Carmelo Anthony passes Andre Drummond for starting position in NBA All-Star voting

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The NBA released its latest returns in All-Star voting today:

Eastern Conference

Guards

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

Frontcourt

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

 

Western Conference

Guards

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

 

Frontcourt

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

Observations:

  • 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.