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Latest NBA All-Star balloting released; LeBron, Durant leading vote getters

Dec 26, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

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We warned you this would be the case — there are not many changes in the All-Star Game fan voting as we move through the process. Who you vote for early tends to be who you vote for late.

The fans choose the starters for the annual exhibition game and as of Thursday when the vote totals were released for the second time, there are no changes in who is going to start.

There also was no change in the fact LeBron James and Kevin Durant are leading their respective conferences in votes. Which is as it should be.

The All-Star Game is Feb. 16 in New Orelans and here are the likely starters:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Frontcourt: LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)
Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers).

As you can see in the vote tallies below, most of these guys are locked in. The only possible change via voting is Kevin Love is just 21,461 votes back of Blake Griffin for the last frontcourt spot in the West. That’s about what the gap was a week ago, nothing much changed. If you don’t think that bothers Love, you didn’t watch him drop 41 points on Blake Griffin and the Clippers last week  (it still wasn’t enough for Minnesota to win the game).

Kobe is a lock to be voted in by fans, he has nearly 200,000 more votes than Chris Paul, who is well ahead of third place Stephen Curry. If Kobe isn’t back from his knee fracture he could surender the spot (likely to Curry, it would be the league’s call). No, Kobe is not going to surrender his spot to Curry either way — a decade ago Vince Carter gave up a spot so Michael Jordan could start his final All-Star Game, but that a very different situation. The league isn’t going to allow it here — if Kobe is healthy enough to play for the Lakers prior to the All-Star Game (as expected) then he will play in New Orleans. The league isn’t letting him out of the obligation.

Here are the vote totals as of Boxing Day:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (Mia) 854,105
2. Paul George (Ind) 712,808
3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 580,795
4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 304,829
5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 222,861
6. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 137,520
7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 101,308
8. Andre Drummond (Det) 91,132
9. Jeff Green (Bos) 78,693
10. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 77,496

Backcourt
1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 565,455
2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 524,000
3. Derrick Rose (Chi) 299,950
4. John Wall (Was) 210,988
5. Ray Allen (Mia) 143,714
6. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 111,335
7. Deron Williams (BKN) 74,047
8. George Hill (Ind) 66,030
9. Lance Stephenson (Ind) 50,444
10. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 48,744

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Frontcourt

1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 850,728
2. Dwight Howard (Hou) 408,623
3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 399,357
4. Kevin Love (Min) 377,941
5. Tim Duncan (SA) 312,809
6. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 282,613
7. Anthony Davis (NO) 188,589
8. Pau Gasol (LAL) 177,883
9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 145,089
10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 126,025

Backcourt
1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 723,031
2. Chris Paul (LAC) 533,647
3. Stephen Curry (GS) 481,698
4. Jeremy Lin (Hou) 358,725
5. James Harden (Hou) 270,476
6. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 216,070
7. Tony Parker (SA) 158,329
8. Damian Lillard (Por) 105,880
9. Ricky Rubio (Min) 81,829
10. Steve Nash (LAL) 81,377

  1. antistratfordian - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Dirk is getting no love. That’s sad to see.

    • casualcommenter - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      He’s averaging 21 pts, 6 rbs, and 3 assists per game, with a near 50-40-90 shooting split.

      The West is loaded, but he should be higher on the list, no question.

  2. timb12 - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Lin is getting a little bit of that Yao Ming treatment. No way he should be as high as he is on this list.

    • moseskkim - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      its actually interesting how he isnt starting. probably because he has taiwanese roots. if china was coming full force, they could make anyone a starter and theyre definitely supporting Lin but nowhere close to yao status

      • timb12 - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        But I’m sure Yao was getting a solid amount of votes from people who weren’t Chinese. He was a really good player. Either way, it seems like both of them are getting a solid boost.

    • shanelsweet - Dec 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Maybe, or maybe it’s ’cause folks like me saw his recent movie and though he’s a really nice player to root on. Yao never made a movie, but he was the type of physical specimen that folks like me just liked to watch play. Or, maybe it was just a race issue like you seem to think, and I’m just the exception who doesn’t try to see everything in terms of race

      • timb12 - Dec 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        Yao had Year of the Yao. I was just drawing a comparison. Race exists whether you draw attention to it or not. It was an easy, simple comparison. I don’t think Kevin Love is getting the “white vote” either.

      • cheathamhouse1 - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        C’mon…he got more votes than James Harden, Russel Westbrook, and Tony Parker…three guys that are obviously better ball players. Keep it real.

      • cheathamhouse1 - Dec 27, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        You guys think Lin is better than Harden, Westbrook, and Parker? Darn! I’ve got to start watching more of the Rockets. I’m obviously missing something here.

  3. therealdave123 - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Still cant understand the fascination with Kobe at this point. Guy has been hurt all season and is an arrogant selfish player. Don’t know why anybody would be a fan of his, there are much more deserving players in the league right now.

  4. bealwithit - Dec 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    If the Pacers coach is coaching the All Star game then he will probably make some changes to the East starting line up.

    Replace Carmelo with Roy Hibbert and Kyrie with John Wall. They are all great players, but you shouldn’t start unless you have your team in the playoffs.

    With a historically bad Eastern Conference where 35 wins might be good enough for a playoff spot, there is no excuse for an All Star and one of the best players in the league to not be in the playoffs.

