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Latest All-Star voting returns in, Charles Barkley will not be happy

Jan 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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Apparently, you folks have no concern whatsoever for Charles Barkley’s feelings.

The day after Barkley said Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett have not played well enough to be part of the All-Star starters, they are both in. Howard solidly, he’s a lock, and Garnett has stretched out his lead over Chris Bosh.

Basically, nothing has really changed since last time we reported the results, including Kobe Bryant remaining the top overall vote getter. Fans get to vote in the starting five in each conference for the All-Star Game is Feb. 17 in Houston. These lineups look pretty locked in and they 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.

There are only two races that really could change and neither looks likely. As noted above Bosh is within striking distance of Garnett at just under 28,000 votes behind (that’s a lot to make up but not impossible). In the West, Jeremy Lin remains about 46,000 votes back of Chris Paul for the second starting spot in the backcourt. With just more than a week left of voting any change in the starters is unlikely. There has been some movement farther down on the lists, but the focus is starting to turn to who the coaches will bring in and what players will come down with sudden ailments that will keep them out of the 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) 1,151,304
2. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 1,054,099
3. Kevin Garnett (Bos) 390,751
4. Chris Bosh (Mia) 362,973
5. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 315,752
6. Paul Pierce (Bos) 205,096
7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 158,743
8. Josh Smith (Atl) 131,508
9. Anderson Varejao (Cle) 116,166
10. Shane Battier (NYK) 107,190

Backcourt:
1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 765,077
2. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 675,822
3. Deron Williams (BKN) 350,618
4. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 308,878
5. Ray Allen (Mia) 232,441
6. Monta Ellis (Mil) 84,609
7. Raymond Felton (NYK) 77,123
8. Jrue Holiday (Phi) 66,514
9. Jason Terry (Bos) 62,189
10. Brandon Jennings (Mil) 56,826

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Frontcourt:
1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,088,797
2. Dwight Howard (LAL) 716,671
3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 593,024
4. Tim Duncan (SA) 352,534
5. Pau Gasol (LAL) 239,440
6. Kevin Love (Min) 221,291
7. Omer Asik (Hou) 160,935
8. Rudy Gay (Mem) 140,864
9. Serge Ibaka (OKC) 134,172
10. Marc Gasol (Mem) 114,465

Backcourt:
1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,177,456
2. Chris Paul (LAC) 651,893
3. Jeremy Lin (Hou) 605,624
4. James Harden (Hou) 337,585
5. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 268,558
6. Steve Nash (LAL) 202,274
7. Tony Parker (SA) 128,966
8. Ricky Rubio (Min) 112,352
9. Stephen Curry (GS) 97,761
10. Manu Ginobili (SA) 84,564

  1. lucidsportsfan - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Lin doing well with the “Yao Ming factor,” Houston knew exactly what they we’re doing when they signed him. Surprised KG is so far ahead of Pierce among “Old Man Celtics,” Pierce has had some huge games this season http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_12_16_archive.html#6361419080583554528

    • alildusty - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Actually I’m surprised J.Lin isn’t doing better. Yao would be a starter on every all-star team if he had both feet amputated. Obviously him choosing to leave NYK hurt his image a little but I was still expecting him to be a lock based on the number of asian fans world wide.

      Pretty crazy drop off for the eastern conf. front court – 600k from 2nd to 3rd.

      • lucidsportsfan - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        good points

      • prettyprettyjones - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        Ming was from china whereas Lin is Korean-American. Not only is Korea far less populated than China but it is less interested in basketball as well. Not to mention being multi-racial may lose him some full Korean voters.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        Lin’s family is fron Taiwan.

      • tcclark - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        Lin’s in a premium position. Every time someone votes for Lin, they don’t vote for Kobe or Chris Paul. That’s hard to do. When Yao was around, he was basically in a race by himself. Duncan was in the forward voting most of the time, and after him there really wasn’t much else to vote for. Of course there were deserving players every year, but no one that would draw the attention of the casual “fans” voting. They’re both big names, but there are more guards to vote for today than there were centers to vote for back then

  2. max20characters - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    I don’t know what David Lee has to do to become and All-Star. What a joke.

