NBA All-Star Voting: Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard Leading Vote-Getters After Early Results

The first round of results are in for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, and Kobe Bryant is leading the way.

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.

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The most closely-contested positions now are the Western Conference forwards (Gasol leads Carmelo Anthony by 21,040 votes) and Eastern Conference guards (Rondo leads Derrick Rose by 72,785 votes). Some other notables:
  • 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.

 

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