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Kobe Bryant still leads in NBA All-Star voting

The second round of votes for the NBA All-Star voting were released Thursday and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant is still ahead.

Bryant, a 17-time All-Star pick, has 1,262,118 votes, which is more than Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (925,789).

To no surprise, LeBron James is leading the Eastern Conference with 636,388 votes while Indiana Pacers’ Paul George (457,554), Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond (261,158) and New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (255,536) lead the East frontcourt.

Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade (562,558) and the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (271,094), who just returned from an injury, are still leading in votes among East guards, followed by Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (242,276).

Of course, Curry along with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook are on top in the Western Conference guards category. Meanwhile, Bryant and Thunder’s Kevin Durant (616,096) lead in the frontcourt.

The next voting update for Verizon’s NBA All-Star Voting 2016 will be released on Thursday, Jan. 14 and it will come to an end on Jan. 18. The starters will be announced live on TNT Thursday, Jan. 21. Reserves will be announced one week afterward.

The 65th NBA All-Star Game is set for Sunday, Feb. 14 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

Here is the full list of frontrunners so far (courtesy of Yahoo Sports):

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Frontcourt

1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers: 636,388 votes
2. Paul George, Indiana Pacers: 457,554
3. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons: 261,158
4. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks: 255,536
5. Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls: 209,006
6. Chris Bosh, Miami Heat; 194,429
7. Kevin Love, Cavaliers: 172,517
8. Hassan Whiteside, Heat: 168,549
9. Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks: 160,170
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: 48,768
11. Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors: 30,023
12. Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards: 27,185
13. Joakim Noah, Bulls: 23,121
14. DeMarre Carroll, Raptors: 22,797
15. Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks: 21,625

BACKCOURT

1. Dwyane Wade, Heat: 562,558
2. Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers: 271,094
3. Kyle Lowry, Raptors: 242,276
4. Jimmy Butler, Bulls: 220,429
5. John Wall, Wizards: 207,274
6. DeMar DeRozan, Raptors: 170,539
7. Derrick Rose, Bulls: 159,787
8. Jeremy Lin, Hornets: 122,988
9. Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics: 87,452
10. Reggie Jackson, Pistons: 44,525

WESTERN CONFERENCE

FRONTCOURT

1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers: 1,262,118
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder: 616,096
3. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors: 332,223
4. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs: 330,929
5. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers: 298,212
6. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans: 261,491
7. Tim Duncan, Spurs: 228,995
8. Zaza Pachulia, Dallas Mavericks: 194,421
9. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings: 190,060
10. Enes Kanter, Thunder: 183,468
11. LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs: 124,404
12. Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets: 120,424
13. Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks: 99,681
14. DeAndre Jordan, Clippers: 91,186
15. Harrison Barnes, Warriors: 82,427

BACKCOURT

1. Stephen Curry, Warriors: 925,789
2. Russell Westbrook, Thunder: 479,512
3. Chris Paul, Clippers: 268,672
4. Klay Thompson, Warriors: 267,602
5. James Harden, Rockets: 249,877
6. Rajon Rondo, Kings: 120,767
7. Andre Iguodala, Warriors: 111,575
8. Manu Ginobili, Spurs: 100,602
9. Tony Parker, Spurs: 86,238
10. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: 81,035

Do you want to vote for your favorite players? Here is how (thanks to NBA):

  • NBA.com voting page at NBA.com/vote: Fill out one full ballot per day on NBA.com/vote from a desktop or mobile browser.
  • NBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which is available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day.
  • Twitter: Tweet, retweet or reply with the player’s first and last name or handle, along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE.  Each tweet may include only one player’s name.  Fans can vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the All-Star voting period.
  • Facebook: Use the player’s first and last name along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE in a post on your personal Facebook account, or comment on another’s Facebook post.  Fans can post votes for 10 unique players per day, and each vote may contain only one player’s name.
  • Instagram: Post an original photo with the hashtag #NBAVOTE and the player’s first and last name in the photo caption.  Fans can vote for 10 unique players per day, and each vote may contain only one player’s name.
  • SMS: Text the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”) on any wireless device.  Fans can vote for 10 different players per day per phone number via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player’s last name. Message and data rates may apply.
  • Google Search: Search “NBA Vote All-Star” or “NBA Vote Team Name” (ex: NBA Vote Celtics) and use respective team cards to select players.  Voters can submit one vote per player per day, with up to 10 total votes per day.

 

 

In other Kobe Bryant news, the all star is set to return Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings after missing three games due to soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder, coach Bryon Scott said Thursday afternoon.

Good for you, Kobe!

About Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com