Paul George Now Third in All-Star Votes

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Paul George is a more deserving to be an All-Star this season than Kobe Bryant, according to voters. That fact is undeniably true, but in every year from the big bang until now, it’s hard to believe that fans would vote that way.

They have, and, as we see in the NBA’s recent voting results announcement, only two men — LeBron James (1,076,063 votes) and Kevin Durant (1,054,209) — now have more votes than George (899,671). This means that Indiana’s wing is a lock to start in the New Orleans’ mid-season exhibition.

With Carmelo Anthony outpacing Roy Hibbert by some 400,000 votes, it will be impossible for the big guy to get a starting spot in the East front court, but he will undoubtedly be picked by the coaches to come off the bench.

Lance Stephenson (77,364) and David West (61,612) are also waaaay on the outside looking in when it comes to getting a starting spot, but each would seem to have a shot to make it since the Pacers and Heat are the only two good teams in the conference and the coaches like to reward those with standout win/loss records. My guess is that Lance makes it while West doesn’t since the East back-court options are so thin while the front court has many reasonable options.

George Hill (89,428) actually leads both Stephenson and  in votes, but it’s hard to see even coaches who like his intangibles choosing Hill to play. He simply hasn’t performed well enough this year.

Here is the full list of votes, courtesy of Pacers.com.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Frontcourt

    1. LeBron James (Mia) 1,076,063
    2. Paul George (Ind) 899,671
    3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 702,869
    4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 385,964
    5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 304,986
    6. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 164,021
    7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 128,201
    8. Andre Drummond (Det) 120,844
    9. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 101,637
    10. Jeff Green (Bos) 96,336
    11. Luol Deng (Cle) 90,730
    12. Carlos Boozer (Chi) 80,271
    13. Paul Pierce (BKN) 72,581
    14. David West (Ind) 61,612
    15. Brook Lopez (BKN) 58,477

    Backcourt

      1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 718,109
      2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 652,522
      3. Derrick Rose (Chi) 323,099
      4. John Wall (Was) 278,516
      5. Ray Allen (Mia) 190,086
      6. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 133,448
      7. Deron Williams (BKN) 95,309
      8. George Hill (Ind) 89,428
      9. Lance Stephenson (Ind) 77,36
      10. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 68,985

      WESTERN CONFERENCE

      Frontcourt

      1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,054,209
      2. Dwight Howard (Hou) 509,116
      3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 500,964
      4. Kevin Love (Min) 483,031
      5. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 404,793
      6. Tim Duncan (Por) 385,342
      7. Anthony Davis (NO) 223,956
      8. Pau Gasol (LAL) 207,213
      9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 192,616
      10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 156,792
      11. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 148,604
      12. David Lee (GS) 141,509
      13. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 135,387
      14. Omer Asik (Hou) 101,372
      15. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 91,859

      Backcourt

      1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 844,538
      2. Stephen Curry (GS) 677,372
      3. Chris Paul (LAC) 651,073
      4. Jeremy Lin (Hou) 471,980
      5. James Harden (Hou) 338,788
      6. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 260,499
      7. Tony Parker (SA) 195,328
      8. Damian Lillard (Por) 162,363
      9. Klay Thompson (GS) 108,404
      10. Ricky Rubio (Min) 97,265

       

       

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