NEW YORK, Dec. 30 -- Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets and Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves lead all players in the Western Conference and Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat and Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets lead all players in the Eastern Conference in votes received after the second returns of the 2005 NBA All-Star Balloting program.
Through the 2005 All-Star Balloting program, NBA fans from around the globe are responsible for voting in the starters for the 54th NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in Denver on Sunday, February 20. The game will be broadcast live on TNT, Rogers Sportsnet, ESPN Radio and audio in several languages on NBA.com (http://nba.com) at 8 p.m. (EST).
Yao leads all players with 1,373,458 votes. He is followed at the center position in the Western Conference by Sacramento’s Brad Miller (197,784). Garnett, the 2003-04 NBA Most Valuable Player, is third in overall votes received and leads all Western Conference forwards with 1,142,804 votes, followed by San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (886,547). Houston’s Tracy McGrady (1,065,230) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (1,005,050) lead all Western Conference guards and round out the top five vote-getters.
O’Neal leads all Eastern Conference players with 1,311,762 votes, followed at the center position by Detroit’s Ben Wallace (399,698). Carter (938,817) and Orlando’s Grant Hill (848,061) lead all Eastern Conference forwards. Cleveland’s LeBron James leads all Eastern Conference guards (843,363), trailed closely by Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson (825,179).
Through the 2005 NBA All-Star Balloting program, which began on November 18, fans have the opportunity to vote in more ways than ever. The balloting program has expanded to include 19 languages on the NBA.com Network, downloadable ballots via Verizon Wireless and approximately 150 Loews Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters in the United States. This year, Twentieth Century Fox joined Sprite, America Online, Reebok and approximately 2,100 Foot Locker and Champs Sports stores in the United States and Canada as All-Star balloting partners. Ballots are also distributed in all 29 NBA arenas and all six NBDL arenas.
NBA All-Star 2005 is a week-long celebration that enables fans to experience the thrill of the world’s greatest athletes playing the game they love and features a full slate of community enhancing activities and fan festivals.
The 2005 NBA All-Star Balloting program continues through January 23, 2005, and updated results for the Eastern and Western Conferences will be issued regularly leading up to the unveiling of the All-Star starters on Thursday, February 3. Following the completion of fan voting and starting line-up announcement, the head coaches in each conference will vote to determine the remaining All-Stars in their respective conferences.
The leaders of both the Eastern and Western Conference players for the second returns of the 2005 NBA All-Star voting program are attached: