Anthony Davis seventh in West frontcourt votes
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
After initially being expected to miss four to six weeks with a fractured left hand, New Orleans Pelicans second-year standout Anthony Davis was able to return to the court in just 2 ½ weeks. While Davis was sidelined, he managed to move ahead of Indiana center Roy Hibbert for the league lead in shot-blocking, but Davis also dropped one spot in Western Conference All-Star voting.
Since the NBA’s most recent update of the balloting on Dec. 12, Davis (188,589 votes) moved from sixth to seventh place among West frontcourt players, surpassed by Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (282,613). Aldridge was roughly 17,000 votes behind Davis two weeks ago, but is now about 94,000 ahead of the University of Kentucky product.
A frontcourt player must finish in the top three of All-Star balloting within his conference’s voting in order to earn starting status at the Feb. 16 All-Star Game in New Orleans. Davis trails third-place Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers by 111,000 votes. Kevin Durant is the current top vote-getter among West frontcourt players, followed by Dwight Howard, Griffin, Kevin Love, Tim Duncan and Aldridge.