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Rose among East's top three Guards in All-Star voting

Kobe Bryant Leads all Players, Dwight Howard Tops the East


NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 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 second returns of 2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile. Bryant, The Finals MVP last season, is the overall leader with 1,153,694 votes.

The 2011 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live 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 (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).

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.

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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

Guards:

1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 938,402
2. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 777,310
3. Derrick Rose (Chicago) 721,122
4. Ray Allen (Bos) 392,441
5. John Wall (Was) 169,219
6. Gilbert Arenas (Orl) 144,889
7. Brandon Jennings (Mil) 128,556
8. Raymond Felton (NYK) 105,425
9. Joe Johnson (Atl) 99,598
10. Jamal Crawford (Atl) 97,809

Forwards:

1. LeBron James (Mia) 969,459
2. Kevin Garnett (Bos) 712,555
3. Amar'e Stoudemire (NYK) 637,486
4. Paul Pierce (Bos) 381,348
5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 260,007
6. Josh Smith (Atl) 193,897
7. Carlos Boozer (Chicago) 159,073
8. Danilo Gallinari (NYK) 127,726
9. Andre Iguodala (Phi) 115,660
10. Danny Granger (Ind) 107,145

Centers:

1. Dwight Howard (Orl) 988,572
2. Shaquille O'Neal (Bos) 410,663
3. Joakim Noah (Chicago) 153,657
4. Al Horford (Atl) 120,404
5. Andrew Bogut (Mil) 110,153
6. Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 92,822
7. Brook Lopez (NJN) 77,048
8. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 70,698
9. JaVale McGee (Was) 59,508
10. Ben Wallace (Det) 44,375

Western Conference

Guards:

1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,153,694
2. Chris Paul (NO) 585,690
3. Manu Ginobili (SA) 403,632
4. Steve Nash (Pho) 321,659
5. Deron Williams (Utah) 313,011
6. Jason Kidd (Dal) 234,779
7. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 233,593
8. Tony Parker (SA) 219,378
9. Vince Carter (Pho) 185,213
10. Eric Gordon (LAC) 179,917

Forwards:

1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 735,521
2. Carmelo Anthony (Den) 602,516
3. Pau Gasol (LAL) 597,201
4. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 447,737
5. Tim Duncan (SA) 436,651
6. Blake Griffin (LAC) 435,857
7. Lamar Odom (LAL) 232,299
8. Luis Scola (Hou) 197,728
9. Kevin Love (Min) 171,945
10. Caron Butler (Dal) 168,937

Centers:

1. Yao Ming (Hou) 637,527
2. Andrew Bynum (LAL) 376,283
3. Brendan Haywood (Dal) 215,905
4. Nene (Den) 211,475
5. Marc Gasol (Mem) 205,227
6. Emeka Okafor (NOH) 172,012
7. Chris Kaman (LAC) 131,741
8. Marcus Camby (Por) 111,346
9. Andris Biedrins (GS) 65,908
10. Robin Lopez (Pho) 62,199