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Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks he’d be an All-Star lock with a different last name

Using the hashtag #GreekFreak and #NBAVOTE doesn’t count as an All-Star vote for Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bucks forward is still racking up plenty of votes.

In fact, the 22-year-old star is trailing only LeBron James in All-Star voting among Eastern Conference frontcourt players. What if Antetokounmpo had a last name that was easier to spell, like James, Thomas, Love, or Butler?

Turns out Antetokounmpo’s vote does, in fact, total capture common misspellings of the name as long as #NBAVOTE is also included in the tweet. If fans don’t want to copy and paste Antetokounmpo’s name from the Internet, they can simply use his Twitter handle (@Giannis_An34) to cast a vote.

Of all the decisions on the All-Star ballot, picking two starters among the East guards was the toughest.

It’s hard enough to pick between Lowry and backcourt mate DeMar DeRozan, because each is having a career year and playing well above expectations for the conference’s No. 2 team. DeRozan remains a unique player in the league, a persistent driver who has only gotten better at finishing at the rim, and one who thrives with that bygone staple of wing players, the midrange shot. He’s averaging 28.1 points per game.
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Game Youth Dustin Brown Jersey But Lowry’s season line has been underrated. He’s averaging career highs in scoring (22.2 points per game) and shooting, making 48.0 percent from the field (his previous season-high was 43.5 percent). He’s also making 44.4 percent of his 3s (well above past high of 38.8 percent). Lowry also adds on 7.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game, and it’s that overall impact that has him just ahead of DeRozan on my ballot.