Love, Rubio Among West's Vote Leaders After All-Star Balloting Second Returns

Love, Rubio Among West's Vote Leaders After All-Star Balloting Second Returns

The NBA today announced Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is fourth among the Western Conference frontcourt with 377,941 votes received, while guard Ricky Rubio is ninth among Western Conference backcourt leaders with 81,829 votes after the second returns in the 2014 NBA All-Star Balloting program.

Love is averaging 25.9 points (3rd in NBA) and a league-high 13.9 rebounds per game this season. He tallied season highs in both points (45 on 15-for-23 shooting) and rebounds (19) while dishing out six assists against the Clippers on Sunday to become the fourth player since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976 to record 45+ points. 15+ rebounds and 5+ assists on 65%+ shooting in a game (Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, Alvan Adams). He’s recorded a league-high 25 double-doubles this season, including posting seven of the NBA’s nine total games with 25+ points, 15+ rebounds and 5+ assists (DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard).

Rubio is averaging 9.0 points, 8.0 assists (6th in NBA) and 2.7 steals (2nd) per game this season. Rubio has handed out double-digit assist totals in nine games this season, including dishing out a career-high 16 against Cleveland on Nov. 13. He has recorded five double-doubles this year, as well as posting his second career triple-double on Nov. 10 at Los Angeles. After setting the franchise record with 2.4 spg in 2012-13, this season Rubio is attempting to become the first player in franchise history to average 2.5+ steals per game.

Miami’s LeBron James (854,105), Indiana’s Paul George (712,808) and New York’s Carmelo Anthony (580,795) pace the Eastern Conference’s frontcourt players, while Miami’s Dwyane Wade (565,455) is the East’s leading vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (524,000). Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (850,728) paces the frontcourt in the West while Houston’s Dwight Howard (408,623) and the L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin (399,357) rank second and third respectively. The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (723,031) and the Clippers’ Chris Paul (533,647) pace all Western Conference backcourt players.

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. The All-Star Game, also broadcast live on ESPN Radio, will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

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.

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, through SMS voting by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting 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 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 7 p.m. ET, 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 (8 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets at the Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET).

NBA All-Star 2014 in New Orleans will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 12th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 30th year of All-Star coverage. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2014 will include the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. The 2014 game will mark the second NBA All-Star celebration in New Orleans. The city also hosted the event in 2008.

Western Conference

1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 850,728
2. Dwight Howard (HOU) 408,623
3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 399,357
4. Kevin Love (MIN) 377,941
5. Tim Duncan (SAS) 312,809
6. LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) 282,613
7. Anthony Davis (NOP) 188,589
8. Pau Gasol (LAL) 177,883
9. Andre Iguodala (GSW) 145,089
10. Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) 126,025
11. Chandler Parsons (HOU) 106,369
12. DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 99,903
13. David Lee (GS) 89,858
14. Omer Asik (Hou) 79,591
15. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 76,110

1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 723,031
2. Chris Paul (LAC) 533,647
3. Stephen Curry (GSW) 481,698
4. Jeremy Lin (HOU) 358,725
5. James Harden (HOU) 270,476
6. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 216,070
7. Tony Parker (SAS) 158,329
8. Damian Lillard (POR) 105,880
9. Ricky Rubio (MIN) 81,829
10. Steve Nash (LAL) 81,377

Eastern Conference
1. LeBron James (MIA) 854,105
2. Paul George (IND) 712,808
3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 580,795
4. Roy Hibbert (IND) 304,829
5. Chris Bosh (MIA) 222,861
6. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 137,520
7. Joakim Noah (CHI) 101,308
8. Andre Drummond (DET) 91,132
9. Jeff Green (BOS) 78,693
10. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 77,496
11. Luol Deng (CHI) 73,418
12. Carlos Boozer (CHI) 64,861
13. Paul Pierce (BKN) 60,541
14. Brook Lopez (BKN) 52,907
15. Josh Smith (DET) 46,836

1. Dwyane Wade (MIA) 565,455
2. Kyrie Irving (CLE) 524,000
3. Derrick Rose (CHI) 299,950
4. John Wall (WAS) 210,988
5. Ray Allen (MIA) 143,714
6. Rajon Rondo (BOS) 111,335
7. Deron Williams (BKN) 74,047
8. George Hill (IND) 66,030
9. Lance Stephenson (IND) 50,44
10. DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 48,744

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