Kobe, Curry continue leading All-Star voting

HANG TIME NEW YORK CITY — It may be Kobe Bryant‘s final season on the court, but he is clearly as popular as ever.

In the second returns of All-Star voting, released today, the Lakers’ guard remains the NBA’s overall leading vote-getter with 1,262,118 votes, increasing his lead over Golden State’s Stephen Curry (925,789) since the first round of voting results. Bryant, the leading scorer in All-Star Game history, led Curry by just over 200,000 votes in the previous voting results.

It appears fans have also rewarded Golden State’s red-hot start to the season, as Warriors forward Draymond Green (332,223) has moved into the top three among Western Conference frontcourt players, joining Bryant and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, narrowly ahead of San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (330,929) and Clippers forward Blake Griffin (298,212).

Durant’s Oklahoma City teammate, point guard Russell Westbrook (479,512), ranks second in voting among Western Conference guards. He has a healthy lead over the third-ranked guard, Clippers point guard Chris Paul (268,672).

Cleveland’s LeBron James leads all Eastern Conference players with 636,388 votes. His former Miami teammate, Dwyane Wade, is second with 562,558 votes. James’ current teammate, Kyrie Irving (271,094) — who has played just seven games this season since returning from injury — is second among Eastern Conference guards. Irving is outpacing Kyle Lowry (242,276), who plays for All-Star host Toronto and used a late push last season to get into the starting line-up.

Detroit’s Andre Drummond, the NBA’s leading rebounder this season, is still among the top three frontcourt players in the Eastern Conference, which would qualify him to start. But Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, an eight-time All-Star, has closed Drummond’s lead to about 6,000 votes. Anthony’s teammate, Kristaps Porzingis, is the highest-ranked rookie, with 160,170 votes — good for ninth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players.

The Spurs and the Warriors each have five players among the Western Conference’s leading vote-getters. After sending four players to the All-Star Game last season, the only player the Atlanta Hawks have among the leading vote-getters this season is Paul Millsap (21,625), who is 15th among Eastern Conference forwards.

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.

26 Comments

  1. D-Mo says:

    Not to scare anyone out there, but there is a small development going on in the tiny nation of Georgia (the country, not the state), that the whole country is voting for their own – Zaza Pachulia. He’s currently ranked eighth in Western frontcourt players, ahead of the likes of DeMarcus Cousins. Georgian media and even the president are asking all Georgians to vote for Pachulia, and all Georgians from kinder-gardener to great-grandmother are complying. So be warned, Zaza might make it into third place in the West. That would make him a starter, not even being the best frontcourt player on his own team. So there you go, you heard it here first. Blame the Georgians, if it happens.

  2. Kobe got my vote, and Porzings.

  3. Indiana'sOwnLarryBird says:

    Kobe’s got my vote, Wade, Porzings and Towns too, love to see the two rookies in the game.

  4. Indiana'sOwnLarryBird says:

    Kobe’s got my vote

  5. Keith says:

    Total joke the fact Kobe is leading the Allstar vote

  6. rod says:

    all star game in air canada toronto???
    hoping vinsanity play also… aircanada15

  7. todd says:

    So much for Torontonians voting in local boy Andrew Wiggins.

  8. Ryan [IW] says:

    West:
    Starters:

    Guards: Curry, Westbrook
    Forwards: Durant, Green, Cousins

    Bench:

    Lillard, Harden, Leonard, Davis, Thompson, Griffin, Rondo

    East:
    Starters:

    Guards: Lowry, Butler
    Forwards: Lebron, George, Drummond

    Bench:

    Derozan, Wade, Melo, Thomas, Gasol, Wall, Lopez

  9. Els. says:

    I understand Kobe Bryant getting so many votes, but let’s be honest, he hasn’t been an ALL STAR in the last few seasons.

  10. Why isn’t jimmy butler in the conversation also pau gasol they both has been playing very well gasol has 20 rebounds the past games jimmy butler has been the leading scorer

  11. Shobee says:

    Your a moron if you don’t think harden should be a starter. he is 2nd leading scorer and makes all star plays, so what he doesn’t have the best team he is still playing better than most players.. this all star game is going to be so boring another year cuz ppl can’t vote for all star players

    • AMA27 says:

      So…people are morons for voting for Curry and Westbrook over Harden? They don’t make All-star plays?
      Do you ever watch any basketball players other than Harden?

