Kobe, Curry lead in initial All-Star voting returns

HANG TIME HQ — The All-Star Game may be heading north of the border this season, but in the initial voting returns, the West is winning.

The first voting results for the 2016 All-Star Game, to be held in Toronto, were announced today, and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has a commanding lead in overall totals. Bryant has 719,235 votes in the initial returns, the most of any NBA player. Bryant, who announced earlier this season that this will be his final NBA campaign, is on track to make his 18th All-Star appearance.

The second-leading vote-getter early on is Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who has 510,202 votes. Curry was last season’s leading vote-getter, and went on to win the NBA MVP award as his Warriors won the NBA Championship. This season, the Warriors have gotten off to an epic start, winning 27 of their first 28 games. His teammates Klay Thompson (4th) and Andre Iguodala (7th) are among the West’s leading guards, and Draymond Green (5th) and Harrison Barnes (14th) are among the West’s leading forwards.

Cleveland’s LeBron James leads the Eastern Conference with 357,937 votes, while his former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade trails James by roughly 57,000 votes. Indiana’s Paul George (283,785), who missed most of last season after a compound leg fracture, trails only James among Eastern Conference forwards. Detroit’s Andre Drummond (148,278), averaging 18.2 ppg and 16.1 rpg, and who has never made an All-Star appearance, is currently in third place.

The 2015 Eastern Conference All-Star roster was dominated by the Atlanta Hawks, who sent coach Mike Budenholzer as well as four players (Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague). In the initial returns this season, only Millsap is among the Eastern Conference leaders, 13th among forwards with 10,501 votes.

The 65th NBA All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. TNT will televise the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th consecutive year.

NBA All-Star Voting 2016 presented by Verizon is an all-digital program that gives fans everywhere the opportunity to vote for their favorite players as starters for the All-Star Game. New to the voting program this year, fans can cast their daily votes directly through Google Search on their desktop, tablet and mobile devices. They can also vote on NBA.com, through the NBA App (available on Android and iOS), SMS text and social media networks including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as via Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblogs in China.

32 Comments

  1. Ryan the laker fan says:

    Go all the way Kobe!!!
    24>NBA

  2. Lesa McKenzie says:

    Kawhi Leonard #NBAVOTE

  3. Alexander says:

    This is Kobe’s last all star game so he deserves to be a part of it. To the Black Mamba

  4. Rifen says:

    Kobe deserved to be part of All Star Game and I don’t know why someone should doubt about that. Steph Curry is amazing player and real MVP, but Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest in NBA.It’s so simple that Kobe is first in voting list. Go Lakers, Go GSW🙂 Go West Coast :))

  5. Miss Kelly says:

    I, for one, hope Kobe makes the all-star this time. I’m not going to list the reasons why because I’m sure there’s others that could list even more reason why he shouldn’t be on it. Let me say this to those who fault the fans for not voting for the “right” players, saying it’s a popularity contest, and even say the fans should not be allowed to vote because they don’t know what they’re doing. The fans are the ones paying ‘big money’ to see the players and buy their jerseys and shoes, etc. The fans are the reason the NBA is a multi-billion business, and the players are earning all that money. This is the one opportunity for the fans to vote for the all-stars. THE ALL-STAR GAMES ARE FOR THE FANS, not the media, coaches, players (including former players – i.e. Charles Barkley), owners, etc.. Please let the fans vote who THEY want to see in the All-Star game. I don’t care if they want a certain player in because they like his haircut (even if he can’t play a lick). Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there are certain rules for the fans to follow when they make their selection (i.e. play in at least so many games, certain shooting percentage, etc). They can vote for who they want and for whatever reason they want him. You may not agree on who they vote for; and that’s okay; but keep in mind that there are those who may not agree with your choices either. We all have the right to our opinion, and we all have the right to think someone’s opinion is ‘dumb’. Let me close with this: The All-Star game is for the fans, and they can vote for whomever they choose, and for whatever reason. If’s it’s a popularity contest, so be it. I’m tired of individuals complaining about letting the fans vote for the All-Star game. Who they vote for is their choice, not someone else choice. It seems like some people have the attitude that “free speech” is: You have the right of free speech, but only if it’s in agreement with my thinking.

  6. Miss Kelly says:

    I, for one, hope that Kobe make the all-star team in 2016. I’m not going to list a lot of reason why because others could list a lot (or even more)

  7. SA Spurs says:

    Steph Curry & Kawhi Leonard should be leading the votes in the West. That is, if you actually watch basketball and see what these players are doing for their teams on both offense and defense. Just my opinion.

  8. Benjie says:

    whiteside should be on the centre position in the east to back up andre drumond .Bosh and wade are having a good year .Miami is 3rd on the east so they deserved the recognition.

  9. sherlockroy says:

    Big Warriors fan since 1966. Hate the Lakers, but I’m OK with Kobe’s swan song in the All Star game. It’s just a showcase for the fans, and he’s one of the all-time greats. Have seen a LOT of fine shooters in my day, many, many great players. While Kobe is not thee greatest player ever, I’ve never seen a guy (in his prime) like him who could pull up on a dime and knock em down over and over with two or three defenders in his face and all over him. He swished em anyway, like the guys hanging in the air in front of him were not even there. Now Go Dubs!

  10. Udjdjxjxjx says:

    NO draymond green!!!!!!

