NBA All-Star voting

NBA All-Star starting teams pretty much set already


You can keep voting on the NBA All-Star Game players through the end of the month — you can vote every day between now and then, if your heart so desires.

It’s not going to matter, the All-Star Game starters are pretty locked in.

The NBA released the second round of All-Star balloting returns on Thursday and what jumps off the page is that in every category there is a pretty steep drop off after the first two starters positions. The closest race is Dirk Nowitzki chasing Blake Griffin for the second West forward spot and Dirk only has 57 percent of the votes of Griffin, trailing him by more than 260,000 votes. Nobody is catching them as starters. And the voters only choose the starters (coaches fill out the rest of the roster). So, you’ve done your job.

The All-Star Game is Feb. 26 from Orlando.

Here are the results, which show no changes since last week. Dwight Howard still has gotten more votes than anyone, although Kobe Bryant is now close to him. But you’re not going to see any meaningful changes without a massive campaign by someone that catches fire.

Eastern Conference

Forwards: LeBron James (Miami) 972,580; Carmelo Anthony (New York) 779,945; Amar’e Stoudemire (New York) 281,617; Kevin Garnett (Boston) 268,980; Chris Bosh (Miami) 209,640.

Guards: Derrick Rose (Chicago) 1,040,210; Dwyane Wade (Miami) 972,015; Rajon Rondo (Boston) 394,672; Ray Allen (Boston) 274,233; Deron Williams (New Jersey) 143,941.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orlando) 1,161,797; Joakim Noah (Chicago) 141,683; Tyson Chandler (New York) 107,735; Joel Anthony (Miami) 67,210; JaVale McGee (Washington) 41,249.

Western Conference

Forwards: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) 973,152; Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) 619,913; Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 354,434; Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) 327,596; Kevin Love (Minnesota) 232,656.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) 1,110,379; Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) 835,026; Ricky Rubio (Minnesota) 248,423; Steve Nash (Phoenix) 188,537; Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).

Centers: Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) 777,365; DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) 214,883; Marc Gasol (Memphis) 182,992; Nenê(Denver) 144,066; Marcin Gortat (Phoenix) 92,511.

Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns


You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters).

But you love him now.

Howard, the Magic’s center, is the leading vote getter in the East and overall in the first All-Star ballot returns released by the NBA Thursday. The game is scheduled for Feb. 26 in Orlando. (And you wonder why Orlando isn’t going to seriously consider trades for Howard until after that game.)

James leads all forwards and is second in the East, followed closely for second overall by Rose.

Out West, Kobe Bryant is the overall vote leader followed closely by Kevin Durant. But look who is the current leading vote getter to be the West’s starting center?

By the way — if you are thinking of voting for JaVale McGee at center in the East, you should vote for Al Horford instead. And same with Jose Calderon, the Toronto guard who has outplayed Deron Williams so far this season. Just a suggestion.

Here are the first round of results (top 5 at each position). There are 19 days of voting left.

Eastern Conference

Forwards: LeBron James (Miami) 640,789; Carmelo Anthony (New York) 496,351; Amar’e Stoudemire (New York) 178,797; Kevin Garnett (Boston) 173,161; Chris Bosh (Miami) 140,601.

Guards: Derrick Rose (Chicago) 640,476; Dwyane Wade (Miami) 637,912; Rajon Rondo (Boston) 253,969; Ray Allen (Boston) 174,934; Deron Williams (New Jersey) 89,128.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orlando) 754,737; Joakim Noah (Chicago) 75,038; Tyson Chandler (New York) 61,774; Joel Anthony (Miami) 41,832; JaVale McGee (Washington) 24,713.

Western Conference

Forwards: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) 633,538; Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers) 394,264; Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 231,832; Pau Gasol (L.A. Lakers) 185,428; Kevin Love (Minnesota) 143,814.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) 690,613; Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers) 540,173; Ricky Rubio (Minnesota) 133,520; Steve Nash (Phoenix) 118,922; Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma city) 107,197.

Centers: Andrew Bynum (L.A. Lakers) 496,597; DeAndre Jordan (L.A. Clippers) 134,961; Marc Gasol (Memphis) 102,116; Nenê (Denver) 94,167; Marcin Gortat (Phoenix) 62,631.