The initial 2016 All-Star votes are in and the retiring Kobe Bryant (719,235 votes) of the Los Angeles Lakers leads 2nd placer – Steph Curry (510,202 votes) of the Golden State Warriors by more than 200,000 votes.
With the NBA All-Star voting having a setup of voting 2 guards and 3 front court players: joining Kobe in the Western Conference front court is Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (349,473) and Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin (182,107). Not so far behind are Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs (164,521) and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors (160,350).
In the Western Conference Guards, Stephen Curry is joined by Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (267,699) and he leads Chris Paul (146,335) of the Los Angeles Clippers by more than 100,000 votes.
The Eastern Conference, LeBron James leads all starters with 357,937 votes in which he represents the front court. Indiana Pacers’ Paul George (283,785) and potential NBA All-star first-timer, Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons (148,278) follows James. The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (132,119) is not so far behind Drummond with a little over 13,000 votes while Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol (109,585) is currently placed 5th.
James’ former teammate, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is the top guard for the Eastern Conference with 300,595 votes while potentially joining him is Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving at 138,191. Irving has a small lead over Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors with just a little over 10,000 votes.
Here is the entire 2016 NBA-All Star voting results as of December 25, 2015 as released through NBA’s official Instagram account.
Voting will conclude on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 21, during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.com 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 L.A. Clippers at the Cleveland Cavaliers (8 p.m. ET) and the San Antonio Spurs at the Phoenix Suns (10:30 p.m. ET).