Draymond Green passes Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard to move into into starting position in All-Star voting

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The NBA released its second set of All-Star voting returns today:

Eastern Conference

Guards

1          Dwyane Wade (Mia) 562,558

2          Kyrie Irving (Cle) 271,094

3          Kyle Lowry (Tor) 242,276

4          Jimmy Butler (Chi) 220,429

5          John Wall (Was) 207,274

6          DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 170,539

7          Derrick Rose (Chi) 159,787

8          Jeremy Lin (Cha) 122,988

9          Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 87,452

10        Reggie Jackson (Det) 44,525

Frontcourt

1          LeBron James (Cle) 636,388

2          Paul George (Ind) 457,554

3          Andre Drummond (Det) 261,158

4          Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 255,536

5          Pau Gasol (Chi) 209,006

6          Chris Bosh (Mia) 194,429

7          Kevin Love (Cle) 172,517

8          Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 168,549

9          Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 160,170

10        Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 48,768

11        Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 30,023

12        Marcin Gortat (Was) 27,185

13        Joakim Noah (Chi) 23,121

14        DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 22,797

15        Paul Millsap (Atl) 21,625

Western Conference

Guards

1          Stephen Curry (GS) 925,789

2          Russell Westbrook (OKC) 479,512

3          Chris Paul (LAC) 268,672

4          Klay Thompson (GS) 267,602

5          James Harden (Hou) 249,877

6          Rajon Rondo (Sac) 120,767

7          Andre Iguodala (GS) 111,575

8          Manu Ginobili (SA) 100,602

9          Tony Parker (SA) 86,238

10        Damian Lillard (Por) 81,035

Frontcourt

1          Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,262,118

2          Kevin Durant (OKC) 616,096

3          Draymond Green (GS) 332,223

4          Kawhi Leonard (SA) 330,929

5          Blake Griffin (LAC) 298,212

6          Anthony Davis (NO) 261,491

7          Tim Duncan (SA) 228,995

8          Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 194,421

9          DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 190,060

10        Enes Kanter (OKC) 183,468

11        LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 124,404

12        Dwight Howard (Hou) 120,424

13        Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 99,681

14        DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 91,186

15        Harrison Barnes (GS) 82,427

Observations:

  • Only one new player moved into starting position from the first voting returns – Draymond Green, who jumped from fifth to third among Western Conference frontcourt players. He passed Blake Griffin and Kawhi Leonard. Green certainly has been playing well lately, but Leonard is having an awesome season. Leonard also passed an injured Griffin. It should be an intriguing three-man race between Green, Leonard and Griffin for the final Western Conference frontcourt starting spot.
  • Anthony Davis remains in striking distance of starting there, but it’s tough to leap three players. If fans don’t vote Davis an All-Star starter, he’ll have to make an All-NBA team this season to trigger the Derrick Rose rule and receive the higher salaries in his contract extension.
  • Zaza Pachulia came out of nowhere to rank eighth among Western Conference frontcourt players. He wasn’t even on the leaderboard for the first returns. Now, he’s ahead of DeMarcus Cousins.
  • Carmelo Anthony – fueled by the LeBron bump – narrowed his deficit behind Andre Drummond for the final Eastern Conference starting frontcourt spot. If the Knicks keep playing well, Melo will probably overtake Drummond by the time voting closes (despite the Pistons’ best efforts).
  • John Wall wasn’t happy to rank fifth among Eastern Conference guards. He still ranks fifth among Eastern Conference guards.
  • Kobe Bryant remains the overall leader. I’d be shocked if it finishes any other way.