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Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 2:02 pm  |  94 responses

All-Star ‘11: First Balloting Returns

by Ryne Nelson

They call this the NBA’s annual popularity contest. But, based on the first returns, All-Star voting should be called the Fan Idiocy Meter. Fan voting is a problem, folks.

In the past, we listed just the top-five vote getters at each position. But we’re getting more efficient at this table-making business, so we now present to you the complete results. You know, because it’s important to know that Luol Deng is 10th among Eastern forwards.

There’s a couple nice races this season. As always, Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose are neck-and-neck. Pau Gasol and Carmelo Anthony are fighting for that final forward spot in the West. Chris Paul and Kevin Durant are on the way to their first All-Star start.

2011 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING
EAST FORWARDS
LeBron James 607,994
Kevin Garnett 456,111
Amar’e Stoudemire 327,626
Paul Pierce 235,107
Chris Bosh 161,801
Josh Smith 104,713
Carlos Boozer 82,655
Andre Iguodala 71,517
Danny Granger 66,759
Luol Deng 52,398
EAST GUARDS
Dwyane Wade 570,489
Rajon Rondo 497,141
Derrick Rose 424,356
Ray Allen 235,977
John Wall 120,284
Gilbert Arenas 88,599
Vince Carter 117,628
Brandon Jennings 65,705
Joe Johnson 46,811
Jamal Crawford 31,524
EAST CENTERS
Dwight Howard 611,561
Shaquille O’Neal 241,782
Joakim Noah 97,163
Andrea Bargnani 53,275
Al Horford 49,098
Andrew Bogut 48,298
Brook Lopez 38,103
JaVale McGee 36,227
Roy Hibbert 35,006
Ben Wallace 21,858
WEST FORWARDS
Kevin Durant 470,881
Pau Gasol 390,808
Carmelo Anthony 369,768
Dirk Nowitzki 264,301
Tim Duncan 247,364
Blake Griffin 245,167
Lamar Odom 134,594
Luis Scola 119,901
Caron Butler 96,785
Kevin Love 81,865
WEST GUARDS
Kobe Bryant 722,682
Chris Paul 386,649
Manu Ginobili 230,137
Steve Nash 190,226
Deron Williams 184,148
Jason Kidd 141,283
Russell Westbrook 140,519
Eric Gordon 113,510
Tony Parker 103,238
Derek Fisher 81,088
WEST CENTERS
Yao Ming 430,984
Andrew Bynum 198,044
Brendan Haywood 127,375
Marc Gasol 120,811
Emeka Okafor 115,647
Nene 105,747
Chris Kaman 87,536
Marcus Camby 57,046
DeMarcus Cousins 37,571
Andris Biedrins 36,655
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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    DWill won’t start while Kobe and Chris are in the West, but can he at least get more votes that Manu?!

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Shaq is STILL second most amungst East centers? Republicans are right, the general public are idiots.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    *amongst

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    So much for everyone outside of Miami not liking LeBron James…

  • http://google c_cantrell

    blake griffin better make the all star game

  • Drew

    Why is Yao Ming and Andrew Bynum even on the ballot. Bynum has played 2 games so far this season and Yao Ming has only a handful himself. Most fans are freaking idiots!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I DO NOT wanna wish injuries on ANYONE, but IF D Wade got injured, it would be kinda dope if they started both Rose and Rondo at the guard spots. I wish Rose was starting but if anyone deserves it over Rose, it’s Rondo (even if I personally believe it should be Rose starting).

  • MikeC.

    @Enigmatic – I had a hard time with that vote. Amare was an easy pick for me as a Knick fan, and since he’s putting up beastly numbers for a solid team. I was torn between KG and Lebron for the 2nd forward spot. I ended up going with Lebron based on individual performance and the Heat’s current streak. It doesn’t mean I can’t boo him on TV when I watch the game though.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Luis Scola and Caron Butler over Kevin Love? And Beasley didn’t even make the top 10? No love for Sota. And Yao Ming SHOULD NOT start for the West. Neither should Bynum. They should just start Dirk or (Pau) Gasol at center.

  • Sizzle

    @Enigmatic – Haters showing respect for the best player in the game.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    There isn’t a Western ‘center’ who deserves to play in the ASG.

  • Bruno

    between the west centers I pick Marc Gasol at least you know he’s gonna hustle all game long then Camby or Okafor, the rest sucks

  • TheTruth

    @ryne nelson
    The way manu is playing right now he should be ahead of kobe.

    & wtf how come kevin (love) aint getting no love? That boy has been playing better then every one of those pfs

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think the best way to get rid of this system is for everybody to conspire to vote in someone like keith bogans or jamario moon or sasha vujacic into the starting line up, if we could get like a MASS campain going and actually were able to vote in jeff teague or someone like that the league would have to shut it down right. Let do this SLAM, get this started!

  • JTaylor21

    I think that Melo should be starting over KD and why the hell are ming and bynum even getting votes and both of them have rarely played this year. The nba should just cancel this useless fan voting and put it in the hands of the players and coaches.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Happy to see Shaq 2nd. Once he’s gone, this event will be a little less entertaining.. A little surprised, but happy for him.. Plus, the west’s centers just looks sad..

  • Bruno

    cosign JTaylor

  • http://afjkl.com Jukai

    I was picking Marc Gasol too, simply cause I felt Memphis needed representation. I hope Ming turns down the all-star game.

