Third Returns, Similar Results

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant continues to lead all Western Conference players in the latest balloting returns for the 2009 NBA All-Star game. Rockets center Yao Ming holds onto the second place spot, but trails Bryant by more than a hundred-thousand votes. Currently joining them in the starting lineup are Tim Duncan, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tracy McGrady.

Bryant’s Lakers teammates Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum rank fifth and third respectively at their positions. With just a couple weeks of voting left, their hopes of starting appear slim. All-Star starters will be announced on January 22nd, prior to that evenings TNT double header featuring the Lakers vs. Wizards on the back end. The rest of the squad is the reserves are slected by a vote among the head coaches of each squad’s particular conference.

According to Wikipedia:

The coaches who currently lead the team with the most wins in their conference through the Sunday two weeks before the game coach their respective conferences.

The Lakers currently hold a five-game lead in the Western Conference so there is a good chance that our very own Phil Jackson could be manning the sidelines for the West.

Full results below the jump.


Forwards: Tim Duncan (SA) 1,132,095; Amar’e Stoudemire (Pho) 743,639; Carmelo Anthony (Den) 725,411; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 673,720; Ron Artest (Hou) 662,510; Pau Gasol (LAL) 495,835; Bruce Bowen (SA) 375,079; Shane Battier (Hou) 374,413; Luis Scola (Hou) 228,598; Josh Howard (Dal) 228,157; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 170,056.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,534,020; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 961,852; Chris Paul (NO) 867,889; Manu Ginobili (SA) 500,158; Tony Parker (SA) 459,718; Steve Nash (Pho) 345,948; Jason Kidd (Dal) 331,203; Rafer Alston (Hou) 282,767; Jason Terry (Dal) 265,521; Brandon Roy (Por) 210,755; Chauncey Billups (Den) 205,554.

Centers: Yao Ming (Hou) 1,396,126; Shaquille O’Neal (Pho) 727,975; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 294,381; Mehmet Okur (Utah) 256,902; Greg Oden (Por) 162,299; Andris Biedrins (GS) 129,488; Tyson Chandler (NO) 112,949; Al Jefferson (Minn) 100,480; Nick Collison (OKC) 69,039; Marcus Camby (LAC) 57,474; Chris Kaman (LAC) 21,814.


Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 1,521,272; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,101,541; Yi Jianlian (NJ) 959,324; Chris Bosh (Tor) 601,204; Paul Pierce (Bos) 387,105; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 236,360; Shawn Marion (Mia) 230,119; Danny Granger (Ind) 155,484; Josh Smith (Atl) 131,281; Michael Beasley (Mia) 121,632; Tayshaun Prince (Det) 114,869.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,473,225; Allen Iverson (Det) 1,027,153; Vince Carter (NJ) 708,699; Ray Allen (Bos) 435,945; Devin Harris (NJ) 359,442; Gilbert Arenas (Wash) 283,030; Luke Ridnour (Mil) 276,009; Derrick Rose (Chi) 242,740; Jose Calderon (Tor) 221,946; Jameer Nelson (Orl) 198,050; Joe Johnson (Atl) 189,343.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,709,088; Samuel Dalembert (Phi) 239,089; Rasheed Wallace (Det) 197,785; Jermaine O’Neal (Tor) 177,121; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 151,043; Al Horford (Atl) 140,637; Ben Wallace (Clev) 112,014; Emeka Okafor (Char) 100,114; Brendan Haywood (Wash) 89,664; Zyrdrunas Ilgauskas (Cle) 78,035; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 68,513.

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