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2014 Sears Shooting Stars Competition

LeBron James, Stephen Curry leading in early All-Star voting returns


You really like LeBron James. But we knew that.

You really like Stephen Curry. But we knew that as well.

What is interesting is you have now fallen for Anthony Davis, John Wall and even Pau Gasol in Chicago. And Kevin Durant has some catching up to do.

That’s what we can take away from the first — and somewhat early — returns from the fan voting for the All-Star Game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The NBA released the early returns on Christmas Day. Remember that fans get to vote on the starters — two guards and three front court players — for each conference, then the coaches vote for the bench players that round out the rosters.

Here would be the starters if the voting holds:

Eastern Conference: John Wall, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol
Western Conference: Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol

Here’s the secret about the early voting: There are usually not many changes between this and the starting five in the All-Star Game. Last season saw more than normal, and I think we’ll see a couple this year (hello Kevin Durant) but this is usually a pretty stable indicator.

Some quick thoughts on these returns (you can see more detailed voting return numbers below):

• Being injured left Kevin Durant in an “out of sight, out of mind” state but I expect he will climb the ladder and make it into the starting lineup if he gets healthy.

• Wow, that’s both Gasol brothers starting.

• Not surprisingly LeBron James leads all vote getters early on, however his is less than 30,000 over Stephen Curry of the Warriors. Curry even leads Kobe Bryant. Nobody used to lead Kobe.

• While Chris Paul and James Harden are normally locks, they are well back of Curry and Kobe. Not likely the West starting backcourt changes.

• Raptors fans are getting out and voting this year. Kyle Lowry deserves the support, but you can tell they are voting in numbers when Louis Williams makes the top 10 of guards.

• Will Pau Gasol really be able to hold off Kevin Love for a starting spot out East?

• Voting remains open through Jan. 19. The voting is now all digital — fans can vote on NBA.com; through social media networks including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog; via SMS text, and the NBA Game Time and using the NBA Game Time from Sprint applications.

Here is the top 10 vote getters so far.

Eastern Conference


1. LeBron James (Cle) 552,967
2. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 265,170
3. Pau Gasol (Chi) 247,953
4. Chris Bosh (Mia) 208,549
5. Kevin Love (Cle) 169,818
6. Joakim Noah (Chi) 69,994
7. Marcin Gortat (Was) 57,715
8. Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 52,318
9. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 46,494
10. Al Jefferson (Cha) 43,230


1. John Wall (Was) 299,209
2. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 265,917
3. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 237,356
4. Kyle Lowry (Tor) 182,896
5. Derrick Rose (Chi) 105,465
6. Jimmy Butler (Chi) 99,984
7. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 51,946
8. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 17,512
9. Louis Williams (Tor) 15,329
10. Bradley Beal (Was) 13,911

Western Conference


1. Anthony Davis (NO) 524,623
2. Blake Griffin (LAC) 307,908
3. Marc Gasol (Mem) 227,554
4. Tim Duncan (SA) 198,649
5. Kevin Durant (OKC) 191,881
6. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 152,253
7. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 117,003
8. Dwight Howard (Hou) 104,699
9. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 100,015
10. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 74,501


1. Stephen Curry (GS) 549,095
2. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 521,542
3. James Harden (Hou) 336,998
4. Chris Paul (LAC) 257,528
5. Rajon Rondo (Dal) 107,366
6. Klay Thompson (GS) 90,957
7. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 84,686
8. Damian Lillard (Por) 82,884
9. Jeremy Lin (LAL) 77,276
10. Tony Parker (SA) 50,287

PBT’s Christmas Day preview: Don’t think of it as a Knicks game, think John Wall showcase

Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

Christmas morning should be a time of warmth, of love, of family, presents, smiles and laughter. It should be a moment of celebration filled with the very best of things in life.

New York Knicks basketball is none of those things. Not this season.

Which is why when you tune in at noon Eastern on ESPN (as well as Comcast Sportsnet Washington) you should think of this as a John Wall showcase. See it as a chance to enjoy one of the more underrated teams in the NBA — the 19-8 Washington Wizards.

Wall has fully blossomed into one of the top five point guards in the NBA, not because his jump shot improved dramatically (it is better, but not something that inspires fear) but because he uses his shot more judiciously, picking his spots. He is taking fewer shots and setting his teammates up more. Wall is averaging 17.8 points and 10.4 rebounds a game and he still puts a lot of pressure on opposing teams because he’s so fast with the ball in transition. It’s just that on the break he’s not putting his head down and driving to the rim, he’s setting up his teammates. Plus he remains one of the best defensive point guards in the league.

Wall’s defense is part of the reason the Wizards have the fourth best defense in the NBA (and best in the Eastern Conference) allowing just 99.7 points per 100 possessions.

The Knicks on the other hand have a bottom 10 offense and defense and have lost 15 of their last 16 games. Their star player, Carmelo Anthony, has missed time with a sore knee that clearly still slows him as he tries to play through it, and he is averaging 23.7 points a game with a true shooting percentage of .540 (just above the league average).

The transition to the triangle offense has been rough — the Knicks didn’t have the personnel to run it well anyway, but the guys they do have are not buying in. Guys realize they are not long for the Knicks roster and are trying to put up numbers rather than sacrifice to play in the system. Anthony has been part of the problem — he has been his old self, over dribbling and stopping the ball movement, taking contested shots. The team’s best player is not leading by example.

And the Knicks offense is better than their defense. Wizards players are going to get wide open looks at threes if they move the ball because the Knicks rotations are almost nonexistent.

The Wizards on the other hand are sharing the ball and getting balanced scoring — Wall is averaging 17.8 per game, Bradley Beal 15.1, Marcin Gortat and Paul Pierce are at 13.1, and Rasual Butler has been a present surprise at 10.8 a game. Watch him post up, that has become a real weapon for him.

The Wizards are the better team, a team that is a real threat to make the Eastern Conference Finals — they are balanced and playing well.

Barring a Christmas miracle that is what will overwhelm the Knicks and make this likely the least interesting of the five Christmas Day NBA games.

A look at Jordan Brand’s Christmas shoes for Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony (PHOTOS)


It’s become a holiday tradition for the sneaker companies to release special edition colorways of their signature athlete’s shoes, and often times each one takes individual inspiration in terms of its patterns and designs.

But Jordan Brand went with a more unifying concept this year, with three of its performance models all taking their color choices from one single source.

When Michael Jordan had the best Christmas Day performance of his illustrious career, he scored 42 points in a 1992 win over the New York Knicks. He was wearing the Cardinal Air Jordan VII at the time, and as a tribute, all of this year’s holiday editions have been washed in those colors.

JORDAN SUPER.FLY 3 – Blake Griffin












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