Cavs' Kyrie Irving second among East guards in early All-Star voting

LeBron James edging Kevin Durant as leading vote-getter.
MCT Regional News
Dec 13, 2013

LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers top the Eastern Conference, while Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Western Conference after the first returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint. James, the reigning Kia NBA MVP and Finals MVP, is the overall leader with 609,336 votes, while Durant is second with 607,407 votes.

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. The All-Star Game, also broadcast live on ESPN Radio, will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

James, George (489,335) and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (424,211) pace the Eastern Conference’s frontcourt players. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade (396,279) is the East’s leading vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (365,712).

Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, is joined in the front court in the West by the Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard (295,120) and the L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin (292,925). Bryant (501,215) and the Clippers’ Chris Paul (393,313) pace all Western Conference backcourt players.

NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for NBA All-Star Game 2014. This year, the NBA expanded social media voting to include Instagram. Fans can use Instagram to vote by posting an original photo, using #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name in the photo caption. Fans can vote for 10 unique players per day.

For the second year in a row, NBA fans can vote via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog in China. Twitter voting allows fans to tweet a vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include the player’s first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABallot. Facebook voting allows fans to comment on official league, team, or international NBA All-Star Facebook pages by commenting below the post with #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name. Voters can select 10 unique players per day.

NBA Fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day, through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.

There are several other ways fans can cast their votes as part of this season’s all-digital program including: in 11 languages on NBA.com/asb, through SMS voting by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting NBA.com/asb on any wireless device. Fans can vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player's last name. Message and data rates may apply. Voters can fill out one full ballot per day on nba.com/asb from a desktop or mobile browser.

Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 20, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 23, during a special one-hour edition of the Emmy Award-winning pregame show Inside the NBA 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 Los Angeles Lakers at the Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets at the Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET).

While the game's starters are chosen via fan ballot, reserves are chosen in a vote of coaches.

NBA All-Star 2014 in New Orleans will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 12th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 30th year of All-Star coverage. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2014 will include the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. The 2014 game will mark the second NBA All-Star celebration in New Orleans. The city also hosted the event in 2008.
  

NBA ALL-STAR 2014 BALLOTING PRESENTED BY SPRINT
  

Eastern Conference
  

            Frontcourt

1.         LeBron James (Mia) 609,336

2.         Paul George (Ind) 489,335

3.         Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 424,211

4.         Roy Hibbert (Ind) 208,369

5.         Chris Bosh (Mia) 156,364

6.         Kevin Garnett (BKN) 102,825

7.         Joakim Noah (Chi) 75,229

8.         Jeff Green (Bos) 55,912

9.         Luol Deng (Chi) 54,340

10.       Tyson Chandler (NYK) 51,738

11.       Andre Drummond (Det) 51,351

12.       Carlos Boozer (Chi) 48,745

13.       Paul Pierce (BKN) 45,145

14.       Brook Lopez (BKN) 37,153

15.       Josh Smith (Det) 32,025

            Backcourt

1.         Dwyane Wade (Mia) 396,279

2.         Kyrie Irving (Cle) 365,712

3.         Derrick Rose (Chi) 272,410

4.         John Wall (Was) 124,851

5.         Ray Allen (Mia) 99,464

6.         Rajon Rondo (Bos) 80,889

7.         Deron Williams (BKN) 44,282

8.         George Hill (Ind) 42,536

9.         Evan Turner (Phi) 33,605

10.       Mario Chalmers (Mia) 32,996

Western Conference

            Frontcourt:

1.         Kevin Durant (OKC) 607,407

2.         Dwight Howard (Hou) 295,120

3.         Blake Griffin (LAC) 292,925

4.         Kevin Love (Min) 275,506

5.         Tim Duncan (SA) 217,271

6.         Anthony Davis (NO) 149,579

7.         Pau Gasol (LAL) 133,199

8.         LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 132,818

9.         Andre Iguodala (GS) 109,745

10.       Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 89,093

11.       Chandler Parsons (Hou) 77,179

12.       DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 60,923

13.       David Lee (GS) 60,015

14.       Kawhi Leonard (SA) 55,023

15.       Omer Asik (Hou) 53,827

            Backcourt

1.         Kobe Bryant (LAL) 501,215

2.         Chris Paul (LAC) 393,313

3.         Stephen Curry (GS) 327,449

4.         Jeremy Lin (Hou) 240,404

5.         James Harden (Hou) 198,667

6.         Russell Westbrook (OKC) 149,065

7.         Tony Parker (SA) 112,423

8.         Ricky Rubio (Min) 63,096

9.         Steve Nash (LAL) 60,782

10.       Damian Lillard (Por) 55,847

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By Mike Tokito - The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. (MCT)

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