Posted December 12, 2013

Heat forward LeBron James leads in All-Star voting

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LeBron James(Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James is having an MVP-type season, averaging 25 points a game. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Miami Heat forward LeBron James is leading All-Star balloting after the first returns, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has received the second-most votes in Western Conference despite playing only twice this season, according to numbers released by the NBA.

Bryant has 501,215 votes, according to the league – the best for a Western Conference backcourt player. Bryant is averaging 14.5 points in the two games he has played since coming back from an eight-month absence because of an Achilles injury.

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George is second in the East balloting for the All-Star Game, which will take place Feb. 16  in New Orleans.

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James is the overall leader with 609,336 votes, while the league’s leading scorer, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, is second with 607,407 votes.

James, George (489,335) and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (424,211) lead the Eastern Conference’s frontcourt players. Heat guard Dwyane Wade (396,279) is the East’s leading vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (365,712).

The frontcourt for the West is followed by Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard (295,120) and the L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin (292,925). Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (393,313) is behind Bryant in the backcourt.

Balloting ends Jan. 20, and the starters will be announced on Jan. 23.


16 comments
JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

Someone should do an evaluation of the historical tendency to get to All-star games based on the size of the market you played in.  


I'm sure there are tons of All-star caliber guys who didn't get to go year after year because someone similar played in LA/Boston/NYC/Chicago...

rh2000
rh2000

This whole system is crap!  


Just say it like it is and put popularity contest!


Not even worth bothering to watch the game or participate.





tonybot3
tonybot3

"Durant tops West?"    How does Delonte feel about that?

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

How stupid are all star voters?  At least 500k are so stupid that they voted for Kobe Bryant, who's not even the best shooting guard on his own team this season.

newmn22
newmn22

This article contradicts itself.  Durant is leading vote getter in the West, not Kobe.

johndickerson
johndickerson

Confused as to how Kobe leads the west if durant has 100,000 more votes than him

RaidLakeDodge
RaidLakeDodge

I am a Laker fan and love the player, Kobe.  But this reveals the flaw with fan voting. It really is just a popularity contest and not based on a players play over the first half of the season.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

It's a popularity contest.  Happy now?  Oh, and all star games have always been a popularity contest.  You know, the players that the fans most want to see.

Ryan19
Ryan19

@Bearsclone They are pretty darn stupid, Bearsclone.  Jeremy Lin currently has the 4th most votes for Western Conference backcourt players.  He is ahead of Harden, Westbrook, Parker, and a bunch of other players who are better than him.     

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

The headline contradicts the article.  The article says that Kobe is leading the West backcourt in votes.  Meaning that he has the most votes of players that play a guard position in the West.

bobdevo
bobdevo

One set of votes is for All-Star; one set of votes is for MVP. Capisce?

began2000
began2000

@RaidLakeDodge

I agree but he's being voted in out of respect for his career accomplishments.  He should thank the fans and gracefully decline the invitation.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@bobdevo Fans don't vote on MVP.  Kobe is the leading vote getter for a Guard in the West.  Durant is the leading vote getter in the West overall.