The first round of NBA All-Star voting has been released to the public, and there aren't a ton of surprises at the top. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is the leading vote-getter, ammassing 722,682 votes, nearly doubling the second-place guard, Chris Paul. In the Eastern Conference, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is the leading vote-getter, with 611,561 votes, just a few thousand ahead of LeBron James.
If voting ended today, these would be your starters for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.
- G: Dwyane Wade (570,489 votes)
- G: Rajon Rondo (497,141)
- F: LeBron James (607,994)
- F: Kevin Garnett (456,111)
- C: Dwight Howard (611,561)
- G: Kobe Bryant (722,682)
- G: Chris Paul (386,649)
- F: Kevin Durant (470,881)
- F: Pau Gasol (390,808)
- C: Yao Ming (430,984)
- Amare Stoudemire, fresh off a nine-game stretch of at least 30 points, is third among Eastern Conference forwards with 327,696 votes, well behind Garnett.
- Chris Bosh checks in at the fifth position with 161,801 votes, behind James, Garnett, Stoudemire and Paul Pierce.
- Clippers rookie Blake Griffin received 245,167 votes, but that's only sixth among Western Conference forwards, behind Durant, Gasol, Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan.
- Wizards rookie John Wall is fifth among guards with 120,284 votes. His teammate, Gilbert Arenas, is seventh, for some reason.
- Who is second among Eastern Conference centers? Why, it's Shaquille O'Neal, with 241,782 votes.
- Russell Westbrook is just seventh among Western Conference guards, despite having an unbelievable season.
- The top two Western Conference centers (Yao Ming and Andrew Bynum) have played in a combined seven games this year. Center number three? Brendan Haywood, who doesn't even start on his own team.