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No changes atop latest All-Star voting, but Lin and Bosh could sneak in

Dec 27, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

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NBA fans around the globe love Kobe Bryant. Stunning, I know.

The latest update on the NBA All-Star voting is out and there are no changes among the starters for either conference — but it’s starting to get close for a few guys.

What is different is that Kobe moved past LeBron James as the top overall vote getter. Kobe — in the middle of his best season in years — has 977,444 votes, just edging out LeBron’s 970,314.

The All-Star Game is Feb. 17 in Houston. As of now, the starters voted in by the fans are:

East: Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett.

West: Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard.

Where it gets interesting is that Chris Bosh is just more than 20,000 votes behind Garnett for the final frontcourt spot in the East. Bosh could catch him with a push from fans.

The bigger travesty would be Jeremy Lin catching Chris Paul for the final guard starting spot in the West — Lin is just more than 46,000 votes back of Paul. Fans — I don’t care what continent you are from — Lin isn’t even the best guard on his own team, let alone deserving to start. He is not a step behind Chris Paul on the court, he’s about to be lapped by CP3. Vote Russell Westbrook if you don’t want CP3, vote for James Harden but not Lin. Don’t do this, people.

On the bright side fans, good job putting Anderson Varejao — who is having a strong season — ahead of Andrew Bynum and Amare Stoudemire, neither of whom has played a game.

Voting is open online or at games through Jan. 14, with the fan votes choosing the starters and the rest of the team filled in by votes from team coaches. Here is where the voting stands as of now:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

Frontcourt:
1. LeBron James (Mia) 970,314
2. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 891,759
3. Kevin Garnett (Bos) 328,716
4. Chris Bosh (Mia) 308,194
5. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 260,000
6. Paul Pierce (Bos) 171,601
7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 129,331
8. Josh Smith (Atl) 111,260
9. Anderson Varejao (Cle) 99,955
10. Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 90,996

Backcourt:
1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 645,875
2. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 574,272
3. Deron Williams (BKN) 309,778
4. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 258,193
5. Ray Allen (Mia) 195,142
6. Monta Ellis (Mil) 71,287
7. Raymond Felton (NYK) 66,745
8. Jrue Holiday (Phi) 56,683
9. Jason Terry (Bos) 52,833
10. Brandon Jennings (Mil) 49,122

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Frontcourt:
1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 924,898
2. Dwight Howard (LAL) 616,150
3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 489,795
4. Tim Duncan (SA) 299,434
5. Pau Gasol (LAL) 197,377
6. Kevin Love (Min) 189,949
7. Omer Asik (Hou) 131,002
8. Rudy Gay (Mem) 125,562
9. Serge Ibaka (OKC) 111,963
10. Marc Gasol (Mem) 99,271

Backcourt:
1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 977,444
2. Chris Paul (LAC) 542,564
3. Jeremy Lin (Hou) 496,133
4. James Harden (Hou) 283,691
5. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 232,074
6. Steve Nash (LAL) 166,262
7. Tony Parker (SA) 111,032
8. Ricky Rubio (Min) 96,466
9. Stephen Curry (GS) 78,380
10. Manu Ginobili (SA) 70,813

  1. savvybynature - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Nash over Parker and Curry? Ummmmmmmm… no.

    Also, Blake Griffin over Tim Duncan? Again, not really even a debate about who is having the better season and it ain’t the leading vote getter.

    Also, Marc Gasol 10th? He deserves more respect than that for his all-around game.

  2. basketballhooper1 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Where is Zach Randolph? Al Jefferson? OJ Mayo?

    BTW Kurt, you wrote Kobe Bryant twice and number 10 on the western backcourt is SA…

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      Fixed, thanks.

  3. sdelmonte - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    We all know that Lin is going to get tons of votes from the largest nation on Earth. And as long as fans are allowed to vote, this is how it will be.

    Given that the Chinese don’t get to vote on much else, I won’t begrudge them this.

    • nbascreed - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      International Politics-FAIL.

      The Chinese do vote. I’ll leave it at that and let you figure out the mechanics of 21st century communism.

      ktgotgame.com

  4. cosanostra71 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Kobe is still starting twice for the West?

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      LOL! Yup, still! Freakin’ Kurt bro, hahaha

  5. losanginsight - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I know Kobe is the best player right now but he’s playing SG and Small Forward?

    • southbeachtalent - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      yup, he’s like the dos equis guy.

      The most interesting man in the world….

  6. jrod2173 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    I love how the only guy in the NBA averaging 20/10 and on the team with the 7th best record in all of basketball isn’t even in the top 10. David Lee should be starting, and he better at least make the roster.

    • dko83 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Indeed sir, a snub.. DL is playing lights out.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Agreed.

  7. josephbernardphd - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Damian Lillard is having a much better season than Jeremy Lin, Nash has been out and so has Rubio.