    King James
    Pg13
    Uncle Drew
    Flash

    We need them↖️

  11. Reginald Connors says:

    I NOW KNOW THAT EVERYONE THAT HAS SAID A SINGLE NEGATIVE ANYTHING ABOUT KOBE MAKING THE ALL-STAR GAME, WENT TO SCHOOL FOR LUNCH. Read my lips: the all star game is for the the fans. The all-star game is voted on in 200 countries. that means money for the nba is made in 200 countries.Have you heard of the word capitalism? Man i am praying that you guys are kidding. Have you not realized that what you like and think means absolutely nothing when it comes to big business? WHEN KOBE DOES RETIRE, HE WILL MAKE MORE MONEY OFF THE COURT THAN HE DID THE 20 YEARS HE WAS ON IT. The commissioner came out and said he should play in it, when you heard that you still was hoping he did not make it? IT’S A DONE DEAL WITH OR WITHOUT VOTES. IT’S JUST TOO OUT THERE FOR YOU TO CONTINUE THIS NONSENSE. WITHOUT EVEN BRINGING UP ANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS KOBE BRYANT IS A HALL OF FAMER. THE MAN COULD AND DID EVERYTHING THAT TAKES PLACE ON A BASKETBALL COURT. HE HAD EVERY SKILL NEEDED TO PERFORM AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN HIS SPORT. I KNOW ABOUT 1 BASKETBALL PLAYER THAT’S ABOVE HIM IN THAT CONTEXT. JUST ONE ! BY THE WAY,WHEN YOU PLAY DEE FOR OVER A DECADE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL,IT’S CALLED HE SHOOTS TOO MUCH, NOT BALL HOG! WHAT TOP FREE AGENT DID NOT WANT TO PLAY WITH KOBE, AND HOW MANY CHAMPIONSHIPS DID THEY PLAY IN , NOT EVEN WINNING, PLAYED IN? I CAN’T FIND 10 BETTER PLAYERS FROM ANY TEAM SPORT BETTER THAN KOBE WHEN IT COMES TO HAVING EVERY SKILL NEEDED FOR THERE SPORT, AND NOT JUST HAVE IT,USE IT AND BECOME CHAMPION MORE THAN KOBE BRYANT. GUESS WHAT, NEITHER CAN YOU. SO DO NOT BLAME KOBE BECAUSE A GIRL THAT PLAYED LIKE HIM BEAT YOU OUT FOR THE LAST SPOT ON YOUR HIGH SCHOOL BOYS JV TEAM. PLEASE, LET IT GO.

  12. Jdub455 says:

    Lolz… Sympathy votes…. Steph shld lead the ballots…

  13. Dan says:

    oh what the heck man…. many times I post my comment via NBA is just so hard to get it thru!!! GG I only said what my thinking and opinion.. did not used any disturbance words at all…

  14. Dan says:

    I am not happy with it at all…. is unbelievable to see so many dumb pitsful of kobyfans,com… The all stars games is ruined by these stupid fans.. is a once a year all star games… everyone out there fighting so hard on the court to make so much of effort is lot sacrifice takens… and an all stars team is limited… those who deserved or meant to in the spot.. but no… they have to give out to the Kobe… he is just good only overall… but the recent year he isn’t an elite level… even far worst for this season….just because he is retiring…doesn’t mean he deserved the all stars spot….is just unfair for the other.. there is many many great players out there in WEST… and kobe just got the cheatket way in. GG

  15. I’m indifferent if Kobe makes it or not, cause on the one hand, it will be his last all star opportunity, and he is a true all star. I just care more about seeing Paul Milsap, Andre Drummond (yes), Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and John Wall. My personal favorite all stars.

  16. Rob says:

    Since fans were allowed to vote for All stars it has just been completely meaningless. Players don’t earn their starting spot any more, if they are popular.

  17. DM says:

    Mr Over-hype announces his retirement and he gets even more votes than usual, typical fanboys/girls. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lang voted for him too!

  18. None Of The Above says:

    When you get the public involved it’s always a popularity contest. Too many voting for who instead of what!

  19. Tim says:

    As usual all the sub-moron Kobe Bryant fans are out in full force as expected. Bryant will be least deserving All-Star for the four consecutive year.

    • Four consecutive year? R u saying his 2013 campaign was least deserving. U clearly do not watch basketball. The guy Ave 27.3pts 5.6reb 6.0ast 1.3stl shooting .463% trippin

  20. Lalo Romero says:

    Koby deserve a nice last trofeo he gives a lot of good games and put the NBA to hight.

  21. Mongolóide says:

    If there are people voting in Wade, so it is not absurd to vote in any of Sixers players.

  22. Eric says:

    How is Kyrie second in All Star voting when he hasn’t even played more than 2 games. What a joke! The benefit of playing along side Lebron. This guys has been given the keys to the city before he even entered the league. This guy doesn’t deserve this recognition especially for this year. Other players have started from the bottom and worked their way to the top of the league. Id take Wall over him without even having to think about it.

  23. Kanishka Ray says:

    But ESPN told us just yesterday, that according their own polls, LeBron is the most popular NBA player. Wouldn’t that translate to All Star votes?

  24. R richards says:

    Let the BEST have his last time with the current best

  25. I love Kobe Bryant🏀🏀🏀 yes give my boy his last nod!!!!!!

    • Cam says:

      Uhhh, because Michael Jordan is retired…. Its’s a tribute to one of the best players of all time in his final season. Simple as that