The second All-Star ballot returns are here. And nothing strange has happened thus far.
As you may know by now, the NBA changed the All-Star voting this year. With the traditional center becoming more and more scarce in the NBA, the league has decided to change the voting to “frontcourt” and “backcourt.” The backcourt pretty much remains the same but people can vote for whichever “three frontcourt” players they want (three forwards or two centers and a forward). Also, people can now vote via Twitter if they wish (which you can do by putting the first and last name of a player and the hashtag #NBABALLOT).
According to the returns, here are the starters for now as follows: for the East, we have LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Dwyane Wade, and Rajon Rondo. In the Western Conference, we have Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant, and Chris Paul.
In these second returns, we have Kobe leading in votes, followed by LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
As expected, Jeremy Lin continues to get a lot of votes. He is currently third in the backcourt votes; he’s 50,000 votes behind Chris Paul. And, yes, the All-Star game will be in Houston on February 17, 2013.
The balloting will conclude on January 14th and the starters will be announced live on TNT on January 17th.
Here are the current numbers via NBA.com:
Frontcourt: LeBron James (MIA) 970,314; Carmelo Anthony (NY) 891,759; Kevin Garnett (BOS) 328,716; Chris Bosh (MIA) 308,194; Tyson Chandler (NY) 260,000; Paul Pierce (BOS) 171,601; Joakim Noah (CHI) 129,331; Josh Smith (ATL) 111,260; Anderson Varejao (CLE) 99,955; Amar’e Stoudemire (NY) 90,996; Shane Battier (MIA) 88,800; Andrew Bynum (PHI) 84,939; Luol Deng (CHI) 76,400; Brook Lopez (BRK) 67,991; Jeff Green (BOS) 52,785.
Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (MIA) 645,875; Rajon Rondo (BOS) 574,272; Deron Williams (BRK) 309,778; Kyrie Irving (CLE) 258,193; Ray Allen (MIA) 195,142; Monta Ellis (MIL) 71,287; Raymond Felton (NY) 66,745; Jrue Holiday (PHI) 56,683; Jason Terry (BOS) 52,833; Brandon Jennings (MIL) 49,122.
Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (OKC) 924,898; Dwight Howard (LAL) 616,150; Blake Griffin (LAC) 489,795; Tim Duncan (SA) 299,434; Pau Gasol (LAL) 197,377; Kevin Love (MIN) 189,949; Omer Asik (HOU) 131,002; Rudy Gay (MEM) 125,562; Serge Ibaka (OKC) 111,963; Marc Gasol (MEM) 99,271; Zach Randolph (MEM) 97,778; LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) 97,090; Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) 93,491; Metta World Peace (LAL) 85,279; Chandler Parsons (HOU) 78,235.
Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 977,444; Chris Paul (LAC) 542,564; Jeremy Lin (HOU) 496,133; James Harden (HOU) 283,691; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 232,074; Steve Nash (LAL) 166,262; Tony Parker (SA) 111,032; Ricky Rubio (MIN) 96,466; Stephen Curry (GS) 78,380; Manu Ginobili (SA) 70,813.