Thursday, December 10th, 2009 at 3:34 pm  |  110 responses

All-Star ’10: First Balloting Returns

by Ryne Nelson

You gotta enjoy All-Star balloting. Three months before the game, we already know — with 90 percent accuracy — the starters in the NBA’s annual Popularity Show.

According to the first All-Star Balloting returns (see below), we’ll likely see these lineups (pending injury):

East: LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwyane Wade, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard.

West: Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire.

Bosh has an outside prayer of overcoming Garnett’s early lead. Nash and Paul should surpass the injured McGrady to vie for the final West guard starting spot. I give the nod to Nash because of his past ties with the Mavericks and their fans. Last season, you’ll recall, Nash failed to make the team, despite the game being in Phoenix.

Only the Lakers have a top 5 candidate in the forward, guard and center positions; although, it looks like Kobe will be the only starter.

Tim Duncan was an All-Star starter in every All-Star Game during the past decade, so maybe coming off the bench going into the 2010s isn’t such a bad thing.

LeBron James 649,327
Kevin Garnett 533,187
Chris Bosh 303,550
Paul Pierce 131,379
Josh Smith 109,404
Dwyane Wade 672,227
Vince Carter 292,002
Gilbert Arenas 212,526
Ray Allen 208,276
Derrick Rose 196,059
Dwight Howard 625,279
Shaquille O’Neal 206,657
Andrea Bargnani 67,310
Al Horford 52,747
Andrew Bogut 45,920
Carmelo Anthony 588,958
Dirk Nowitzki 366,300
Pau Gasol 280,758
Tim Duncan 271,321
Kevin Durant 177,205
Kobe Bryant 692,518
Tracy McGrady 281,545
Steve Nash 272,135
Chris Paul 248,049
Jason Kidd 207,247
Amar’e  Stoudemire 447,776
Andrew Bynum 299,484
Nene 90,439
Marc Gasol 75,765
Greg Oden 73,874

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Good for Melo finally getting the recognition he deserves.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Oh, and don’t even try to tell me that Gilbert’s going to surpass one of the most popular players of all-time, Vince Carter.

  • AdrianC513

    How does Mcgrady have votes this is why fan voting is stupid. Go Lakers Im hoping Bynum gets the start.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    “Nash failed to make the team, despite the game being in Phoenix.” That’s sad.

  • AdrianC513

    I wonder how many votes AI and Brandon Jennings have so Far?

  • Yesse

    I would pick Bynum before Amare although Amare has more ppg.Amare should have been in the forward list anyway.I can’t believe people are still voting for T-Mac since he isnt even playing right now.I was expecting to see Jennings in the top 5.

  • OneSun

    McGrady is clearly having a more
    ‘all-starish’ year than Nash. Yep, no doubt about it. I didn’t think he was but I guess China knows more than I do.

  • rish

    Why Shaq gets 200,000+ votes is beyond me. And is Amar’e really a centre? Andrew Bynum should (hopefully) get voted in by the coaches.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Why the fcuk is T-mac on this list? Sucb fail.

  • cramzy

    I still don’t get why they wont put Brandon Jennings on the ballot. They took AI off for awhile and put him back.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long


  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I remember people always saying how Bosh gets votes only cause he’s in Canada. But that is false cause if it was true. Jose, Bargnani, and Hedo would all get the same amount of votes.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Based on this list of results, I will now attempt to vote for everyone not on the list. Good day.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    OneSun. Your comment is heavily flawed. If you’re saying China is the reason for T-mac’s votes then Yao Ming would be right there next to him.

  • NDP

    Slotting Amar’e at Center so that there’s not a no-name player for the West is hilarious.

    Andrew Bogut should also be coming off the bench for the East…dude has been putting in WORK.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Question. Has anyone ever entered the Hall of Fame and was never voted into the All Star Game?

  • http://www.slamonline.com kh

    who is voting for McGrady? Really?

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    pff some crazy, clueless voting goin on. i know it’s about voting for favourite stars but some need some sense, we should be trying to get best possible match up, not some past-their-sell-by-dates big names

  • tavoris

    T-Mac is always gonna get China’s votes as long as he’s on the ballot. People that can’t vote for Yao now are voting for T-Mac just because he plays with Yao.