  12. I know BBall says:

    Sorry in no shape form or fashion should Green be a starter over Leonard. Kobe is going to get in cause the final season legend thing and China of course but, certainly shouldn’t. Green is a very good player all-star even but, not a starting all-star he is a reserve at best.I actually think he is only doing what he is doing because so much attention has to be paid to Curry and Thompson now really. While Kawhi is the man in San Antonio without a doubt and they are 31-6 come on man!

    West starters: Kawhi, Durant, Davis, Westbrook and Curry.
    Reserves: Thompson, Green, Aldridge, Harden and Cousins

    East starters: Lebron, Butler, Drummond, Lowry and Love
    Reserves: Wall, Derozen, Bosh, Jackson and Melo

    • Spicy Beans says:

      I can see arguments for Kawhi over Green, but also Green over Kawhi. They’re both gonna make it either way. But I don’t think it makes sense to make such a strong statement like yours, “in no shape form or fashion should Green be a starter over Leonard.” They’re both pretty close if you ask me, and I bet if you ask most other bball fans.

      I really don’t see how Love should be a starter though, over Paul George, Pau Gasol, or Chris Bosh. All your other picks seem reasonable. But I think they usually have 12 man rosters, so I would add CP3 and maybe Lillard to your list of West reserves, and George, Wade, and Gasol to the East (and take out Love). Also I might pick Isaiah Thomas over Jackson barely, but Jackson would be pretty deserving too.

  13. I don’t agree that Kobe Bryant should be an all-star this year, but respect and understand that the fans want to see him one last time, and all that good stuff. It just makes me a little mad that other players are much more deserving and will not be chosen.. I also don’t think it’s fair that Kyrie Irving gets to play. He just came back. I completely understand that he is the best of the best in the Least, but again, no fair to the others (like John Wall) who may not get the opportunity and deserve it for all of their hard work. Then again, it’s the fans choice. I didn’t vote for either one of these guys.

  14. Saga says:

    Why all this surprise? It’s the All Star Game, it’s NOT basketball. It’s like the Academy Awards for cinema. No, sorry, correction: during the AA cerimony there IS some acting.

  15. Kim Wood says:

    As an ancient follower of all things BB, I believe Kobe, good as he still is, should not be considered for all-star status as his numbers simply don’t add up.

    All-stars are the best players in the league at the time, while exceptional career contributors like Kobe are enshrined in the Hall of Fame, as he will be very soon..

    Sincerely,
    We ‘da North!

  16. Mike says:

    Not a shock to hear deserving guys might not get their place at the expense of more popular star players, just got to hope the coaches don’t get it as wrong as some of the fans. Kobe will get the ‘Legend’ vote for final season much like MJ (although MJ was playing better) so not too upset about that, but kyrie getting in ahead of butler, lowry or derozen is wrong as well as melo catching drummond (just think of the putbacks and other dunks we could have instead of melos constant jump shooting!).

  17. Temuujin says:

    Fefe, I respectfully disagree with you.

  18. Miguel says:

    Green over Leonard? Are you crazy? Both should start, Kobe is not a small forward.
    Irving over Wall? Irving has just played what 6 games?
    Popularity contests…

  19. Fefe (Nets) says:

    Starters should be:
    WEST: Leonard – Green – Durant – Westbrook – Curry
    EAST: Lowry – Butler – James – George or Bosh – Drummond

    I don’t get how Wade & Irving are ahead: Wade has played well but Lowry, Butler and DeRozan has played better. Wall is coming back to form too. Irving…no comment…yes he a helluva player (he played bonkers vs the Wizards last night) but 7 games? And it’s in TORONTO: Lowry has played better + hasn’t been absent.

    I think both DeRozan and Lowry have been playing like All-Stars and deserve to represent the Raptors in TORONTO!

    • me says:

      I agree 1000%

    • All Stars 16 says:

      That lineup would be on-point. But it would feel weird for them to have gotten it so perfect after such a long streak of imperfect All-star starting lineups hahaha. So I guess we’ll just continue the tradition instead. After all, it’s biased, flawed human beings doing the voting

  20. Alexwong says:

    why the hell jimmy butler not in the discussion? the guy is playing so well this year man

    • arc says:

      Guys
      i think its obvious to anyone who follows the NBA, tis league is all about the fans and the entertainment so yes, its not fair, it has never being fair and probably never will. on this note i should say, vote for the player u think deserves to be in TORONTO for the big game.