Like the Wizards returning to the playoffs, John Wall has some ground to make up for another All-Star game start.
Of course, Washington handles its own business while the point guard's All-Star fate is left to fans. With the first returns released by the NBA Friday, Wall is fifth in voting among Eastern Conference guards with 103, 904 votes. That puts him behind current starters Dwyane Wade (300,595) and Kyrie Irving (138,191), who has only played two games this season. Kyle Lowry (128,131), the other East starting guard last season with Wall, and Jimmy Butler (111,220) are third and fourth respectively.
The All-Star game will be held Feb. 14 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. Starters are announced Jan. 21 with reserves, selected by the coaches, revealed one week later.
Wall's statistical surge in December jumped his per game averages to 19.4 points and 9.6 assists, second in the league behind Rajon Rondo. He's also fourth in steals (2.15).
Marcin Gortat, 14th among Eastern Conference frontcourt players, is the only other Wizard among the vote leaders.
LeBron James (357,937) leads the East in voting. Paul George and Andre Drummond round out the frontcourt with Carmelo Anthony fourth.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant leads all players with 719, 235 votes followed by Golden State's Stephen Curry (510,202). Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin join Bryant as the current Western Conference frontcourt starters with Curry and Russell Westbrook forming the backcourt.
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