Early Thursday, the NBA released the results of the All-Star ballots for the first time.
It’s pretty much what you would expect. Current scoring leader Kobe Bryant leads the way out West with 639,419 votes and the Miami Heat’s LeBron James carries the most support overall with 641,348 votes. James is joined by Dwyane Wade as one of the Eastern Conference’s voting leaders, with Wade leading the way amongst guards with 430,925 votes.
LeBron is nearly 70,000 votes ahead of Carmelo Anthony for most votes amongst forwards, while Wade possesses around a 50,000 vote advantage over Rajon Rondo. If voting were to end today, Wade and Rondo would start in the East’s backcourt–awkward–and James, Anthony and Kevin Garnett would start in the frontcourt.
Chris Bosh, however, is only 8,000 votes behind Garnett for that final starting spot. Surprisingly, Ray Allen has found himself in contention with 130,000 votes, ranking him 5th in voting amongst guards and being up by over 100,000 votes over 6th place.
Shane Battier has also found himself with a significant deal of votes, racking up 59,419 votes and currently standing 11th in voting amongst forwards.
While all of this is good and normal, out West there is a bit of an issue amongst voting amongst guards. Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul are one and two, respectively, but Jeremy Lin finds himself as the third highest receiver of votes in the guard category. He is ahead of more deserving candidates in teammate James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker. Lin is 55,000 votes behind Paul for a starting spot.
Fortunately for our sanity, it’s only the two players who receive the most fan votes that get to start. The reserves are picked by coaches around the league, meaning that it’s unlikely the point guard currently averaging 11.3 points per game on 40 percent shooting to go along with 6.1 assists per will receive an All-Star nod.