NBA All-Star voting: LeBron James, Kevin Durant lead early balloting results

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James led all vote-getters in the early returns for NBA All-Star balloting. Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant were on his heels.

Miami Heat star LeBron James earned 609,336 votes to lead all players in the first release of NBA All-Star voting results, while Kevin Durant led the Western Conference with 607,407 tallies.

If it were today, the Eastern Conference starting lineup in the All-Star game would include a frontcourt of James, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, while Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving would start in the backcourt. Durant would be joined in the Western Conference starting lineup by Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin in the frontcourt and the backcourt duo of Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.


Among the more questionable vote-getters were Rajon Rondo, who hasn't appeared in a game this season because of a torn ACL, and Steve Nash, the Lakers guard who averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 assists in just three games played. Additionally, Bryant was third in total votes despite having been back from his torn Achilles for just two games.

The Brooklyn Nets placed four players in the early results despite a 7-14 start and, arguably, only center Brook Lopez putting up All-Star level production.

Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers lead the Western Conference but only saw forward LaMarcus Aldridge come in eighth place in the conference's frontcourt vote-getters and point guard Damian Lillard rank 10th among the backcourt players.

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt

1.         LeBron James (Miami Heat) 609,336

2.         Paul George (Indiana Pacers) 489,335

3.         Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) 424,211

4.         Roy Hibbert (Indiana Pacers) 208,369

5.         Chris Bosh (Miami Heat) 156,364

6.         Kevin Garnett (Brooklyn Nets) 102,825

7.         Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls) 75,229

8.         Jeff Green (Boston Celtics) 55,912

9.         Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls) 54,340

10.       Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks) 51,738

11.       Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) 51,351

12.       Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls) 48,745

13.       Paul Pierce (Brooklyn Nets) 45,145

14.       Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) 37,153

15.       Josh Smith (Detroit Pistons) 32,025

Backcourt

1.         Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) 396,279

2.         Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) 365,712

3.         Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) 272,410

4.         John Wall (Washington Wizards) 124,851

5.         Ray Allen (Miami Heat) 99,464

6.         Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics) 80,889

7.         Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets) 44,282

8.         George Hill (Indiana Pacers) 42,536

9.         Evan Turner (Philadelphia 76ers) 33,605

10.       Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat) 32,996

Western Conference

Frontcourt:

1.         Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) 607,407

2.         Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets) 295,120

3.         Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) 292,925

4.         Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) 275,506

5.         Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) 217,271

6.         Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) 149,579

7.         Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) 133,199

8.         LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) 132,818

9.         Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors) 109,745

10.       Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) 89,093

11.       Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets) 77,179

12.       DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) 60,923

13.       David Lee (Golden State Warriors) 60,015

14.       Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs) 55,023

15.       Omer Asik (Houston Rockets) 53,827

Backcourt

1.         Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) 501,215

2.         Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) 393,313

3.         Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriosr) 327,449

4.         Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets) 240,404

5.         James Harden (Houston Rockets) 198,667

6.         Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) 149,065

7.         Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) 112,423

8.         Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves) 63,096

9.         Steve Nash (Los Angeles Lakers) 60,782

10.       Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) 55,847

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