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Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard top NBA All-Star vote

Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:20 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:54 pm
The latest round of votes for the NBA All-Star game have been announced, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Orlando Magic centerkobe-dwight Dwight Howard lead the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively. Posted by Ben Golliver

The NBA All-Star game fan voting process is one of the world's most elaborate popularity contests, and some familiar names top the latest round of this year's results, released today by the NBA.   Western Conference
In the Western Conference, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant leads the way, and he is the top overall vote-getter, clocking in at more than 1.1 million. The other current starters for the West include Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul, Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony and Houston Rockets center Yao Ming. Yao, of course, has played just five games so far this season due to injuries, and recently suffered a season-ending stress fracture in his ankle. Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who has also missed extensive time due to injuries this year, is in second place behind Yao. Yes, this makes no sense. Did the fans get it right?  Bryant and Durant are locks. You can quibble between Paul or Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, but Paul is a solid choice. MVP candidate Dirk Nowitzi is the biggest snub here, as he should certainly be in above Anthony. As for the center position, the ballot for that position is a mess and the West should probably just play four-on-five.
Eastern Conference

In the Eastern Conference, there's no question about which center is most deserving (and popular). Indeed, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard leads the East in overall votes, at just under one million. He's joined by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Boston Celtics guard Rajon RondoDid the fans get it right? 

Howard, James and Wade are all locks. There's a strong argument that Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose should be in ahead of Rondo, but I like Rondo here as well. As for Garnett, he probably deserves to get bumped so that New York Knicks power forward and MVP candidate Amar'e Stoudemire fills out the starting five. That's not as bad an oversight as Anthony over Nowitzki, but a little team diversity in the starting lineup never hurt anyone. Here's the full list of votes for the starters courtesy of an NBA press release.
Bryant, The Finals MVP last season, is the overall leader with 1,153,694 votes.In  the Western Conference, Bryant, a three-time All-Star MVP, who garnered the  honor  in 2002, 2007 and 2009, is followed at guard by the New Orleans Hornets’  Chris  Paul  (585,690).  Kevin  Durant,  a  member of last year’s All-NBA First Team, paces forwards in the West (735,521), with the Nuggets’ Carmelo  Anthony  (602,516) second. The Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming (637,527) is  the  leading  vote-getter  among  Western  Conference centers, with the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum (376,283) placing second.
Howard,  the  leading  vote-getter  in  the Eastern Conference with 988,572 votes, paces centers in the East, followed by the Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal  (410,663).  James,  a two-time All-Star MVP (2006, 2008), leads all Eastern  Conference  forwards  with 969,459 votes, followed by the Celtics’ Kevin  Garnett  (712,555), MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade  paces  all  guards  with  938,402  votes; the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo is second among guards in the East (777,310).
The 2011 NBA All-Star game will be played on February 20 in Los Angeles, California.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:37 pm

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard top NBA All-Star vote

Kobe is a beast and has the rings

Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 2:18 am

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard top NBA All-Star vote

Derrick Rose should be among the league leaders, but I may be a little biast. But he is the only guy in the league averaging 24ppg 4rpg and 8apg. That's impressive. Rondo deserves to be on the team for sure. He is the glue of the Celtics team. Even more so now with Garnetts calf injury. But Rose should get the start.
As for Noah. He has a chance at most improved. When Boozer got that hand injury, he knew what he had to, and he did it. And watching the Bulls you can see how much they are missing him. I don't know that he is starting all star material yet, particuarly in the same conference as Howard.

Because I'm biasd, I wouldn't want Lebron on the all star team ever. But he has earned it. To have stats like his on a team that talented, that's pretty good. I still like Wade as a player, even though I hate the Heat, so I'm glad he's going to make it.

I feel like the only reason this artical didn't mention Carlos Boozer (another Bulls player, I know... shut up) is because he missed the first 15ish games of the season. But he has really fit in with the Bulls offense, and is putting up impressive stats too. If isn't al least put on the team, I'll be upset. And he should be too.

So the Eastern conference linup should be (in my unfortunataly biast opinion).
PG Derrick Rose
SG Dwyane Wade
SF Lebron James
PF Amare Stodemire
C Dwight Howard

I was going to analize the Western conference, but I'm tired, so if liked this, sorry, and if you hate everything I said, your welcome.

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 5:25 pm

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard top NBA All-Star vote

Rondo over Rose?????? They need to stop letting the mentally handicapped vote. Shaq in 2nd is a joke too, it SHOULD be Noah. PLEASE take voting away from the fans, this is a HORRIBLE system.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 5:06 pm

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard top NBA All-Star vote

Stoudemire is pretty much single handeley reviving the NY Knicks.  He's def an MVP candidate.  Garnett over him?  Who the fk votes?  That's a joke. 

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:55 pm

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard top NBA All-Star vote

I am all for Arenas getting a second chance after his "joke", which just happened to be a criminal violation of DC law, got him suspended last season -- I have no problem with that -- but 15 ppg on 39% shooting makes you an All-Star at Guard over Wade, Rondo, Rose?  Sorry, but I don't think so.  I understand your point and Arenas deserves a second chance for sure, and he's getting it, but he simply does not seem to be the same explosive offensive player he used to be...right now he is not an All-Star caliber player, just a "good" NBA player.  For my money, its Wade and Rose with Rondo a very close 3rd.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:53 pm

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard top NBA All-Star vote

Derrick Rose should be starting.

And to Bulls fans - I do believe Noah should be there even though he's hurt. has the numbers. But the injury will keep him out. Snubbed two years straight.

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:43 pm

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard top NBA All-Star vote

Gilbert Arenas should be in there man. One of the most talented and exciting guards to play this game. He's a good guy and is rising above the crap aimed at him from press and ignorant fans. So he took guns into a changing think this is an unusual thing? Why hammer Gilbert for playing a joke. He has shown immense dignity and will show with the Magic that he is better than Nelson and will win the magic players a set of rings. Legend.

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