All-Star Game voting picture gaining clarity

All-Star Game voting picture gaining clarity
December 26, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Mark Strotman

LeBron James has made himself one of the most versatile players in the NBA through his ability to guard each position on the court, and as it stands today he's in line to start at center for the Eastern Conference in this year's NBA All-Star Game.

James leads all players with more than 850,000 votes -- almost 4,000 more than Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant -- and is accompanied by Indiana's Paul George and New York's Carmelo Anthony in the Eastern Conference frontcourt. Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving lead the voting in the backcourt, where the top two vote-getters will earn starting nods in each conference. Chicago's Derrick Rose, who hasn't played since late November, ranks third in backcourt.

In the West, Durant leads Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin by a wide margin, though all three would get starting spots in the frontcourt. The closest race for a starting spot is Kevin Love, who sits just 20,000 votes shy of Griffin for the final frontcourt spot. In the backcourt, injured shooting guard Kobe Bryant, who has played only six games this season, leads backcourt voting with more than 700,000 votes. He's joined by the Clippers' Chris Paul, who would start alongside Bryant (if he's healthy). Golden State's Stephen Curry is 50,000 votes shy of Paul for the second starting spot in the backcourt, though he would start with Paul if Bryant is still recovering from his knee injury.

Voting ends Jan. 20 and the results will be announced on TNT on Jan. 23. Here's how the voting has gone for the top-10 players in both the frontcourt and backcourt for the East and West:

Western Conference

Backcourt

1. Kobe Bryant, Lakers: 723,031
2. Chris Paul, Clippers: 533,647
3. Stephen Curry, Warriors: 481,698
4. Jeremy Lin, Rockets 358,725
5. James Harden, Rockets: 270,476
6. Russell Westbrook, Thunder: 216,070
7. Tony Parker, Spurs 158,329
8. Damian Lillard, Blazers 105,880
9. Ricky Rubio, Wolves 81,829
10. Steve Nash, Lakers 81,377

Frontcourt

1. Kevin Durant, Thunder: 850,728
2. Dwight Howard, Houston: 408,623
3. Blake Griffin, Clippers: 399,357
4. Kevin Love, Wolves: 377,941
5. Tim Duncan, Spurs: 312,809
6. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland: 282,613
7. Anthony Davis, Pelicans: 188,589
8. Pau Gasol, Lakers: 177,883
9. Andre Iguodala, Warriors: 145,089
10. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas: 126,025

Eastern Conference

Backcourt

1. Dwyane Wade, Miami: 565,455
2. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland: 524,000
3. Derrick Rose, Chicago: 299,950
4. John Wall, Washington: 210,988
5. Ray Allen, Miami: 143,714
6. Rajon Rondo, Boston: 111,335
7. Deron Williams, Brooklyn: 74,047
8. George Hill, Indiana: 66,030
9. Lance Stephenson, Indiana: 50,444
10. DeMar DeRozan, Toronto: 48,744

Frontcourt

1. LeBron James, Miami: 854,105
2. Paul George, Indiana: 712,808
3. Carmelo Anthony, New York 580,795
4. Roy Hibbert, Indiana 304,829
5. Chris Bosh, Miami 222,861
6. Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn 137,520
7. Joakim Noah, Chicago 101,308
8. Andre Drummond, Detroit 91,132
9. Jeff Green, Boston 78,693
10. Tyson Chandler, New York 77,496