Third Return of All-Star Balloting Released

» January 1, 2009 11:54 AM | By Brandon Hoffman

John Schuhmann of NBA.com has the goods:

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Yao Ming also deservedly lead their positions in voting, but Howard remains the leading vote-getter by more than 175,000 votes over Bryant. James closed the gap on Bryant for second place overall over the last week and trails his Olympic teammate by just 12,748 votes.

When you talk about the best players in the NBA, there’s one guy missing from the list above. Chris Paul was the runner-up for MVP last season and is playing just as brilliantly in 2008-09. With his Hornets in second place in the Western Conference, Paul is the conference’s MVP of the first two months.

But Paul remains on the outside looking in when it comes to starting the All-Star Game, trailing Tracy McGrady by 93,963 votes for the second guard spot in the West. The gap was less than 21,000 last week, but it has grown.

Paul will undoubtedly be in Phoenix no matter what. Each conference’s coaches will vote on their squad’s seven reserves after the starters are announced and Paul would likely be the first name West coaches write down, but he clearly deserves to start next to the guy he finished behind in MVP voting last season.

Here are the results:

2009 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING EASTERN CONFERENCE

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.

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.

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.

2009 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING WESTERN CONFERENCE

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.


4 Responses to “Third Return of All-Star Balloting Released”

  1. T-Mac fan Says:

    I believe this would be a perfect starting line-up if Tracy McGrady were healthy. By the time it is February 17, he may be strong enough to put up 30 or 40 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, have 3 take-aways, and reject 2 shots. If I am correct, it will be coincidence and T-Mac will be the MVP. Plus I would be an 11 year old prophet

  2. T-Mac fan Says:

    plus Nick Collison sucks, he should have at most 900 votes

  3. RealHoopsBlog Says:

    I think the fan voting can be absolutley disgracful sometimes. There is no way Mcgrady should start, let alone be on the team. He is a shell of his former self.

    And seriously look at the guys ahead of Chauncey Billups: Alston, Kidd, Ginobli, Parker, Nash, Terry. Ugh.

  4. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    RealHoops,

    I agree. I feel the same way about Iverson in the East.

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