  • jumpman3224

    Tracey McGrady are you kidding me? What are your guys all-star ballots looking like? Mine goes WEST: Kobe, Melo, Pau, Amare and Brandon Roy. EAST: Wade, LBJ, Bosh, Superman and Jennings (write-in).

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    Bosh deserves more respect. He’s clearly more valuable than Garnett right now.

  • tavoris

    @jumpman-I don’t disagree, but there are a lot of voters that NEVER watch NBA basketball. They vote based on familiarity (which would explain 2 or 3 of Carter’s All-Star appearances)

  • jumpman3224

    @tavoris – yeah, I know but its kind of sad. I mean no disrespect to TMAC but his own team doesn’t even want him on the floor. Maybe as NBA cares next project they should send some game film of Roy, Nash and Paul to China.

  • http://www.behindtheback.webeden.co.uk Sam Raphael Chadwick

    I say people should vote chris kamen is as a write in vote as a center for the west but as they have but amare back in instead of playing his natural PF he wont get in its stupid!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I don’t think the ‘write in’ players are getting recognised – Jennings would be up there for sure!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    NDP – Bogut will make the Allstar weekend, there is no doubt about that. Nash will get MORE votes coming into the final months so T-Mac’s early (and crazy) vote tally will dwindle. As most everyone has been asking – WHO’S VOTING FOR T-MAC? I secretly think there is a ‘bug in the sytem’…. Just so you all know – I’ve been voting for Vince Carter.

  • tavoris

    @jumpman-plus, T-Mac has been claiming he’s coming back.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Fcuk you Dacre and albie1kenobi. I don’t think any of that was funny.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    @dacre – Mister Magoo is pathetic and offensive. But that’s OK we’re online and we’re macho men, who cares about being sensitive to the different races?! And don’t even get me started on the gays!

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  • Abdi

    Chris Bosh is the best Forward on that list so far this year. It’s disgusting how kevin garnett can just take his spot even though Bosh has been the best player in the east so far in this season.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    -Oh, and here’s my ballot – West: Melo, Pau, Kobe, Monta Ellis, Bynum, East: Lebron, Josh Smith, DWade, Rondo, Dwight Howard

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    @niQ: Exactly. Why would Chinese people vote T-Mac in and not Yao?

  • UnRel

    tmac is such a wasted vote.. shouldn’t even be on the ballot.. just as greg oden should be removed.. the all star game should be played for the fans to enjoy the best at what they do.. and tmac.. well.. if we watch him perform is best skills.. we’d be watching him do 360s on one crutch..

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Why am I “The underrated one”?

  • black pinoy

    @ niQ it was a littl funny ..well maybe not.. im not chinese but if i was id get really offended.. chinese basketball is getting bigger every year and theyre really getting good at it.. in ten years alot of their players (that isnt named yao,wang, or yi)would be good enough to play for euroleague or something..w8 wang wouldnt make the euros..just saying

  • http://dsfjkl.com Jukai

    Dacre: That was downright insulting to anyone of average intelligence. Don’t bring that ignorant ass stuff in here, man.

  • http://dsfjkl.com Jukai

    Really, an old horse poster like Dacre should know better.

  • ab_40

    funny how the best center inj LA is chris kaman and he isn’t even on the ballot. I hope amaré is the only “center” out west because andrew bynum doesn’t dserve it. there are moare great forwards and guards out west. the east has zero legitimate options to start at point guard as a sure fire all star none.

    can’t we just give deron williams and steve nash to the east for this game only. it’s only fun with great point guards and the east hasn’t got any. and don’t even get started on gilbert arenas. the east is gonna get ran of the court again

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    @Dacre: 小畜牲,你妈妈喊你回家吃饭。

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Wallace better make it or i am boycotting the ASG. He deserves it more than Pierce or Josh Smith

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    And by Wallace i mean Gerald. Although Ben might too.

