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Draymond Green passes Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard to move into into starting position in All-Star voting

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors defends against Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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The NBA released its second set of All-Star voting returns today:

Eastern Conference

Guards

1 Dwyane Wade (Mia) 562,558

2 Kyrie Irving (Cle) 271,094

3 Kyle Lowry (Tor) 242,276

4 Jimmy Butler (Chi) 220,429

5 John Wall (Was) 207,274

6 DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 170,539

7 Derrick Rose (Chi) 159,787

8 Jeremy Lin (Cha) 122,988

9 Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 87,452

10 Reggie Jackson (Det) 44,525

Frontcourt

1 LeBron James (Cle) 636,388

2 Paul George (Ind) 457,554

3 Andre Drummond (Det) 261,158

4 Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 255,536

5 Pau Gasol (Chi) 209,006

6 Chris Bosh (Mia) 194,429

7 Kevin Love (Cle) 172,517

8 Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 168,549

9 Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 160,170

10 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 48,768

11 Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 30,023

12 Marcin Gortat (Was) 27,185

13 Joakim Noah (Chi) 23,121

14 DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 22,797

15 Paul Millsap (Atl) 21,625

Western Conference

Guards

1 Stephen Curry (GS) 925,789

2 Russell Westbrook (OKC) 479,512

3 Chris Paul (LAC) 268,672

4 Klay Thompson (GS) 267,602

5 James Harden (Hou) 249,877

6 Rajon Rondo (Sac) 120,767

7 Andre Iguodala (GS) 111,575

8 Manu Ginobili (SA) 100,602

9 Tony Parker (SA) 86,238

10 Damian Lillard (Por) 81,035

Frontcourt

1 Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,262,118

2 Kevin Durant (OKC) 616,096

3 Draymond Green (GS) 332,223

4 Kawhi Leonard (SA) 330,929

5 Blake Griffin (LAC) 298,212

6 Anthony Davis (NO) 261,491

7 Tim Duncan (SA) 228,995

8 Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 194,421

9 DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 190,060

10 Enes Kanter (OKC) 183,468

11 LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 124,404

12 Dwight Howard (Hou) 120,424

13 Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 99,681

14 DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 91,186

15 Harrison Barnes (GS) 82,427

Observations:


  • Only one new player moved into starting position from the first voting returns – Draymond Green, who jumped from fifth to third among Western Conference frontcourt players. He passed Blake Griffin and Kawhi Leonard. Green certainly has been playing well lately, but Leonard is having an awesome season. Leonard also passed an injured Griffin. It should be an intriguing three-man race between Green, Leonard and Griffin for the final Western Conference frontcourt starting spot.
  • Anthony Davis remains in striking distance of starting there, but it’s tough to leap three players. If fans don’t vote Davis an All-Star starter, he’ll have to make an All-NBA team this season to trigger the Derrick Rose rule and receive the higher salaries in his contract extension.
  • Zaza Pachulia came out of nowhere to rank eighth among Western Conference frontcourt players. He wasn’t even on the leaderboard for the first returns. Now, he’s ahead of DeMarcus Cousins.
  • Carmelo Anthony – fueled by the LeBron bump – narrowed his deficit behind Andre Drummond for the final Eastern Conference starting frontcourt spot. If the Knicks keep playing well, Melo will probably overtake Drummond by the time voting closes (despite the Pistons’ best efforts).
  • John Wall wasn’t happy to rank fifth among Eastern Conference guards. He still ranks fifth among Eastern Conference guards.
  • Kobe Bryant remains the overall leader. I’d be shocked if it finishes any other way.