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NBA All-Star starting teams pretty much set already

Jan 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT


You can keep voting on the NBA All-Star Game players through the end of the month — you can vote every day between now and then, if your heart so desires.

It’s not going to matter, the All-Star Game starters are pretty locked in.

The NBA released the second round of All-Star balloting returns on Thursday and what jumps off the page is that in every category there is a pretty steep drop off after the first two starters positions. The closest race is Dirk Nowitzki chasing Blake Griffin for the second West forward spot and Dirk only has 57 percent of the votes of Griffin, trailing him by more than 260,000 votes. Nobody is catching them as starters. And the voters only choose the starters (coaches fill out the rest of the roster). So, you’ve done your job.

The All-Star Game is Feb. 26 from Orlando.

Here are the results, which show no changes since last week. Dwight Howard still has gotten more votes than anyone, although Kobe Bryant is now close to him. But you’re not going to see any meaningful changes without a massive campaign by someone that catches fire.

Eastern Conference

Forwards: LeBron James (Miami) 972,580; Carmelo Anthony (New York) 779,945; Amar’e Stoudemire (New York) 281,617; Kevin Garnett (Boston) 268,980; Chris Bosh (Miami) 209,640.

Guards: Derrick Rose (Chicago) 1,040,210; Dwyane Wade (Miami) 972,015; Rajon Rondo (Boston) 394,672; Ray Allen (Boston) 274,233; Deron Williams (New Jersey) 143,941.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orlando) 1,161,797; Joakim Noah (Chicago) 141,683; Tyson Chandler (New York) 107,735; Joel Anthony (Miami) 67,210; JaVale McGee (Washington) 41,249.

Western Conference

Forwards: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) 973,152; Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) 619,913; Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 354,434; Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) 327,596; Kevin Love (Minnesota) 232,656.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) 1,110,379; Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) 835,026; Ricky Rubio (Minnesota) 248,423; Steve Nash (Phoenix) 188,537; Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).

Centers: Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) 777,365; DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) 214,883; Marc Gasol (Memphis) 182,992; Nenê(Denver) 144,066; Marcin Gortat (Phoenix) 92,511.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Hey no Tim Duncan!!! Come on People vote him in!!!

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      So.. I guess you’re Duncan’s mother.

      • edmazeing1 - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:09 AM

        Sure y not?

    • Jordan - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      More like no Aldridge, that’s crazy.

  2. stillbleedingblue - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Rubio and Nash over Russell… What a joke

    • pudgalvin - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Nash is still playing out of his mind. 15 and 10, with the next best player on his team being… Martin Gortat? If that’s not worth an all star bid, I don’t know what is.

  3. zer0sand0nes - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    stillbleedingblue | Jan 19, 2012, 3:07 PM EST
    Rubio and Nash over Russell… What a joke

    As usual I suspect its kids & young adolescents doing the bulk of the voting. However in this instance it would probably be for the best for either Rubio or Nash over Russell as both of them are better facilitators (which you need in ASG to make/keep it exciting) & have a different type of flash to their game which RW doesn’t possess. But the west has always been difficult to make, there’s always a couple of guys that should be there but aren’t, with the question: Who do you remove for the perceived snub(s)? Look at the bright side, we don’t have those legacy/career achievement types this year; aka Duncan etc last year or worse, players playing in literally ~20 games & voted in.

  4. airjunior23 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Where the hell is Monta Ellis….come on yall….Rubio!!!

  5. goforthanddie - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Teams were set before ballots went out. Seriously, didn’t voting start after 6 games had been played? The NBA shouldn’t make its cash-whoring so obvious.

    • pudgalvin - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      You understand that this is starters only, right? Who exactly out of those 10 guys doesn’t deserve to go? Maybe Carmelo, but he’s still putting up pretty good numbers. There are arguments around Nash, but it’s not a travesty that he’s still a starter. I don’t really see what the problem is.

  6. stadix093 - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I am a Laker fan and I have Clipper season tickets. There is no way in hell that Pau should not be in at all and Kevin Love should be before Blake Griffin. Also Lamarcus Aldridge is a monster! I guess I just have to remember this thing has nothing to do with best players and everything to do with players people want to see. Still though wtf

    • xeno75 - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      it’s a shame Nowitzki never was voted in as a starter

  7. stadix093 - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Meant to say Pau should not be in. Got excited at how crazy the voting is, excuse my passion people.

  8. bhester1906 - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM


  9. milgbwisc - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Seriously???? Rubio????

    • sufferingbirdsfan - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      whats the matter with Rubio being in the all star game come on tell

  10. gmacc85 - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Bynum & Duncan should be the centers. Kevin love should be a starter !

  11. comeonnowguys - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Wow, Joakim Noah is #2 at C.

    Tells you all you need to know.

  12. sufferingbirdsfan - Jan 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    people need stop the Rubio should not be in the all star game he played grate and thats y he is in the all star game now im no Minnesota fan im a 76ers fan give the kid break man

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