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Stephen Curry moves past Chris Paul as starter in latest NBA All-Star balloting

Jan 9, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

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We can take Chris Paul’s brilliance as a point guard for granted because he’s the guy throwing the lobs, not the guy finishing the highlight play. Paul can score and take over a game, but his mastery of the point guard play is subtler than that — he takes over games by dictating flow and style a contest better than any other guard in the game right now. It’s not about making plays that end up in highlight packages, it’s about getting the ball where it needs to be, about creating and exploiting mismatches wherever they are.

Stephen Curry is a very good point guard but when he takes over a game he’s a walking highlight package, raining threes from across the Bay Bridge at Oracle Arena. He is one of the most marketable players in the association.

Fans have voted Curry past Paul as an NBA All-Star Game starter in the Western Conference backcourt — but only by 26,000 votes, few enough that this could swing again. Both Curry and Paul trail Kobe Bryant by a healthy amount in the West — if Kobe is not yet healthy and able to play by the Feb. 16 All-Star Game in New Orleans David Stern gets to select his replacement. However, the Western Conference coach will choose who starts (he would be the coach of the team with the best record in the conference on Feb. 2).

The fans elect the starters for the All Star Game and this is who they have put in so far:

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), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers).

As you see in the vote tallies below, the Eastern Conference starters are basically locked in place. In the West there is one other race of interest — Kevin Love (with his video campaign) trails Blake Griffin by 17,000 votes for the final starting slot in the West frontcourt. Voters have two more weeks to make it that ground or Griffin gets the starting nod.

Here are the vote totals:

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (Mia) 1,076,063
2. Paul George (Ind) 899,671
3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 702,869
4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 385,964
5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 304,986
6. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 164,021
7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 128,201
8. Andre Drummond (Det) 120,844
9. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 101,637
10. Jeff Green (Bos) 96,336

Backcourt
1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 718,109
2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 652,522
3. Derrick Rose (Chi) 323,099
4. John Wall (Was) 278,516
5. Ray Allen (Mia) 190,086
6. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 133,448
7. Deron Williams (BKN) 95,309
8. George Hill (Ind) 89,428
9. Lance Stephenson (Ind) 77,364
10. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 68,985

Western Conference

Frontcourt
1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,054,209
2. Dwight Howard (Hou) 509,116
3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 500,964
4. Kevin Love (Min) 483,031
5. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 404,793
6. Tim Duncan (SAS) 385,342
7. Anthony Davis (NO) 223,956
8. Pau Gasol (LAL) 207,213
9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 192,616
10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 156,792

Backcourt
1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 844,538
2. Stephen Curry (GS) 677,372
3. Chris Paul (LAC) 651,073
4. Jeremy Lin (Hou) 471,980
5. James Harden (Hou) 338,788
6. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 260,499
7. Tony Parker (SA) 195,328
8. Damian Lillard (Por) 162,363
9. Klay Thompson (GS) 108,404
10. Ricky Rubio (Min) 97,265

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Chris Paul is great, but I feel he is a little overrated and definetly not the top PG in the league. Id take Tony Parker over him, and maybe Westbrook and Curry, He hasnt won enough to be considered the best.

    Inb4 The Kevin Love is overrated reply. I know he is a stat stuffer, not a winner.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Dude stop making T’Wolves fans look ignorant. I’m not even a Wolves fan. Just stop it whatever it is you’re typing.

    • ranfan12 - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      It’s not CP3’s fault he’s averaging 20 points and 11 assists lol… or maybe it is

  2. aboogy123456 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    The fans can vote in who they think is the most entertaining, but Kurt is right, Chris Paul is the best point guard in the game because he can dominate the game with his mind, and he does the most to help his team play their best and win games. He manipulates the game better than any other player in the game right now.

  3. aboogy123456 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Chris Paul is the best point guard in the game because he can dominate the game with his mind, and he does the most to help his team play their best and win games. He manipulates the game better than any other player in the game right now.

    • ranfan12 - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      But what good is being the best point guard in the game if you don’t get past WSF and WCF? Hard to keep hold of that kind of title when the team isn’t making it too far.

      • aboogy123456 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        what is your comment supposed to mean? Yes, obviously it would be nice to go to the championship, but maybe the clippers wouldn’t even be in the playoffs without chris paul? It’s possible to help your team win more than any other point guard without being the best team. Chris paul is just one player.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I hope Curry wins the popular vote just so he gets in. Can’t snub him like last year. CP3 will definitely get in by the coach selection.

  5. andiroid71 - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Kobe should not have been on the list for voting. If it’s based on performance this season. Honestly are fans that stupid?

    • granadafan - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Yes, fans are that stupid. I love to watch Curry play and the way he can take over a game. Paul has tremendous leadership qualities and is a great point guard. I’m a Lakers fan, but Kobe doesn’t deserve to even be on the ballot.

    • ranfan12 - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Doesn’t have anything to do with being stupid. Just voting for their favorite player. Looked like he was going to be in, and it was likely that his number were going to eventually creep up to decent numbers to be voted in anyway. Rose, Rajon, and Rubio are in the voting and the only one remotely doing anything is Rubio and he’s not even doing all that good

  6. basketballhooper1 - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Major Snubs: (not even listed)

    DeMarcus Cousins: 23.5 points (6th in league), 11.5 rebounds (5th), 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

    Arron Afflalo: 21 points, 4 assists, 2 3 pointers

  7. jerrysshadescleaner - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Kobe fans are that stupid, most laker fans don’t know he’s injured. I don’t blame them if I lived by the coast, I’d b like yea Kobe sounds good,vote n go back to my surfing n talking to chics on the beach. It’s all good laker fans we still love you

    • ranfan12 - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      You suck at talking nonsense. That other guy does it better than you

    • adoombray - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Nobody actually goes to the beach in LA, you drive by it, but LA locals are smart enough not to go into that toxic waste they call the Pacific these days, and they stay out of the air during the day because the smog is so thick they spend half the summer on air quality warnings.

  8. oldschoolnflman - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    As of right now, Andrew Bynum has better knees than Kobe, Rose, Bledsoe, Westbrook and Dennis Rodman. Chew on that for a second.

  9. 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I’m sorry, but I have to be the one to say it. This is going to be very unpopular but Roy Hibbert is overrated.

  10. lifegoesonmyfriend - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Tim Duncan is playing for Spurs not in Portland.

    • iikanji - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      He’s been there oh … Only his entire career Kurt … tsk

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        I should have caught that, however that was copy and pasted directly from an NBA press release that was flawed.

  11. scalfor3 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Pretty silly seeing Rose, Ray Allen, Rondo and George Hill in the top 10 for voting with Arron Afflalo nowhere to be found.

  12. cheathamhouse1 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    CP3 vs Curry…hmmm Two different styles but both affective. But if I had to chose one to build a team, it would be CP3. I thinks he is always leading the team on the floor…like a general. Curry has his moments, but sometimes he relies on his three point shooting. Unfortunately, three point shots are low percentage…the best shoot in the 40% range.

  13. kavika6 - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    Curry definitely most over rated on the list of ACTIVE players on the ballot. Most under rated and best over-all point guard – Tony Parker.

    • kavika6 - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:24 AM

      Sorry, I forgot Jeremy Lin. He’s even more over rated than Curry.

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