Jeremy Lin, the Charlotte Hornets guard, has secured more All-Star votes than elite centers Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan, besides fellow point guard Damian Lillard.
The second returns for the All-Star ballot were released on Thursday. While Kobe Bryant (1, 262, 118 votes) continues to be the leading vote-getter for next month’s All-Star game in Toronto, Stephen Curry (925,789 and LeBron James (636,388) round off the top-3.
As of this moment, the Western Conference starting unit is projected to be Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Russell Westbrook. Green, Warriors’ triple-double machine, has a narrow edge over San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard.
Draymond Green is West’s center
With the likes of DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan failing to secure enough votes, it seems like Draymond Green will be the starting center for the Western Conference team that will be coached by Greg Poppovich (since Steve Kerr isn’t permitted to coach two seasons in a row).
While Howard has amassed a tally of 120,424 votes, DeAndre Jordan has amassed 91,186 votes. Cousins has 190,060 votes – and has shockingly received lesser votes than Dallas Mavericks’ Zaza Pachulia.
With regards to the Eastern Conference, the current starting lineup is projected to be LeBron James, Andre Drummond, Paul George, Dwayne Wade and Kyrie Irving. The votes go to illustrate the popularity of Cavs star Irving, who has played a handful of games this season due to injury.
Here are the latest votes (in order):
1. LeBron James (Cavs): 636,388
2. Paul George (Pacers): 457,554
3. Andre Drummond (Pistons): 261,158
4. Carmelo Anthony (Knicks) 255,536
5. Pau Gasol (Bulls) 209,006
6. Chris Bosh (Heat) 194,429
7. Kevin Love (Cavs) 172,517
8. Hassan Whiteside (Heat) 168,549
9. Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks) 160,170
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) 48,768
1. Dwyane Wade (Heat) 562,558
2. Kyrie Irving (Cavs) 271,094
3. Kyle Lowry (Raptors) 242,276
4. Jimmy Butler (Bulls) 220,429
5. John Wall (Wizards) 207,274
6. DeMar DeRozan (Raptors) 170,539
7. Derrick Rose (Bulls) 159,787
8. Jeremy Lin (Hornets) 122,988
9. Isaiah Thomas (Celtics) 87,452
10. Reggie Jackson (Pistons) 44,525
1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,262,118
2. Kevin Durant (OKC) 616,096
3. Draymond Green (GS) 332,223
4. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 330,929
5. Blake Griffin (LAC) 298,212
6. Anthony Davis (NO) 261,491
7. Tim Duncan (SA) 228,995
8. Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 194,421
9. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 190,060
10. Enes Kanter (OKC) 183,468
1. Stephen Curry (Warriors) 925,789
2. Russell Westbrook (Thunder) 479,512
3. Chris Paul (Clippers) 268,672
4. Klay Thompson (Warriors) 267,602
5. James Harden (Rockets) 249,877
6. Rajon Rondo (Kings) 120,767
7. Andre Iguodala (Warriors) 111,575
8. Manu Ginobili (Spurs) 100,602
9. Tony Parker (Spurs) 86,238
10. Damian Lillard (Blazers) 81,035
With a little more than a month to go, you can still vote Jeremy Lin into the All-Star game. Use the hashtag #NBAVote to make your voices heard. The All-Star game will be held on Valentine’s Day.