Nov. 29 -- Balloting for NBA All-Star 2006 is under way. To give you a better idea of the top voting options, NBA.com will break down all six positions -- West guards, forwards and centers, and East guards, forwards and centers -- over the coming weeks.
Today's Ballot Breakdown covers the Western Conference guards, ranked statistically (by the sum total of their scoring, rebounding and assist averages). Read about Kobe, Ray, Baron and company, then cast your vote and help select the starters for the 2006 All-Star Game in Houston on Feb. 19. (Note: All statistics are through games played on Nov. 28.)
Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
These former All-Stars could again be in the same backcourt come February.
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34.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.3 APG
Bryant is showing he knows how to score and he's doing it on a consistent basis, having failed to tally at least 30 points in only three contests this season. The one downside to all that scoring is his rebound and assist numbers have dipped from recent years.
Steve Nash, Phoenix
Averages: 17.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 10.8 APG
Breakdown: Last year's MVP is still the engine behind the Suns' offense. Nash leads all playmakers in assists per game (10.8) and is putting up points at around the same clip as he did in his best days in Dallas.
Ray Allen, Seattle
Averages: 23.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.7 APG
Breakdown: Ray led all scorers at last year's classic in Denver by pouring in 17 points. This year he's leading all scorers in Seattle, but the Sonics are struggling more than this time last year.
Jason Richardson, Golden State
Averages: 21.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.3 APG
Breakdown: Richardson is putting up comparable numbers to last year but one figure may help him reach the big game for the first time: 10-6, the Warriors current record and their highest winning percentage at this point in the season since Richardson entered the NBA in 2001.
Tony Parker, San Antonio
Averages: 21.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.7 APG
Breakdown: Parker's scoring average has exploded this season behind his hot shooting -- his .563 mark from the field is tops among all point guards and sixth best overall. Parker is teaming with Tim Duncan (21.7 ppg) to become the first pair of Spurs to each top the 20-point mark since Duncan and David Robinson accomplished the feat in 1997-98.
Chris Paul, NO/OKC
Averages: 16.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 6.6 APG
Breakdown: A close look at the All-Star ballot reveals Speedy Claxton listed as the Hornets point guard. Fans will note, however, that Claxton has been handed a reserve role while rookie Paul has started all 13 contests. Paul is looking like an early favorite for Rookie of the Year honors and could garner his fair share of write-in votes by ranking among the game's top players in assists (12th) and steals (sixth) per game in only his first year.
Baron Davis, Golden State
Averages: 14.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 8.9 APG
Breakdown: His scoring and percentages are down, but that's not where he helps this team the most. His assists are at a career best, guiding the Warriors toward the top of the Pacific Division. How important has Davis been to the Warriors since he joined the team last season? The team has gone 28-15 in games Davis has played.
Sam Cassell, LA Clippers
Averages: 15.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.3 APG
Breakdown: The addition of Cassell and Cuttino Mobley in the offseason have the Clippers off to a franchise-best start. Cassell's numbers have rebounded to those of two years ago, when he made his first All-Star appearance.
Mike Bibby, Sacramento
The Kings have shaken off a rough start largely behind the strong play of their point guard.
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18.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.2 APG
After the Kings got out to a 1-4 start, the team has rallied to win five of eight contests. Bibby's game has picked up along with the Kings' offense, averaging 22.3 points over the last eight games compared to just 12 ppg over the first five of the season.
Cuttino Mobley, LA Clippers
Averages: 16.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.3 APG
Breakdown: His scoring's dipped a little in L.A., but the change of scenery has served Mobley well. He's registering career-highs in rebounds, assists and shooting from the field and the stripe.
Andre Miller, Denver
Averages: 11.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 7.3 APG
Breakdown: Miller's been a consistent presence in Denver, playing in every game for the team since he came to Denver before the 2003-04 season. Miller's presence, however, is felt beyond the Rockies as he ranks among the elite Western Conference guards in boards (fourth), assists (fourth) and steals (eighth).
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio
Averages: 14.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.2 APG
Breakdown: Manu posted career-best numbers last year, making his first All-Star appearance en route to capturing a second NBA title. This year, Ginobili's numbers have settled in just below those of last season.
Jason Terry, Dallas
Averages: 15.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 4.2 APG
Breakdown: Avery Johnson has given Terry the green light to score more often this season than last, when he averaged 12.4 points per game, the lowest since he was a rookie in Atlanta. Terry has scored over 20 points five times this season after reaching the mark only 10 times all of last year.