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Rose, Noah, Boozer, Deng among All-Star vote leaders

Kobe Bryant Leads all Players, Dwight Howard Tops the East in first All-Star ballot returns

NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2010 - Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder top the Western Conference, while Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and LeBron James of the Miami Heat lead the Eastern Conference after the first returns of 2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile. Bryant, The Finals MVP last season, is the overall leader with 722,682 votes.

The 2011 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles - on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

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 (386,649). Kevin Durant, a member of last year's All-NBA First Team, paces forwards in the West (470,881), with the Lakers' Pau Gasol (390,808) second. The Houston Rockets' Yao Ming (430,984) is the leading vote-getter among Western Conference centers, with the Lakers' Andrew Bynum (198,044) following.

Howard, the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference with 611,561 votes paces centers in the East, followed by the Boston Celtics' Shaquille O'Neal (241,782). James, a two-time All-Star MVP (2006, 2008), leads all Eastern Conference forwards with 607,994 votes, followed by the Celtics' Kevin Garnett (456,111), MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game. The Heat's Dwyane Wade, last year's All-Star Game MVP, paces guards in the East with 570,489 votes; the Celtics' Rajon Rondo is second (497,141).

2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile, with associate partner 2K Sports, allows fans around the world to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. Paper balloting will continue through Jan. 17, while wireless balloting and voting on NBA.com will conclude Jan. 23. There are several ways fans can cast their votes, including: at each NBA arena; in 20 languages on NBA.com; and through mobile phones by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting m.nba.com on any wireless carrier.

For SMS voting, fans can vote for All-Stars any time by texting a player's last name from their mobile phones on any wireless carrier. Fans can cast one SMS vote per day, per phone number. Message and data rates may apply. T-Mobile customers will receive an exclusive 15 percent discount code to NBAStore.com for voting via SMS voting. Upon voting, T-Mobile customers will get a bounceback message with a discount code for them to use on NBAStore.com.

Fans can vote directly on NBA.com or use their Facebook profile information to help create an NBA.com All-Access account, which enables them to complete a ballot. After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.

The leaders of both the Eastern and Western Conference players for the first returns of the 2011 NBA All-Star voting program are :

Eastern Conference


1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 570,489
2. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 497,141
3. Derrick Rose (Chicago) 424,356
4. Ray Allen (Bos) 235,977
5. John Wall (Was) 120,284
6. Vince Carter (Orl) 117,628
7. Gilbert Arenas (Was) 88,599
8. Brandon Jennings (Mil) 65,705
9. Joe Johnson (Atl) 46,811
10. Jamal Crawford (Atl) 31,524


1. LeBron James (Mia) 607,994
2. Kevin Garnett (Bos) 456,111
3. Amar'e Stoudemire (NYK) 327,626
4. Paul Pierce (Bos) 235,107
5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 161,801
6. Josh Smith (Atl) 104,713
7. Carlos Boozer (Chicago) 82,655
8. Andre Iguodala (Phi) 71,517
9. Danny Granger (Ind) 66,759
10. Luol Deng (Chicago) 52,398


1. Dwight Howard (Orl) 611,561
2. Shaquille O'Neal (Bos) 241,782
3. Joakim Noah (Chicago) 97,163
4. Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 53,275
5. Al Horford (Atl) 49,098
6. Andrew Bogut (Mil) 48,298
7. Brook Lopez (NJ) 38,103
8. JaVale McGee (Was) 36,227
9. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 35,006
10. Ben Wallace (Det) 21,858

Western Conference


1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 722,682
2. Chris Paul (NO) 386,649
3. Manu Ginobili (SA) 230,137
4. Steve Nash (Pho) 190,226
5. Deron Williams (Utah) 184,148
6. Jason Kidd (Dal) 141,283
7. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 140,519
8. Eric Gordon (LAC) 113,510
9. Tony Parker (SA) 103,238
10. Derek Fisher (LAL) 81,088


1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 470,881
2. Pau Gasol (LAL) 390,808
3. Carmelo Anthony (Den) 369,768
4. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 264,301
5. Tim Duncan (SA) 247,364
6. Blake Griffin (LAC) 245,167
7. Lamar Odom (LAL) 134,594
8. Luis Scola (Hou) 119,901
9. Caron Butler (Dal) 96,785
10. Kevin Love (Min) 81,865


1. Yao Ming (Hou) 430,984
2. Andrew Bynum (LAL) 198,044
3. Brendan Haywood (Dal) 127,375
4. Marc Gasol (Mem) 120,811
5. Emeka Okafor (NOH) 115,647
6. Nene (Den) 105,747
7. Chris Kaman (LAC) 87,536
8. Marcus Camby (Por) 57,046
9. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 37,571
10. Andris Biedrins (GS) 36,655

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