  • Johnson

    this is disheartening b-roy under jkidd and tmac, i’m going to have to start doing my part and actually remembering to drop a ballot daily. The blazer broadcasters are going to be whining up a storm, at least its fun to hear old man river piss and moan, i mean its off topic but i can’t see how portland went from one of the best broadcasters of all time (the schonz) to one of the most annoying and embarrassing casters in mike rice just sad. Nice to see bynum getting his nod even if it is a little premature.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    West: Birdman, Durantula, CP3, Duncan, Sean Marks
    East: LeDanceDanceRevolution, Sun Yue, KG, Jennings, Shaq-a-Claus

  • tmw554

    t-mac the #2 west guard? does anyone voting even watch the nba?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    If those are really the top 5 East guards so far, i’m taking about 2 hours of my life this weekend and voting as many times as I can for Brandon Jennings.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ DIMITRIS DIAMANTIDIS

    @Dacre&albie1kenobi…..: as a chinese speaker(not fluent) and admirer(of their history) i am telling you that you are simply stupid(and propably uneducated). At the same time,what wrote to you “the underrated one” (it has to do with your mama and your country and i think it ain’t nice) is also extreme.
    @the underrated one….:ni hao.wo shi xilaren. zheli de haizi changchang bu limao. qing yuanliang.
    EAST: Rondo, Wade, Lebron, Bosh, Howard.
    WEST: Nash, Kobe, Melo, Durant, Bynum .
    OBSERVETIONS: Durant less popular than Pau?? Bargniani over Horford ????? Where is “Anna”?????????????????????????

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Hey Dacre, I didn’t know your White Power group let redn3cks out of the tr@iler park this early in December? Did they know you were going to be asking minorities what they wanted with their burgers? Oh wait, you were fired from your job because you were f**king your sister in front of all the customers. Get the f*ck out of here, you lowlife, inbred piece of sh!t.

  • DacresMother

    Dacre, just because I had a threesome with a kangaroo and your uncle, conceiving you, does not mean you have to act like a ret@rd on here, alrighty mate? Croiks, a kola and a platypus just came into our trailer. We have supper!

  • BC33

    T-Mac doesn’t deserve to start he hasn’t even played a single game yet.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ DIMITRIS DIAMANTIDIS

    Olympiakos completely destroyed Unkikaja Malaga and now leads the group(Josh had some nice moves and a follow dunk). I saw some highlights from Barcelona’s game today and (once again) Rubio has definitely some Pistol Pete in him….Yestrday Qyntel Woods led prokom to a surprise win over REAL mADRID. If Woods wasn’t a head case he would still be in olympiakos(we still love him, he is better player than Josh). Fotsis miraculus last second follow saved Panathinaikos at Russia….by the way: get ready to receive your VON WAFER back(THIS years Euroleague dissapointment). After he failed to average more than 5 minutes with Olympiakos, i expect him to be an NBA MVP canditate next year (in the steps of Brandon Jennings who was LAST years Euroleague disapointment).

  • tmw554

    @TADOne: yeah i voted for him too but hes a write in and might get overlooked

  • dankNuggs

    Shaq over Al Horford, and Tracy Mcgrady starting even though he hasn’t played a single game. once again the fans have shown their ability to make the most moronic decisions possible

  • slamfan4life

    DERRICK ROSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan2.0

    i always vote iguodala and rudy gay in because u kno they wud make it alot more enjoyable…. But VOTE FOR MELO!! and bosh def deserves more love

  • El Chinas.

    Man, we need to send Dacre into the gulag labor camp for poor taste in humor. Re-education needed.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    West: Nash, Kobe, Melo, KD, Chris Kamann
    East: DWade, Joe Johnson, J Smoove, LBJ, Dwight

    Really pisses me off that Amare is listed as a center. Will they ever fix the balloting? Should just vote for 5 players regardless of position.

    Where’s the Joe Johnson love?

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I refuse to vote for Bosh due to his inability to get his team to 500.

  • http://slam Liam

    wow mcrady is on but jennings isnt or tyreke evans man thats sad show some love for the rooks

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Alternate West:
    Nash, Kobe, Dirk, Pau, Bynum

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    Did Dacre really just say that?
    What is the, the f&$#ing nineteen forties?

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    I can’t believe Jennings didn’t make the top 5. That’s probably already been said several times, but I didn’t feel like reading the comments.

  • RV

    let me let the rest of the nation in on a little secret we have down here in Houston…WE ACTUALLY LIKE TMAC and so does the team. All this crap about feuds and freezing him out is nothing but rumors. He practices with the team, interacts with them, no issues with teammates, both aldeman and morey already set things straight. Tmac WILL play this year again with Houston….it’sa been confirmed by Morey himself.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    All Greg Oden all star votes are valued at $1 per vote and will be paid to Darius Miles as part of his contract.

