Eastern Conference in votes.

He will start the NBA All-Star game with Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard and Joel Embiid.

This means he will get to pick the players he wants on his team. LeBron James is the other captain, after claiming the most votes in the West.

Since the beginning of the Milwaukee Bucks franchise in 1968, only four other players in team history have done what the Greek Freak has now accomplished.

By making his third straight NBA All-Star Game, Antetokounmpo joins a short list of Bucks players to play in at least three games while playing in Milwaukee.

Kareem Abduhl-Jabbar (1969-1974), Marques Johnson (1978-1980 and 1982), Bob Dandridge (1972, 2974, 1975), Sidney Moncrief (1981-1985), Vin Baker (1994-1996), and Ray Allen (1991-2001) are the six players.

So far this season, the Bucks' star is averaging career bests in rebounds per game (12.6), assists per game (5.9) and field goal percentage (.578).

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 17 at 7 p.m.