    • dj3garrett - Dec 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Not a fan of neither, Melo or Kyrie but if switch them with Hibbert or Wall the Knicks and Cavs still suck… Hibbert averages like 12 and 8 on like 43% shooting… He’s an average player… Hibbert is not the reason they’re playing great… George and Lance are the main reasons… On top of that, if you’re voted in as a starter, you’re going to start… The coach can’t change that…

    • ryanrockzzz - Dec 27, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      I disagree, I think the best players should start, regardless of playoff positioning. Part of the All-Star game fun is seeing someone play like a Kevin Love, who’s team is a borderline playoff contender, and who doesn’t get games in huge markets daily.

      And I don’t understand all the Hibbert love out there myself. Guy cant shoot (literally can’t from right under the basket), only rebounds ok and plays like he’s 6’1′ when he’s 7’2’…..media hype…..

  5. saint1997 - Dec 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    The face that James harden, Kevin love (or even LA) and john wall won’t be starting this year is a testament to how stupid this system is

    • shanelsweet - Dec 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Just call it the People’s Choice Game, and schedule the All Star Game for after the season ends with the players determined by the coaches and players. Every other year, switch them on the schedule. Solves the problem, and we get more basketball to watch

      • bealwithit - Dec 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        It is an 82 game season and players really need that week off to rest.

        However, I do agree that coaches and especially players should vote. I’m sure the players know which guy the coaches preach about on the scouting reports and which players are leading their teams to success.

  6. mrtreyseven - Dec 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    the all star game is a glorified lifetime achievement award game players on their way out, or icons to particular countries make the team smh……why cant it be production based, and 2 why cant the all-star game have implications just like baseball…hard to motivate players with a couple more thousands when they pull in millions as is…

  7. 00maltliquor - Dec 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Wow…a lot of things going on here….

    No love for Aaron Afflalo, I see.

    People still vote for Steve Nash and Ray Allen?

    There is a supreme lack of talent out East. It’s all out West. Explains the records.

    Roy Hibbert 4th in the East frontcourt, Whaaaa?

    Lin right in front of Harden, hehehee…that should make for some fun practice scrimmage banter.

    Bring back the C position. LBJ starting C against Howard is a bit ridiculous.

    Howard 2nd in a loaded Western frontcourt? I thought he was hated from the East to West coast…what’s he getting those Yao Ming/Rocket fans from China votes? I mean seriously, who’s voting for him?

    • casualcommenter - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      “I thought he was hated from the East to West coast…what’s he getting those Yao Ming/Rocket fans from China votes? I mean seriously, who’s voting for him?”

      People who understand basketball are voting for him. Dwight is averaging 19 pts-14 rbs per game, and his team is a top-5 seed in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

      Almost everybody outside of Miami hated LeBron after “The Decision,” but LeBron still won a TON of votes for the All-Star game that year because he’s really good at basketball and deserves to be an All-Star starter, whether you like him or not. Same goes for Dwight this year.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        18 & 13.

        I’m not saying he shouldn’t be voted for or doesn’t deserve the start, it just seems like everyone hates him. If the AS voting is truely a popularity contest, how could he rank so high is my question.

  8. jadaruler - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Kemba should be starting for the East. Kyrie has had his moments, but he and the Cavs are disappointing.

    The guy that’s getting the China push is Kobe. He’s loved over there and had a reality show in China.

  9. markofapro - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Get Gasol off…he sucks

  10. noleitup - Dec 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Dang stephenson is gettin done dirty. Not saying he should start but 9th place?

  11. irvfin3 - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    No love for DeMarcus Cousins?

  12. ryanrockzzz - Dec 27, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Of course Kobe Bryant would have to be getting votes. Like seriously, do people who vote for him think he’s magically going to play. They would be better placing their vote for CP3 or someone like Damian Lillard or Monta Ellis who’s had an underrated season as well.
    Kevin Love should be starting also. What else can he do to prove he’s the top PF in the game today? Put Griffin on Minnesota with no shot Rubio, and see how well he would do.

    • cheathamhouse1 - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Well, Love could play defense and shoot 3’s with someone in his face for a change instead of an opposing pf thats gravitating to the lane b/c he’s not used to playing behind the 3 point line. Once the other pf’s finally stay on the perimeter with him..his ppg will decline. Then it’s back to unathletic hook shots and 18 ppg like his career avg even with the 26 ppg average this year. Not loving Griffin either…great athleticism gives awesome highlights and nice shooting % but he’s not all-around either..no fundamental post moves. Have’nt seen much LA…seems to have the most traditional PF game of them all..but is he a defensive player? Don’t know. In my opinion, most fundamental PF is still Tim Duncan…a young Tim Duncan would school all of the PF’s today…easily.

  13. mannyicey - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    The 3rd best team in the East gets 0 players in All-Star voting? Popularity contest.

  14. cheathamhouse1 - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    At least the people voted the most for the two best players from the East and West, respectively (Lebron and KD). Everything else is a barbershop argument. I mean damn, some guys aren’t even playing.

  15. danbookman - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I live in Los Angeles, but I must ask “what the hell is Kobe doing in that group”?

  16. brunobuckeye - Dec 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Most ignored players: DeMarcus Cousins, Monta Ellis, Eric Bledsoe, Al Horford, Arron Afflalo

    It would be useful if each squad had 12 players. The non starters would be chosen by either the coach or peers within each conference. It might be intersting if the winning squad played for home court advantage for the finals. This would give the game some meaning!

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