  • http://www.euroleagueadventures.com Nick Gibson

    No love for KD. And Ray Allen is up near the top and no Joe Johnson…right.

  • LeoneL

    Because of this return, I’m gonna go ahead and use all proxies I know to vote for Gerald Wallace…lol

  • lol

    BYNUM over anybody is ridiculous hes a fat rebounder like shaq without his likability and scoring, shq is a all time great i mean slam themselves said that shaq was GREATer by 8 spots in their top 50 bynum shouldnt be above amare no matter what

  • Hangtime Hec

    Jennings> Rose. Just saying. Again.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I was hoping that Gilbert and Shaq would both make it just so they’d have to be on the same team for a night. AWKWARD!

  • Dice

    No Joe Johnson?

  • CoolMcFly

    you guys are forgetting Derrick Rose everyone knows Derrick Rose is in the top 5 best point guards in the east right now and yea Brandon Jennings can score but an overall point guard battle Derrick Rose is amazingly better then Jennings no doubt about it

    Derrick Rose > Brandon Jennings

  • CoolMcFly

    My all star ballot East: Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard

    West: Steve Nash, T-Mac, Durantula aka Skreech, Carmelo Anthony (do not care he should be starting), Amare Stud

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    On behalf of the few here who praise the man, i’d like to thank the fans for finally recognizing Dirk for the all star starter he is. Sure it’s early, and Yao or Tracy might overtake (wtf?) but i’m hoping Dirk gets his 1st vote in by the fans to necome a starter. Guess the crazy girlfriend thing brought sympathy, can’t be the performance, that’s been a given for years. And damn, Teddy RIPPED Dacre a new one earlier.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh and my unusual suspects for this year’s ASG: Crash (eff a Bron, check HIS stats), Drew Bogut, Chris Kaman, Youngbuck Jennings, that damn Houston lineup, Rondooooooo and Shannin (just for tge dunk-off, pretty please)

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    The Internet is filled with surprises. First a long-time, usually respectable poster in Dacre, posts some ignorant sh!t, then DIMITRIS comes out with some Zhong Wen. Good stuff.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Also, Dirk getting starting love is long overdue. Great for him.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Nice Dimitris, ni hui jiang zhong wen? Nice man!
    Co-sign RV and Darksaber.

  • matt

    if i told you someone was averaging 19, 4 and 2 and shooting 41%, would you say “all-star”?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    AI’s All-star streak is over. When he was waived by Memphis he was off the ballot. Still is 6th in voting but you could not vote for him for 32 days. He would have started but the waiving messed him up. He will probably do much better after all-star break but right now for another month AI is still going to be adjusting and everything and there is no way he is going to be able to put up the stats that are going to get him in to Dallas by February.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The sad part is, I think that b!tch ablie1kenobi is Asian too–that’s just flat out shameful. Show some f*cking dignity, dumb@ss.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I’m done with these two idiots, I’m going to cast my votes. Peace.

  • matt

    hey teddy you know you replied to the racism with racism right? nice dignity.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Cosign Anyone surprised at Spanny speaking Mandarin. Now that’s deep, not an easy language to master… You go, Fotsis. (i am now more than convinced that Spanny let’s it rip here to get a rise out of the commenters, too much b-ball knowledge/love and real world chops to be some dumb hick. Then again, maybe he’s got multiple personality disorder)

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Teddy, oooooh saaaaaaa.. Ooooooo saahhhhhhhh. Let it go, man. Pretty sure Dacre feels a bit sorry for his post, usually a cool fellow to converse with, don’t you think?

  • MikeC.

    Does anybody remember when the ‘fans’ voted Grant Hill and Alonzo Mourning as East starters when Grant was missing his second straight season with ankle injuries, and Zo was missing the season while getting used to having a new kidney? One more reason why people can’t be trusted to do anything that requires a tiny amount of intelligence.

  • MikeC.

    McGrady gets my vote for “most valuable expiring contract”. Many GMs will be burning up all their anytime minutes trying to talk to Morey and Adelman at the trade deadline for sure.

