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Kobe Bryant first player with 30 million career All-Star votes

NBA All-Star Game 2013

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 17: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference smiles during the 2013 NBA All-Star game at the Toyota Center on February 17, 2013 in Houston, Texas. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Kobe Bryant has received a sendoff into retirement he never expected – especially with All-Star voting.

Of course, fans made him a starter. They’d done so the last 17 All-Star games. That wasn’t going to change now.

But they made him the overall vote leader for the first time in three years – and did so convincingly. Kobe received 287,289 more votes than second-place Stephen Curry. That’s the second largest difference between the top two vote getters since Michael Jordan was dominating the field. (Kevin Garnett topped LeBron James by 290,317 votes in 2008.)

This final-season surge has made Kobe the first player in NBA history with 30 million career All-Star votes.

All 26 players with at least 8 million career All-Star votes:

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PlayerCareer All-Star votes
Kobe Bryant30,260,939
Shaquille O’Neal23,834,598
LeBron James23,726,274
Kevin Garnett21,570,151
Tim Duncan19,668,775
Dwyane Wade18,497,921
Allen Iverson17,808,867
Vince Carter16,699,755
Yao Ming15,512,453
Dwight Howard15,398,416
Michael Jordan15,104,506
Carmelo Anthony14,184,030
Tracy McGrady13,706,074
Jason Kidd12,534,211
Grant Hill11,932,259
Steve Nash10,458,675
Charles Barkley10,369,853
Dirk Nowitzki10,326,304
Hakeem Olajuwon9,685,533
Chris Paul9,545,617
Karl Malone8,974,323
Scottie Pippen8,967,648
Kevin Durant8,842,402
Amar’e Stoudemire8,609,752
Ray Allen8,320,090
Magic Johnson8,150,450

Only votes of players on the NBA’s final annual leaderboard are counted.

How did Kobe get here?

He passed Shaq for the all-time lead in 2012, becoming the sixth player to close a season as the cumulative All-Star vote leader.

Here are the paths of all six, including Bob McAdoo, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan:

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