With the NBA All-Star voting well underway, Milwaukee Bucks rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo has risen among the top vote-getters in the league. However, has brought up some potential frustration with the likelihood that some of these votes may not count because of the misspellings of his name. In light of that, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe has reported that the NBA will count the spelling errors of players names in fan votes.
BTW I asked about NBA All-Star fan Twitter votes being misspelled and was told the system would pick those up (Isiah/Isaiah) (Dwayne/Dwyane)
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) January 6, 2017
This is certainly great news for Antetokounmpo as his candidacy for his first All-Star bid will only become stronger as the event gets closer. He is certainly playing like a player deserving of an All-Star selection. The Greek Freak is currently experiencing a career-best campaign averaging 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. If he keeps up these averages throughout the entire season, he would become the first player to do so in league history.
Antetokounmpo has a current streak of 22 or more points in a career-high 14 consecutive games, which is the longest streak by a Buck since Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 22-plus points in 13 straight contests. He is also second in the Eastern Conference behind LeBron James with 13 games recording 25-plus points, five-plus rebounds, and five-plus assists. All in all, this slight change to the All-Star voting could make him a starter in the Eastern Conference.