The NBA released its latest returns in All-Star voting today:
1 Dwyane Wade (Mia) 736,732
2 Kyrie Irving (Cle) 399,757
3 Kyle Lowry (Tor) 367,472
4 Jimmy Butler (Chi) 356,561
5 John Wall (Was) 281,936
6 DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 262,683
7 Derrick Rose (Chi) 217,986
8 Jeremy Lin (Cha) 155,475
9 Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 111,838
10 Reggie Jackson (Det) 57,736
1 LeBron James (Cle) 830,345
2 Paul George (Ind) 569,947
3 Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 368,336
4 Andre Drummond (Det) 361,307
5 Pau Gasol (Chi) 294,172
6 Chris Bosh (Mia) 266,817
7 Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 248,783
8 Kevin Love (Cle) 241,700
9 Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 226,039
10 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 60,953
11 Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 45,743
12 Marcin Gortat (Was) 34,747
13 Joakim Noah (Chi) 34,274
14 DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 31,861
15 Paul Millsap (Atl) 29,576
1 Stephen Curry (GS) 1,206,467
2 Russell Westbrook (OKC) 609,901
3 Chris Paul (LAC) 410,284
4 Klay Thompson (GS) 386,053
5 James Harden (Hou) 319,596
6 Rajon Rondo (Sac) 157,298
7 Manu Ginobili (SA) 144,712
8 Andre Iguodala (GS) 142,047
9 Tony Parker (SA) 123,136
10 Damian Lillard (Por) 105,797
1 Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,533,432
2 Kevin Durant (OKC) 774,782
3 Draymond Green (GS) 499,947
4 Kawhi Leonard (SA) 487,626
5 Blake Griffin (LAC) 396,630
6 Anthony Davis (NO) 326,070
7 Tim Duncan (SA) 303,498
8 Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 299,584
9 DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 267,087
10 Enes Kanter (OKC) 261,608
11 LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 176,956
12 Dwight Howard (Hou) 155,975
13 DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 133,484
14 Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 128,962
15 Harrison Barnes (GS) 113,607
- Only one starting position changed. Carmelo Anthony, who trailed Andre Drummond on the first two returns, moved into third among Eastern Conference frontcourt players. Nobody at either position in either conference is outside starting position but closer to it than Drummond, who’s just 7,029 votes shy of Melo. But fans have voted Melo a starter the last six years, and momentum is on his side. I’d be surprised if Drummond re-takes his lead.
- Draymond Green’s lead for the final starting spot in the Western Conference frontcourt is up a bit over Kawhi Leonard, but the difference is just 12,321 votes. I’m unsure exactly when the NBA calculated these numbers, but Green missed the Warriors’ game last night and will likely miss their game against the Lakers tonight. That Golden State lost to the lowly Nuggets without Green arguably strengthens his credentials, but fan voting is only loosely tied to merit. It might not help having Green out of the spotlight – especially when Leonard is playing a nationally televised game against the Cavaliers tonight. An injured Blake Griffin is fading from the race.
- Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler remain in striking distance of Kyrie Irving for the final Eastern Conference starting-guard spot. Lowry made a late push last year to become a starter. Can he do it again?
- Chris Paul’s bump from Justin Bieber’s tweets wasn’t nearly enough to make the Western Conference guard race competitive.
- There wasn’t much movement down the returns. Kristaps Porzingis made the biggest leap in the rankings, jumping from ninth to seventh among Eastern Conference frontcourt players.
- Kobe Bryant, unsurprisingly, remains the overall vote leader.
- On the other hand, Paul Millsap faces the biggest negative disconnect between votes received and production. How is he just 15th among Eastern Conference frontcourt players?
- This is the final public update before voting closes Monday. The starters will be announced a week from today.