    • franchiseplaya - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      THIS!!!!

    • gepsep - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Relax. Going to be selected by the coaches anyway!
      Bigger honor to be selected by the coaches than the fans lol

    • andyhr17 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Unfortunately he needs to not play on Golden State. If he were on a bigger name team, he’d have the fan support to get the votes.

  3. franchiseplaya - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Wade ahead of Rondo and Kyrie? Pau ahead of Love? gross. its nice to see Duncan getting votes. he’s shed some weight and has looked great this year. I’m canadian so i’m a homer for nash and hope he makes it but if not i’d like to see steph curry this year.

    and i didnt know Battier played for the knicks.

    • saint1997 - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      how the hell is bloody Battier getting votes!!! WHAT!? I agree with Barkley. Stupid. Celtics are 14-17 and have 2 All Star Starters!? Unbelievable

      • andyhr17 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        What does team record have to do with individual honors? Garnett should not be on the list, but why should Rondo not be a starter just because his team is not good?

      • saint1997 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        i didn’t mean Rondo shouldn’t be, it’s just that they shouldn’t have 2. If they had 2 then they would be top 4 in the east

      • dayyynayy - Jan 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        Stupid celtics ?? hah you gotta be kidding me right now. so you saying the KG and rondo should not play because of the celtics record ??
        Then tell me why Kobe is #1 if the lakers not having a good season?

  4. aboogy123456 - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Who cares that the all-star team is a popularity contest? The fans are voting in the players they want to see in the game, so let them get what they want. It’s obviously bs, Blake Griffin a starter and zach randolph not even close to making it? come on.

    The NBA awards are overrated, especially the MVP award, so it’s not fun to get so worked up about it.

  5. chris3141084 - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Shane Battier is a Knick??

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      If Kurt says he’s a Knick, then he’s a Knick! Simple as that! You must not come around here often….lol

  6. gd200799 - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    What about J.R. Smith?

  7. jordanismyidol - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    How is paul george not an allstar. Hes single handedly carrying the pacers

  8. 13arod - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    shane battie is not a knick he is a heat player might have been a typo

  9. losangeles818 - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    what about damian lillard…or even greivis vasquez

  10. lavoysboy - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Someone please get terry, felton, allen, and battier off that list! That is embarrassing.

    The west is not bad with the exception of rubio being on the list, and lin being too high on the list.

    • lavoysboy - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Also KG is too high if that wasn’t obvious to most people.

  11. broncobeta - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Kenneth Faried deserves an All-Star nod this year.

  12. prettyprettyjones - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Jrue Holiday too low! SMH

  13. tampajoey - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Most people are too stupid to be voting for the All-Stars let-alone for a President.

  14. kvanhorn87 - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    If there were 10 mediocre Asian players split equally between conferences, Lebron and Durant would both becoming off the bench.

  15. raiderkaos - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    That’s another reason why I won’t be watching the NBA All star game. The voting process really needs to change. How is David Lee not even on that list?! And Steph Curry behind Ricky ” I’ve played 2 games” Rubio!!

    Bullcrapp!!!!

  16. donjuan2oo6 - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    No David lee? Charles Barkley has a point. The all-star is about the best of the season. You can’t sit there and say that bosh and Garnett are playing better than David lee.

  17. jj871 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Lin has more votes than Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, and Stephen Curry have …. combined.

    That’s all you need to know about the status of the All Star game these days.

  18. 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Seems like fans got it right, don’t know why everyone’s complaining. Just swap Garnett for Varejao and Griffin for David Lee and it’s legit. 4/5 on each coast ain’t a travesty.

  19. brishank - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Shane Battier plays in Miami, not New York…

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