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Fans are voting Kyrie Irving as an All-Star even though he's played 2 games

In the first return of All-Star votes, the retiring Kobe Bryant leads all players by a wide margin.

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Kyrie Irving missed the first two months of the NBA season, but that's not stopping fans from voting him into the All-Star game. In the first release of voting results, Irving is second to Dwyane Wade amongst Eastern Conference guards.

Kobe Bryant, in the midst of his final season, leads all vote getters by a large margin -- his 719,235 is over 200,000 more than last year's leading vote getter, Stephen Curry. LeBron James leads the Eastern Conference with 357,937 votes.

If voting stopped today, these would be your NBA All-Star starters:


Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Paul George, Andre Drummond


Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin

Here's the current vote count:

While Irving and Bryant may not be having All-Star seasons, it's not uncommon for injured or retiring stars to lead the fan vote. Magic Johnson came out of retirement to put on a show in the 1992 All-Star game.

The last day to vote is Jan. 18. From there, starters will be announced on Jan. 21 and the reserves will be announced one week later.

The All-Star game is on Feb. 14 in Toronto.