  • http://dsfjkl.com Jukai

    Matt: I’m pretty sure southerners don’t constitute as a ‘race’ but yeah, Teddy could have gone the high route instead of resorting to lowering himself like that. In fairness, if I remember correctly, I believe Teddy is chinese (if I’m wrong, I apologize) so that hit him a little close to home. If someone insulted Australians (I think Dacre’s Australian if I remember correctly… once again, apologies if I’m wrong) then Dacre would have been just as harsh.
    Darksaber: Spanny is a relatively intelligent fellow, which is why I’m always against having him banned (although I am guilty of breaking the rules to purposefully rile him up). Spanny would be a great, intelligent fellow to chat with if it wasn’t for his OBVIOUS bias for some players (Kukoc) and his blind hatred for others (Iverson).

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    The offensive comment from earlier has been removed, but not every comment that references it. Apologies.

  • http://dsfjkl.com Jukai

    Thanks Ben. Much appreciated.

  • J

    tmac 2nd on west guards. that’s a perfect example of why the league should reconsider the voting system. i think, imo, the fan voting should only be 50% of the criteria of who will make it to the ASG.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Bogut and Gerald Wallace should both make it for the East. You can’t really put B. Lopez or Harris on because of their records.
    T-Mac can’t be there either.
    Ron Artest shouldn’t be there, but Ariza deserves consideration.

  • J

    ^agree. but damn, Brook Lopez plays arguably as the best center on east right now.

  • http://dsfjkl.com Jukai

    Hursty: I’d rather have Brook Lopez on the team than Bogut, record be damned.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com The Hoopistani

    if T-Mac gets healthy for the All-Star break and starts, I’m never voting for the All-Star game again.

  • Randy Brown

    I would rather lose my chance to vote and have it done by Americans only. It’s embarrassing to the sport that T-Mac might be in

  • http://www.gmail.com rushmelo

    as far as the west goes its pretty flawless expect for t.mac being second on the guards list.but that’s not so shocking
    considering he has been a fan favorite many years in the past it’s okay to see some of his ol’ fans show him love.even though it may not be realistic and practical.
    the thing is its pretty sad to see such great talents never see the daylight of their maximum abilities.
    Greg Oden
    i really wish he gets back soon and healthy
    many many more of them.
    it takes so much to reach there and you come up short for no fault of yours.

  • http://www.gmail.com rushmelo

    as far as the final starters go it will be

    Amare Stoudemire Dwight howard
    dirk nowitzki kevin garnett
    carmelo anthony lebron james
    kobe bryant vince carter
    steve nash dwyane wade

    the reserves fo’ da west will be
    Billups,andrew bynum,,tim duncan,deron williams,kevin durant,brandon roy,Gasol or boozer

    EAST-paul pierce,mo williams,chris bosh,ray allen,joe johnson,gilbert arenas,gerald wallace

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    @Jukai: and by “Iverson”, you ment KOURNIKOVA OF B-BALL, right? :-)

  • sunsnroses

    Nash failed to make the team last year in Phoenix because he had a minor back injury during All-Star weekend.

  • don

    uh oh, i still don’t see deron’s name.

  • matt

    hey randy thats a great idea, americans never vote wrong. oh. wait. didnt you guys vote in Bush TWICE?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    When did I say all white people, or even southerners? I didn`t mean to offend anybody but Dacre (and albie), so there. Just to clarify, I am NOT racist.
    Also Jukai, I am Chinese, so no need to apologize.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Lol Darksaber, I agree with you about Spanny. Sometimes he seems like he knows his stuff, and other times he is very confusing. And he knows Mandarin! And English! And Greek! Pretty impressive.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    If Deron Williams doesn`t make the All-Star team this year, something is seriously wrong with the NBA.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    When do records dictate All-Star appearancesÉ (that`s a questions mark).

  • JOSO

    VC is doing good i see. T-MAC lmao you know your a star when u in the top 5 allstar SG race n u havent played 1 game in thee 09′-10′ season. LJ by this time next year in NY would have 100,000,000+ votes. wouldn’t mind seeing AI back in the allstar game

  • http://www.bebo.com/SupahhHuman B-Moore

    Where is Deron Williams’ name? He has to be the best player to not have played in an All Star Game.

  • http://www.bebo.com/SupahhHuman B-Moore

    And in the west along with the injured McGrady we have the also injured Yao Ming starting at centre. And making up the rest of the starting line up we have Steve Blake, Nate McMillan and someone who had an affair with Tiger Woods.

  • BuschFiya

    its nice to see Bargnani getting some love, is it enough to see him in the All Star game? i doubt it.

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