Dec 27, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT
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:
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.
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:
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
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
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
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
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