Click here to Skip to main content
Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

Howard, Bryant maintain All-Star vote leads; LeBron rises

By Official Release
Posted Jan 1 2009 1:22PM

NEW YORK -- Orlando's Dwight Howard, the defending Sprite Slam Dunk champion, remains as the overall leader with 1,709,088 votes following the third returns of 2009 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets still occupy the top spots in the Western Conference.


Cast your vote for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game
Cast your vote for the fourth Sprite Slam Dunk participant

Phoenix will host the NBA All-Star Game for the third time when the midseason classic is played for the 58th time on Sunday, Feb. 15. The game will air live (8pm ET) on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The NBA All-Star Game was played in Phoenix in both 1975 and 1995.

Related Story
In the second All-Star balloting returns, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard lead the pack. Read Full Article

Cleveland's LeBron James, the 2008 NBA All-Star Game MVP, paces all Eastern Conference forwards with 1,521,272 votes, followed by Boston's Kevin Garnett (1,101,541), the leading vote-recipient in 2008. Miami's Dwyane Wade, the NBA's leading scorer, leads all Eastern Conference guards with 1,473,225 votes, followed by Detroit's Allen Iverson (1,027,153). Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert (239,089) is running second to Howard at the center position.

Bryant leads all Western Conference players with 1,534,020 votes, followed by Yao (1,396,126). The Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady follows Bryant at the guard position with 961,852 votes. San Antonio's Tim Duncan (1,132,095) and Phoenix's Amar'e Stoudemire (743,639) pace all Western Conference forwards, with Shaquille O'Neal (727,975) of the Phoenix Suns trailing Yao at the center position.

Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have received their due from fans, but's John Schuhmann looks at some players deserving (yet lacking) in votes. Read Full Article

The 2009 NBA All-Star Balloting program, which also includes partner 2K Sports, allows fans around the world to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the All-Star Game in a variety of ways, including: at each NBA arena; in 20 languages on; and through mobile phones at t-zones® on T-Mobile phones or for any wireless carrier. A T-Mobile-branded All-Star Balloting widget is available on so that fans can "grab" the widget and place it on their blogs, social network pages, or personal websites allowing others to vote directly from the widget. Voting will continue through Jan. 11, for paper balloting and Jan. 19, for and wireless balloting.

NBA All-Star 2009 is a week-long celebration that enables fans to experience the thrill of the world's greatest athletes playing the game they love and features a full slate of community-enhancing activities including the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service and fan festivals such as NBA All-Star Jam Session.

One hundred twenty players -- 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences -- are listed on the NBA All-Star ballot. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference. The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media experts who regularly cover the NBA. This year's panel included Paul Coro (Arizona Republic), Ernie Johnson (TNT), Jack McCallum (Sports Illustrated), David Moore (Dallas Morning News), Marc Spears (Boston Globe) and Marc Stein (

The final balloting update will be issued on Thursday, Jan. 8 and the announcement of the All-Star starters will take place on Thursday Jan. 22, prior to a TNT doubleheader. Following the completion of fan voting and the starting line-up announcement, the head coaches in each conference will vote to determine the remaining All-Stars in their respective conference, which will be announced Thursday, Jan. 29 prior to a TNT doubleheader.

As the presenting partner of the 2009 NBA All-Star Balloting program, and in support of the NBA's season-long effort to better the various communities in Phoenix, T-Mobile will donate $1 for every ballot cast on t-zones, T-Mobile's wireless Web portal, to help the youth of Phoenix. The week leading up to the 58th NBA All-Star Game will feature a full slate of community-enhancing activities and fan festivals, such as NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam on Friday, Feb. 13.

Leaders of the Eastern Conference in the third returns of NBA All-Star balloting for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix.
Player Votes
LeBron James (Clev) 1,521,272
Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,101,541
Yi Jianlian (NJ) 959,324
Chris Bosh (Tor) 601,204
Paul Pierce (Bos) 387,105
Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 236,360
Shawn Marion (Mia) 230,119
Danny Granger (Ind) 155,484
Josh Smith (Atl) 131,281
Michael Beasley (Mia) 121,632
Tayshaun Prince (Det) 114,869
Player Votes
Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,473,225
Allen Iverson (Det) 1,027,153
Vince Carter (NJ) 708,699
Ray Allen (Bos) 435,945
Devin Harris (NJ) 359,442
Gilbert Arenas (Wash) 283,030
Luke Ridnour (Mil) 276,009
Derrick Rose (Chi) 242,740
Jose Calderon (Tor) 221,946
Jameer Nelson (Orl) 198,050
Joe Johnson (Atl) 189,343
Player Votes
Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,709,088
Samuel Dalembert (Phi) 239,089
Rasheed Wallace (Det) 197,785
Jermaine ONeal (Tor) 177,121
Andrew Bogut (Mil) 151,043
Al Horford (Atl) 140,637
Ben Wallace (Clev) 112,014
Emeka Okafor (Char) 100,114
Brendan Haywood (Wash) 89,664
Zyrdrunas Ilgauskas (Cle) 78,035
Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 68,513
Leaders of the Western Conference in the third returns of NBA All-Star balloting for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix.
Player Votes
Tim Duncan (SA) 1,132,095
Amare Stoudemire (Pho) 743,639
Carmelo Anthony (Den) 725,411
Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 673,720
Ron Artest (Hou) 662,510
Pau Gasol (LAL) 495,835
Bruce Bowen (SA) 375,079
Shane Battier (Hou) 374,413
Luis Scola (Hou) 228,598
Josh Howard (Dal) 228,157
LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 170,056
Player Votes
Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,534,020
Tracy McGrady (Hou) 961,852
Chris Paul (NO) 867,889
Manu Ginobili (SA) 500,158
Tony Parker (SA) 459,718
Steve Nash (Pho) 345,948
Jason Kidd (Dal) 331,203
Rafer Alston (Hou) 282,767
Jason Terry (Dal) 265,521
Brandon Roy (Por) 210,755
Chauncey Billups (Den) 205,554
Player Votes
Yao Ming (Hou) 1,396,126
Shaquille ONeal (Pho) 727,975
Andrew Bynum (LAL) 294,381
Mehmet Okur (Utah) 256,902
Greg Oden (Por) 162,299
Andris Biedrins (GS) 129,488
Tyson Chandler (NO) 112,949
Al Jefferson (Minn) 100,480
Nick Collison (OKC) 69,039
Marcus Camby (LAC) 57,474
Chris Kaman (LAC) 21,814

In conjunction with All-Star Balloting, 2K Sports will give fans the opportunity to experience Phoenix and the best of basketball by entering the NBA 2K9 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to NBA All-Star 2009 and to have their likeness as a digitized player incorporated in next year's game, NBA 2K10.

photo2015-16 Top 10 Defensive Plays
Check out the Top 10 Defensive stops and blocks from the 2015-16 season.
photoNBA Rooks: Jakob Poeltl Gets Ready for the Season
Here's a look at Jakob Poeltl, the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, as he gets ready to start his NBA journey.
photoReal Training Camp: Tyronn Lue
Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue talks with Kristen Ledlow and Steve Smith about the Cavaliers upcoming season.
photoReal Training Camp: Jim Chones
Cavaliers radio analyst Jim Chones chats about the team and the upcoming season.
photoReal Training Camp: Jason Lloyd Talks Cavs
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal joins Kristen Ledlow and Steve Smith to discuss the Cavs upcoming season.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.