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Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns

Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

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You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters).

But you love him now.

Howard, the Magic’s center, is the leading vote getter in the East and overall in the first All-Star ballot returns released by the NBA Thursday. The game is scheduled for Feb. 26 in Orlando. (And you wonder why Orlando isn’t going to seriously consider trades for Howard until after that game.)

James leads all forwards and is second in the East, followed closely for second overall by Rose.

Out West, Kobe Bryant is the overall vote leader followed closely by Kevin Durant. But look who is the current leading vote getter to be the West’s starting center?

By the way — if you are thinking of voting for JaVale McGee at center in the East, you should vote for Al Horford instead. And same with Jose Calderon, the Toronto guard who has outplayed Deron Williams so far this season. Just a suggestion.

Here are the first round of results (top 5 at each position). There are 19 days of voting left.

Eastern Conference

Forwards: LeBron James (Miami) 640,789; Carmelo Anthony (New York) 496,351; Amar’e Stoudemire (New York) 178,797; Kevin Garnett (Boston) 173,161; Chris Bosh (Miami) 140,601.

Guards: Derrick Rose (Chicago) 640,476; Dwyane Wade (Miami) 637,912; Rajon Rondo (Boston) 253,969; Ray Allen (Boston) 174,934; Deron Williams (New Jersey) 89,128.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orlando) 754,737; Joakim Noah (Chicago) 75,038; Tyson Chandler (New York) 61,774; Joel Anthony (Miami) 41,832; JaVale McGee (Washington) 24,713.

Western Conference

Forwards: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) 633,538; Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers) 394,264; Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 231,832; Pau Gasol (L.A. Lakers) 185,428; Kevin Love (Minnesota) 143,814.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) 690,613; Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers) 540,173; Ricky Rubio (Minnesota) 133,520; Steve Nash (Phoenix) 118,922; Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma city) 107,197.

Centers: Andrew Bynum (L.A. Lakers) 496,597; DeAndre Jordan (L.A. Clippers) 134,961; Marc Gasol (Memphis) 102,116; Nenê (Denver) 94,167; Marcin Gortat (Phoenix) 62,631.

  1. dexterismyhero - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Wow, they have played what 12-13 games and they are voting for All Stars. They shouldn’t even have the game. Almost as big a joke as the Pro Bowl.

  2. explosionsauce - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    It’s players from 3 teams on each side. Awesome.

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Actually, it’s 4 on the East (Chicago, Miami, Orlando and New York)

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    It’s no surprise Dwight Howard is the top center and leading vote getter. Guards and forwards get two votes each, centers get one.

    And it’s not so much people LOOOVE Howard as much as it is he is in a class of his own in his position and conference.

    I mean, who else are you going to vote for? Roy Hibbert? JaVale McGee? Spencer Hawes (He should really be getting more props then what he’s getting as the 2nd or third best center right now out east.) ?

    Al Horford is just a “brand name” at this point. He’s wildly inconsistent and impressive games are few and far in between. Joakim Noah is having an off year to say the least, his twin Anderson Varejaeo is doing better.

    I mean there’s no competition, so there’s no surprise as to why Superman got so many votes. Joel Anthony’s in the mix! LMAO, there are way too many jokers out there!

  4. andyreidisfat - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    First nba all star games are a joke as far as picking true “all stars”. Even more so than anyother sport is this a celebrity contest. WAde has played what 4 games so far ? Right. James is maybe the most inept 4 th quarter player so far yet he’s in. Or how bout the fact that jeru holiday is playing at an elite level yet rondo and Williams are getting more votes than he is. They really need a new system other than fan voting. I don’t mind if the fans have input, they should. But how bout the fan vote only counts as 25 % and the players and coaches ( the people who know best who’s the top players) count as the other 75%

  5. smackingfools - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    I heard Tim Tebow got 12.

    • philtration - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      So you have seen Tebow naked then?

  6. kpow55 - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    It’s an exhibition game where fans basically vote on whomever they’re willing to pay to see.

    Yes it’s a popularity contest and until it starts counting as anything other than an exhibition, whining about the logistics is pointless.

    At this point in time is Calderon having a better season than Williams? Maybe, but obviously fans don’t want to see him as much. Its just the way it is. I’m sure if he goes to NY, Boston, LA, etc… that would change.

    On a big stage, a company wants to use big names that people willing to pay big $ for tickets want to see.

  7. ballsooharduniversity - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    JOEL ANTHONY!

  8. soxpatsbscelts - Jan 12, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Please come to Boston for the springtime!

  9. dunkmaster912 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    haha i love how 4 of the 5 west starters could potentially all be from LA

  10. glink123 - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    If Luol Deng isn’t an All-Star, they need to cancel the game permanently. What a farce.

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