Kobe Maintains Lead in Third All-Star Returns

NEW YORK– The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony has moved into third place in the Eastern Conference frontcourt and the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green maintains a narrow lead for the third starting spot in the Western Conference frontcourt based on the third returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2016 presented by Verizon.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James remain the overall leaders in voting to determine the starters for the NBA All-Star Game.

Bryant tops all players with 1,533,432 votes. He is followed in the West frontcourt by the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (774,782) and Green (499,947), who leads the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard (487,626) by 12,321 votes. The top two spots among West guards still belong to Curry (1,206,467), who is second among all players, and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (609,901).

James (830,345) continues to lead all East players. The Indiana Pacers’ Paul George (569,947) remains second in the East frontcourt behind James, while Anthony (368,336) has overtaken the Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond (361,307) for third – a difference of 7,029 votes. Wade (736,732) and the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (399,757) are still the leading vote-getters among East guards, followed by the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (367,472) and the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler (356,561).

See below for the third returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2016 presented by Verizon.

NBA ALL-STAR 2016 VOTING PRESENTED BY VERIZON: THIRD RETURNS

Western Conference

Frontcourt

  1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,533,432
  2. Kevin Durant (OKC) 774,782
  3. Draymond Green (GS) 499,947
  4. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 487,626
  5. Blake Griffin (LAC) 396,630
  6. Anthony Davis (NO) 326,070
  7. Tim Duncan (SA) 303,498
  8. Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 299,584
  9. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 267,087
  10. Enes Kanter (OKC) 261,608
  11. LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 176,956
  12. Dwight Howard (Hou) 155,975
  13. DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 133,484
  14. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 128,962
  15. Harrison Barnes (GS) 113,607

Guards

  1. Stephen Curry (GS) 1,206,467
  2. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 609,901
  3. Chris Paul (LAC) 410,284
  4. Klay Thompson (GS) 386,053
  5. James Harden (Hou) 319,596
  6. Rajon Rondo (Sac) 157,298
  7. Manu Ginobili (SA) 144,712
  8. Andre Iguodala (GS) 142,047
  9. Tony Parker (SA) 123,136
  10. Damian Lillard (Por) 105,797

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt

  1. LeBron James (Cle) 830,345
  2. Paul George (Ind) 569,947
  3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 368,336
  4. Andre Drummond (Det) 361,307
  5. Pau Gasol (Chi) 294,172
  6. Chris Bosh (Mia) 266,817
  7. Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 248,783
  8. Kevin Love (Cle) 241,700
  9. Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 226,039
  10. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 60,953
  11. Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 45,743
  12. Marcin Gortat (Was) 34,747
  13. Joakim Noah (Chi) 34,274
  14. DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 31,861
  15. Paul Millsap (Atl) 29,576

Guards

  1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 736,732
  2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 399,757
  3. Kyle Lowry (Tor) 367,472
  4. Jimmy Butler (Chi) 356,561
  5. John Wall (Was) 281,936
  6. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 262,683
  7. Derrick Rose (Chi) 217,986
  8. Jeremy Lin (Cha) 155,475
  9. Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 111,838
  10. Reggie Jackson (Det) 57,736

NBA All-Star Voting 2016 presented by Verizon will conclude Monday, Jan. 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 21 during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.com at 7 p.m. ET, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. The special will air before TNT’s exclusive doubleheader featuring the L.A. Clippers at the Cavaliers (8 p.m. ET) and the Spurs at the Phoenix Suns (10:30 p.m. ET). All-Star Game reserves, selected by the NBA’s head coaches, will be revealed on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 28.

The 65th NBA All-Star Game will tip off on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the first All-Star Game to be held outside of the U.S. The game will be seen by fans in more than 200 countries and territories and will be heard in more than 40 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 31st year of NBA All-Star coverage.

NBA All-Star Voting 2016 presented by Verizon is an all-digital program that gives fans everywhere the opportunity to vote for their favorite players as starters for the All-Star Game. New to the voting program this year, fans can cast their daily votes directly through Google Search on their desktop, tablet and mobile devices. They can also vote on NBA.com, through the NBA App (available on Android and iOS), SMS text and social media networks including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as via Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblogs in China.

All current NBA players are available for selection. Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters via NBA.com or the NBA App.

How to vote:

NBA.com voting page at NBA.com/vote: Fill out one full ballot per day on NBA.com/vote from a desktop or mobile browser.

NBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which is available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day.

Twitter: Tweet, retweet or reply with the player’s first and last name or handle, along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE. Each tweet may include only one player’s name. Fans can vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the All-Star voting period.

Facebook: Use the player’s first and last name along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE in a post on your personal Facebook account, or comment on another’s Facebook post. Fans can post votes for 10 unique players per day, and each vote may contain only one player’s name.

Instagram: Post an original photo with the hashtag #NBAVOTE and the player’s first and last name in the photo caption. Fans can vote for 10 unique players per day, and each vote may contain only one player’s name.

SMS: Text the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") 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.
Google Search: Search “NBA Vote All-Star” or “NBA Vote Team Name” (ex: NBA Vote Celtics) and use respective team cards to select players. Voters can submit one vote per player per day, with up to 10 total votes per day.

NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. Along with the NBA All-Star Game, the Air Canada Centre will also host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 13. Other events at NBA All-Star 2016 include the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire.

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