The NBA released the third totals of the 2013 NBA All-Star game today. Kobe Bryant continued his lead over Lebron James. Kevin Durant was in third place when the votes were released. Durant held a 33,000 vote advantage over Carmelo Anthony. With 11 more days left in voting, looks like Durant is a shoe in to start as a forward for the Western Conference. He leads all forwards by at least 280,000 votes.
Durant has been leading the Western Conference forwards since the initial ballots have been released. He has been a two year starter, and is all but announced a starter for a third straight season. It will be Durant’s fourth straight All-Star selection. Last season, Durant was the All-Star game MVP. He’s a favorite to be MVP again.
Two other Thunder players are also trying to get an All-Star selection. Doesn’t look like that will be the case this season. Oklahoma City Guard, Russell Westbrook is currently ranked fifth with 268,558 votes behind Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,177,456, Chris Paul (LAC) 651,893, Jeremy Lin (Hou) 605,624, James Harden (Hou) 337,585. Harden holds a 69,000 vote lead over Westbrook. Expect the honey badger to steal one of the reserve slots when the line ups are announced.
Serge Ibaka is trying to qualify for his first All-Star game. However, he has his work cut out for him. He’s currently ranked ninth in the forward category. He’s behind Durant 1,088,797, Dwight Howard (LAL) 716,671, Blake Griffin (LAC) 593,024, Tim Duncan (SA) 352,534, Pau Gasol (LAL) 239,440, Kevin Love (Min) 221,291, Omer Asik (Hou) 160,935, Rudy Gay (Mem) 140,864. so, it’ll take a real landslide of a come back for Ibaka to be chosen for a Western Conference Starter.
Two other Thunder players are up for votes, Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Martin were nominated for the All-Star team, but they do not rank high enough to even be on the return totals. So, it’s safe to say neither of them will be in Houston for the All-Star game on February 17th.
2013 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY SPRINT EASTERN CONFERENCE
Frontcourt: LeBron James (Mia) 1,151,304, Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 1,054,099, Kevin Garnett (Bos) 390,751, Chris Bosh (Mia) 362,973, Tyson Chandler (NYK) 315,752, Paul Pierce (Bos) 205,096, Joakim Noah (Chi) 158,743, Josh Smith (Atl) 131,508, Anderson Varejao (Cle) 116,166, Shane Battier (Mia) 107,190, Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 104,109, Andrew Bynum (Phi) 93,611, Luol Deng (Chi) 90,736, Brook Lopez (BKN) 76,695, Jeff Green (Bos) 62,367
Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 765,077, Rajon Rondo (Bos) 675,822, Deron Williams (BKN) 350,618, Kyrie Irving (Cle) 308,878, Ray Allen (Mia) 232,441, Monta Ellis (Mil) 84,609, Raymond Felton (NYK) 77,123, Jrue Holiday (Phi) 66,514, Jason Terry (Bos) 62,189, Brandon Jennings (Mil) 56,826
2013 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY SPRINT WESTERN CONFERENCE
Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,088,797, Dwight Howard (LAL) 716,671, Blake Griffin (LAC) 593,024, Tim Duncan (SA) 352,534, Pau Gasol (LAL) 239,440, Kevin Love (Min) 221,291, Omer Asik (Hou) 160,935, Rudy Gay (Mem) 140,864, Serge Ibaka (OKC) 134,172, Marc Gasol (Mem) 114,465, LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 111,156, Zach Randolph (Mem) 111,046, Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 106,623, Metta World Peace (LAL) 106,025, Chandler Parsons (Hou) 93,057
Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,177,456, Chris Paul (LAC) 651,893, Jeremy Lin (Hou) 605,624, James Harden (Hou) 337,585, Russell Westbrook (OKC) 268,558, Steve Nash (LAL) 202,274, Tony Parker (SA) 128,966, Ricky Rubio (Min) 112,352, Stephen Curry (GS) 97,761, Manu Ginobili (SA) 84,564