PAUL AND GRIFFIN AMONG WEST’S TOP 5 IN ALL-STAR BALLOTING FIRST RETURNS

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have been elected to two consecutive All-Star games as Clippers teammates and this year in New Orleans they’re looking to make it a trifecta.

Both Paul and Griffin were both among the Western Conference’s leading vote-getters in the first returns from NBA All-Star balloting released by the league Thursday.

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Griffin (292,925) is fewer than 3,000 votes behind Rockets center Dwight Howard for the No. 2 spot in the West’s three-man front court. The NBA’s leading scorer, Kevin Durant, is first. Paul is second in the West’s backcourt voting with 393,313 votes. Kobe Bryant, who has played two games this season since returning from a torn Achilles tendon, is the West’s second-leading vote-getter behind Durant.

Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan also represent the Clippers on this year’s ballot. However, Crawford and Redick were not listed among the top 10 in votes for backcourt players and Jordan was not among the top 15 in frontcourt players.

NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for NBA All-Star Game 2014. This year, the NBA expanded social media voting to include Instagram. Fans can use Instagram to vote by posting an original photo, using #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name in the photo caption. Fans can vote for 10 unique players per day.

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For the second year in a row, NBA fans can vote via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog in China. Twitter voting allows fans to tweet a vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include the player’s first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABallot. Facebook voting allows fans to comment on official league, team, or international NBA All-Star Facebook pages by commenting below the post with #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name. Voters can select 10 unique players per day.

NBA Fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day, through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.

There are several other ways fans can cast their votes as part of this season’s all-digital program including: in 11 languages on NBA.com/asb, through SMS voting by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting NBA.com/asb on any wireless device. Fans can vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player's last name. Message and data rates may apply. Voters can fill out one full ballot per day on nba.com/asb from a desktop or mobile browser.

Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 20, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 23, during a special one-hour edition of the Emmy Award-winning pregame show Inside the NBA at 4 p.m. PT, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT’s exclusive doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Lakers at the Miami Heat (5 p.m. PT) and the Denver Nuggets at the Portland Trail Blazers (7:30 p.m. PT). 

ALL-STAR BALLOTING RESULTS THROUGH DEC. 11, 2013

WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

Frontcourt:

1

Kevin Durant (OKC) 607,407

2

Dwight Howard (Hou) 295,120

3

Blake Griffin (LAC) 292,925

4

Kevin Love (Min) 275,506

5

Tim Duncan (SA) 217,271

6

Anthony Davis (NO) 149,579

7

Pau Gasol (LAL) 133,199

8

LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 132,818

9

Andre Iguodala (GS) 109,745

10

Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 89,093

11

Chandler Parsons (Hou) 77,179

12

DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 60,923

13

David Lee (GS) 60,015

14

Kawhi Leonard (SA) 55,023

15

Omer Asik (Hou) 53,827

 

 

Backcourt

1

Kobe Bryant (LAL) 501,215

2

Chris Paul (LAC) 393,313

3

Stephen Curry (GS) 327,449

4

Jeremy Lin (Hou) 240,404

5

James Harden (Hou) 198,667

6

Russell Westbrook (OKC) 149,065

7

Tony Parker (SA) 112,423

8

Ricky Rubio (Min) 63,096

9

Steve Nash (LAL) 60,782

10

Damian Lillard (POR) 55,847

 

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

 

Frontcourt

1

LeBron James (Mia) 609,336

2

Paul George (Ind) 489,335

3

Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 424,211

4

Roy Hibbert (Ind) 208,369

5

Chris Bosh (Mia) 156,364

6

Kevin Garnett (BKN) 102,825

7

Joakim Noah (Chi) 75,229

8

Jeff Green (Bos) 55,912

9

Luol Deng (Chi) 54,340

10

Tyson Chandler (NYK) 51,738

11

Andre Drummond (Det) 51,351

12

Carlos Boozer (Chi) 48,745

13

Paul Pierce (BKN) 45,145

14

Brook Lopez (BKN) 37,153

15

Josh Smith (Det) 32,025

 

 

Backcourt

1

Dwyane Wade (Mia) 396,279

2

Kyrie Irving (Cle) 365,712

3

Derrick Rose (Chi) 272,410

4

John Wall (Was) 124,851

5

Ray Allen (Mia) 99,464

6

Rajon Rondo (Bos) 80,889

7

Deron Williams (BKN) 44,282

8

George Hill (Ind) 42,536

9

Evan Turner (Phi) 33,605

10

Mario Chalmers (Mia) 32,996