Kobe Bryant leads way in first returns for All-Star voting

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Kobe Bryant is going to be a starter in his 17th and final All-Star appearance.

That’s not locked in stone, but it’s clearly what you the fans want — Kobe Bryant leads all vote-getters in the first returns for the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto. Stephen Curry is second overall, while LeBron James is the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference.

Fans vote in the starters for the 65th All-Star game, set for Sunday, Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. A vote of coaches (or, to be honest, whomever they delegate the responsibility to) picks the reserves for each conference.

It’s an exhibition and if the fans want to see Kobe — even though on the court this season he has not been elite, scoring 17.4 points a game but on 34.4 percent shooting — then the fans should see Kobe. He has earned whatever accolades come his way after a remarkable 20-year NBA career.

It’s hard to argue with any of the starters — two guards, and three front court players — in either conference.

As it stands now, the starters in the East would be Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Paul George, Andre Drummond.

For the West, the current starters are Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin.

Traditionally, there is not a lot of shifting after the first vote; fans tend to stay pretty steady. It is possible in the East that Kyle Lowry of Toronto or Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks could climb into the starting group, but it’s going to take a push from their fans.

You can vote for the All-Stars a variety of ways: at NBA.com/vote; through the NBA App; on Twitter (use players’ name and hashtag #NBAVOTE); on Facebook (use players’ name and hashtag #NBAVOTE on your personal page); via Instagram (post an original photo and use the hashtag #NBAVOTE as well as the players’ name); and
you can text the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”).

Here is the full list of NBA votes so far:

Eastern Conference
Frontcourt

1 LeBron James (Cle) 357,937
2 Paul George (Ind) 283,785
3 Andre Drummond (Det) 148,278
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4 Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 132,119
5 Pau Gasol (Chi) 109,585
6 Kevin Love (Cle) 92,177
7 Chris Bosh (Mia) 91,896
8 Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 85,606
9 Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 72,923
10 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 25,926
11 Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 12,341
12 Joakim Noah (Chi) 10,808
13 Paul Millsap (Atl) 10,501
14 Marcin Gortat (Was) 9,443
15 DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 8,885

Guards

1 Dwyane Wade (Mia) 300,595
2 Kyrie Irving (Cle) 138,191
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3 Kyle Lowry (Tor) 128,131
4 Jimmy Butler (Chi) 111,220
5 John Wall (Was) 103,094
6 Derrick Rose (Chi) 72,709
7 DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 69,042
8 Jeremy Lin (Cha) 61,832
9 Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 45,014
10 Nicolas Batum (Cha) 20,596

Western Conference
Frontcourt

1 Kobe Bryant (LAL) 719,235
2 Kevin Durant (OKC) 349,473
3 Blake Griffin (LAC) 182,107
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4 Kawhi Leonard (SA) 164,521
5 Draymond Green (GS) 160,350
6 Anthony Davis (NO) 156,161
7 Tim Duncan (SA) 127,543
8 DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 101,930
9 Dwight Howard (Hou) 66,598
10 LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 65,019
11 Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 56,377
12 DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 49,696
13 Enes Kanter (OKC) 47,806
14 Harrison Barnes (GS) 43,343
15 Kevin Garnett (Min) 42,285

Guards

1 Stephen Curry (GS) 510,202
2 Russell Westbrook (OKC) 267,699
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3 Chris Paul (LAC) 146,335
4 Klay Thompson (GS) 138,587
5 James Harden (Hou) 135,531
6 Rajon Rondo (Sac) 66,164
7 Andre Iguodala (GS) 62,407
8 Damian Lillard (Por) 47,615
9 Manu Ginobili (SA) 42,413
10 Tony Parker (SA) 40,693