By Barry Janoff
December 27, 2013: Kobe Bryant has played in just six games this season, Derrick Rose in just ten after missing all of last season and Rajon Rondo has not hit the court at all, but they are among the leading vote-getters in the second round of balloting for the NBA 2014 All-Star Game.
LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder lead their respective conferences in just-released voting totals in the NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint.
James is the top overall vote-getter (854,105 votes) in the Eastern Conference, Durant (850,728) leads in the Western Conference.
However, Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is first among Western Conference backcourt players and third among all NBA players (723,031). Paul George of the Indiana Pacers leads Eastern Conference backcourt players and is the only other player to date with more than 700,000 votes (712,808).
Among others in the top vote-getters who either are or have been out for serious time are Steve Nash, Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. who is having knee surgery and will be out until after the All-Star Game, according to the Thunder.
The NBA voting comes with a heavy dose of social media, with people worldwide able to submit ballots via such venues as Facebook, Twitter and for the first time Instagram. Social media outlets Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog are also being used in China.
In addition, People can vote in NBA arenas, via the NBA Game Tim App, the NBA Game Time App from Sprint and at NBA.com, the latter offering visitors the opportunity to win tickets to the All-Star Game and related events in New Orleans in February.
The NBA has not as yet broken down the voting by outlet.
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.
1. LeBron James (Mia) 854,105 2. Paul George (Ind) 712,808 3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 580,795 4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 304,829 5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 222,861 6. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 137,520 7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 101,308 8. Andre Drummond (Det) 91,132 9. Jeff Green (Bos) 78,693 10. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 77,496 11. Luol Deng (Chi) 73,418 12. Carlos Boozer (Chi) 64,861 13. Paul Pierce (BKN) 60,541 14. Brook Lopez (BKN) 52,907 15. Josh Smith (Det) 46,836
1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 565,455 2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 524,000 3. Derrick Rose (Chi) 299,950 4. John Wall (Was) 210,988 5. Ray Allen (Mia) 143,714 6. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 111,335 7. Deron Williams (BKN) 74,047 8. George Hill (Ind) 66,030 9. Lance Stephenson (Ind) 50,444 10. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 48,744
1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 850,728 2. Dwight Howard (Hou) 408,623 3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 399,357 4. Kevin Love (Min) 377,941 5. Tim Duncan (SA) 312,809 6. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 282,613 7. Anthony Davis (NO) 188,589 8. Pau Gasol (LAL) 177,883 9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 145,089 10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 126,025 11. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 106,369 12. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 99,903 13. David Lee (GS) 89,858 14. Omer Asik (Hou) 79,591 15. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 76,110
Backcourt1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 723,031 2. Chris Paul (LAC) 533,647 3. Stephen Curry (GS) 481,698 4. Jeremy Lin (Hou) 358,725 5. James Harden (Hou) 270,476 6. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 216,070 7. Tony Parker (SA) 158,329 8. Damian Lillard (Por) 105,880 9. Ricky Rubio (Min) 81,829 10. Steve Nash (LAL) 81,377