NBA All-Star Votes In, Kobe Leads the Way…

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The preliminary numbers are in, and it seems that Kobe’s chances of being named a starter at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto are good, as he leads the votes, ahead of current MVP Steph Curry.

Bryant’s individual performances have been mixed so far this campaign, but following his retirement announcement, it seems that fans don’t want to see the Black Mamba miss out on the all-star festivities this February. Leading the league with 719,235 votes, Bryant is ahead of Steph Curry (510,202) and Lebron James (357,937).

Bryant vowed that this season wouldn’t be a farewell tour, but he’s spoken in admiration of the All-Star game, and with 17 previous appearances, one final show in Toronto would be welcomed by the future Hall of Famer.

“I’ve played in quite a few. If I’m fortunate to be there, I’ll be extremely grateful for that. If I’m not, at the same token, I’ll be extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.” Bryant said before Christmas, referring to the weekend event.

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Kobe was considered a favourite to get voted in due to his legendary status in the league, and this position was further solidified by his announcement of his retirement at the end of this season – so it’s no surprise to see him leading votes.

Reigning MVP and NBA Champion Steph Curry is the second highest vote getter, with Lebron James leading the Eastern Conference. Fellow Eastern Conference nominees include Dwyane Wade (300,595) and Paul George (283,785).

In the West, it’s Kevin Durant (349,473) and Russell Westbrook (267,699) both follow up Steph and Kobe for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Full results can be found below:

NBA All-Star Voting (as of December 25):

Eastern Conference – Frontcourt

1 LeBron James (Cle) 357,937
2 Paul George (Ind) 283,785
3 Andre Drummond (Det) 148,278
4 Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 132,119
5 Pau Gasol (Chi) 109,585
6 Kevin Love (Cle) 92,177
7 Chris Bosh (Mia) 91,896
8 Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 85,606
9 Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 72,923
10 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 25,926

Guards

1 Dwyane Wade (Mia) 300,595
2 Kyrie Irving (Cle) 138,191
3 Kyle Lowry (Tor) 128,131
4 Jimmy Butler (Chi) 111,220
5 John Wall (Was) 103,094
6 Derrick Rose (Chi) 72,709
7 DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 69,042
8 Jeremy Lin (Cha) 61,832
9 Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 45,014
10 Nicolas Batum (Cha) 20,596

Western Conference – Frontcourt

1 Kobe Bryant (LAL) 719,235
2 Kevin Durant (OKC) 349,473
3 Blake Griffin (LAC) 182,107
4 Kawhi Leonard (SA) 164,521
5 Draymond Green (GS) 160,350
6 Anthony Davis (NO) 156,161
7 Tim Duncan (SA) 127,543
8 DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 101,930
9 Dwight Howard (Hou) 66,598
10 LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 65,019

Guards

1 Stephen Curry (GS) 510,202
2 Russell Westbrook (OKC) 267,699
3 Chris Paul (LAC) 146,335
4 Klay Thompson (GS) 138,587
5 James Harden (Hou) 135,531
6 Rajon Rondo (Sac) 66,164
7 Andre Iguodala (GS) 62,407
8 Damian Lillard (Por) 47,615
9 Manu Ginobili (SA) 42,413
10 Tony Parker (SA) 40,693

You can submit NBA All Star votes through the NBA.com website here, with voting live until January 18th.

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Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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