  8. vi3tguy415 - Dec 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    kurt..stfu. we will vote for lin ok?

  9. bucrightoff - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Please just cancel the All-Star game. If I want to see a bunch of overpaid players not playing defense, I can now just watch a Lakers regular season game.

    And lol at Dwight Howard having twice as many votes as Tim Duncan. Statistically Duncan is better, and he’s a better teammate, oh and playing better defense this year too. Fans are morons…

  10. iamjimmyjack - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Kobe Bryant is starting at shooting guard and forward. That’s awsome!

  11. iamjimmyjack - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    U guys complaining about ur fav players not starting should vote. Quit complaining about it and help vote him in. Nobody in the nba front office is voting ppl in. It’s up to the fans. If u don’t have the number of fans to vote tough luck. Who wants to see David lee over Blake griffin anyways? Not me.

    • savvybynature - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      I do. David Lee is a better player right now. Why wouldn’t I want to see the best players in an all-star game?
      I’d also rather see Marc Gasol or Tim Duncan get the honor, again, because they deserve it, not because they are my favorite player and I have their posters plastered all over my bedroom walls (which is the reason, I suspect, that players like Lin and Griffin get the votes irrespective of their production on the court).

    • jrod2173 - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      Has nothing to do with favorite players, has everything to do with the BEST players in the league representing their conferences. And right now David Lee is one of the best players in the West, hands down. He deserves to make the team. But most people are inherently ignorant and will just vote for Amare Stoudemire who hasn’t even played in a game this season, but was good 3 years ago. (I know he is in the East, just using it as an example before people blow up).

  12. davidly - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    If it’s what the fans want, whatever. I suppose alternatively you could give the fans, sportswriters, and coaches each a third of the vote, and then I would take the final tally into consideration when I make my decision.

  13. fanz928 - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Americans wants to vote on everything now see what it leads to for them
    Suggestions: depression inflation BUSH so on

  14. lemfax - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    shooting guard, shooter, jump shooter, 3pointer, scorer he took a lot of those all the time:):):)

  15. thetooloftools - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    So has LeBron James owned that child that Sharon Reed had or is he still ducking it?
    A man who doesn’t recognize his own children is no man.

    • kanemoney - Dec 28, 2012 at 4:37 AM

      If we are going to eliminate players based on baby mammas, strip club incidents, and other non-basketball transgressions, we might be left with Duncan playing 1:1 with Lin… lol.

    • kanemoney - Dec 28, 2012 at 4:37 AM

      If we are going to eliminate players based on baby mammas, strip club incidents, and other non-basketball transgressions, we might be left with Duncan playing 1:1 with Lin… lol.

  16. felisberto - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Why such Jeremy Lin hate?

  17. ajek23 - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Dang Kurt lil speedy fingers there kobe twice starting? How isn’t k love not getting any votes? Dude came in this season beastin. He should be ahead of duncan and poo gausol. And how is k irving behind williams u fans are a trip go do ur game by game homework this kid is good and getting better. The nba just needs to take voting out of the fans hands. U got guys getting votes that hasn’t even played a single game. C’Mon man!!!!!

  18. nycalldayz - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    “Where it gets interesting is that Chris Bosh is just more than 20,000 votes behind Garnett for the final frontcourt spot in the East. Bosh could catch him with a push from fans. Vote Russell Westbrook if you don’t want CP3, vote for James Harden but not Lin. Don’t do this, people”. Kurt, is basically telling fans how to vote and who to vote for. I’m starting to see why readers on here criticize Kurt Helin.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      Nah, mostly we like to give him a hard time because he’s in too much of a hurry to get to the next posting without checking his spelling/grammar. Some of us might disagree with his opinions on occasion, but this time he’s right.

    • kavika6 - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      Obviously the weakest position is the eastern big men.

  19. cameltoehoe - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    The Deserving:
    Frontcourt:
    1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 924,898
    2. Dwight Howard (LAL) 616,150
    3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 489,795
    4. Tim Duncan (SA) 299,434
    5.David Lee
    6. LeMarcus Aldridge
    7. Rudy Gay

    1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 977,444
    2. Chris Paul (LAC) 542,564
    3. James Harden (Hou) 283,691
    4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 232,074
    5. Tony Parker (SA) 111,032
    6. Stephen Curry (GS) 78,380

    LAC, SA, LAL, OKC & yes GSW get 2 players each MEM, POR & HOU get 1. Throw in a third Clipper (ie Jamal Crawford) to honor a great 1st half
    Or Faried from DEN as replacements.

  20. kavika6 - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Lin, Nash, deron williams? What is going on here?

  21. scoregasmic - Dec 28, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    I’m a fan… And even I hate fan voting. I want to see the best play in the all-star game…not Jeremy Lin, Kevin Garnett, and why is stoudemire even in the rankings!?

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