  • KoBynum716

    fisher and kidd have more votes than monta…

  • http://afjkl.com Jukai

    Oh, and just cause I like to keep it updated, my all-star list:
    West starters: Paul, Kobe, Carmello, Dirk, Gasol
    West Reserves: Deron, Manu, Durant, Gasol, Griffin, Nash, Love
    East Starters: Rose, Wade, Lebron, Stoudemire, Howard
    East Reserves: Rondo, Johnson, Granger, Horford (only cause Noah will be injured), Garnett, Allen, Bogut

  • http://google c_cantrell

    fan voting is getting out of control

  • Jose

    I’ll give Camby or Okafor the West spot cuz Okafor hasnt been horrible and Camby still is pushin to help out the blazers….it’s surprising to see the lack of All-star Centers for the West tho…I say just put Duncan back in the Center category

  • the truth

    how does kevin love not get a spot? and how the fck is d will not at least 3rd in the west

  • http://Slamonline.com Rocksinmypants

    @ truth- it’s cuz he’s white

  • http://www.slam.com Martey

    Yao is probably there because his core fanbase is 1/7th of the planet’s population

  • KwamePooh

    yao wont be anywhere because his left ankle is broken

  • Jackie Moon

    Millsap robbed

  • BxBaller

    Damn Chinese…smh

  • cnewells

    damn Deron Williams needs some votes! and where the fck is Big Al? Lamarcus Aldridge?

  • Flight

    I can see Westbrook getting the coaches’ vote in. Hopefully the same happens to Griffin. The clinic he’d be putting on in that rookie/sophomore game would be joke. Those highlights need to be seen in the main game on Sunday.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    I’ll co-sign Jukai roster

  • http://www.slamonline.com Doc

    Are you serious? Russell Westbrook should have waaaay more votes, maybe its because im an OKC fan but still, he is having a very productive season

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/32JSE Yesse

    Diesel, i voted for Shaq because he is an entertainer, not because of his numbers. I am still somewhat disappointed by the votes.

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  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Yesse – being funny off the court should not be a criteria for all star voting.

  • max

    why is haywood getting over 120000 votes. whos voting this guy? hes not chinese and last I checked, chandler was the one klling it down-low for the mavs. So effin ridiculous, haywood is closer to starting in the ASG than Dirk!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Lets all write in antoine walker!

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    I don’t understand why people have a problem with the voting system. At the end of the day it’s the fans who decide who the stars are so the fans should decide who is an all-star. This has nothing to do with stats, talent etc, it’s all about the fans and who they pick. If the goal was to have the best player play, then they would come up with some kind of BCS type computer ranking to pick the players. I just don’t get why people think that the fans shouldn’t pick the all-stars. Thats the ONLY system that makes sense.

  • tonyknorr

    this is beyond ridiculous this in an outrage and a slap in the face to any real basketball fan. If I am seeing this correctly Raymond Felton is not even in the top ten. GREAT ODEN’S RAVEN!!! does anybody else not see the numbers this guy is putting up there are only two two gaurds in the east that are playing at the same level as felton and they are rondo and rose but come on gilbert arenas, brandon Jennings, vince carter, and jamal crawford over FELTON. Good god please put an end to this fan voting crap. about the only postitions that are even close to breaking down properly are the forward spots and even those are screwed

  • Zeiram

    Leaving out the Center position in the West (which is slim pickins anyway) I don´t think this is too outrageous.

    Starters right now would be:

    East: Garnett, James, Howard, Rondo, Wade

    West: Durant, Gasol, Ming, Kobe, Paul.

    With the exception of Ming who should be replaced by Dirk (playing Gasol as C, I don´t care, just make it happen), this looks pretty good to me. Amare vs. KG is a debate I would do the rest is solid. There are some slights in the lower voting regions but since these don´t matter I don´t care.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Dirk and Deron, two of the best players in the L, continue to get disrespected. It ain’t right.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    And sure, Yao doesn’t deserve the start, but he isn’t really taking the spot from anyone worthy. So, easy with the outrage.
    And I also feel for Kevin Love, also getting disrespected. 30 and 30.

  • T-Money

    Yeah, I don’t really get why people get their panties in a bunch for the ASG. It’s an exhibition game – if the people want to see Yao, give them Yao. You want to know who were the best players for a given year? Look at the All-NBA teams.

  • tony knorr

    this is ridiculous, this is a slap in the face to all legitimate basketball fans around the world. If I read this correctly Raymond Felton is not even in the top ten for east guards. GREAT ODEN’S RAVEN!!! Gilbert arenas, brandon jennings, VC, and Jamal Crawford are better than Felton? There are only two guards in the east that have actually played as well as Felton and everyone knows that is Rondo and Rose but how Felton is getting this little love is beyone me. In fact the only positions even approaching sanity in their breakdown are the forwards ( and even then Amare should be starting and K love should be right behind Griffin). Please end this Fan voting crap somehow.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Im shocked yi hasnt been voted a starter yet

  • tony knorr

    Here is the beef run n’ gun, and t-money. because what people really want is to see the most entertaining and skilled players in the league play a fun game, nobody wants to see derek fisher, chris kaman, and louis scola play in an exhibition game they aren’t going to wow anybody with their playmaking abilities. Hate to say it but the fans are showing that they aren’t objectively intelligent enough to know what they want to see.

  • Mitya

    I just gotta say one thing. Blake Griffin HAS to be there. As Mark Jackson would say – come on fans, you’re better than that!

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    Cosign T-Money: “You want to know who were the best players for a given year? Look at the All-NBA teams.” All-Star game is for the fans, so the fan vote is the best/only system that makes sense. It sucks for players like K Love and Felton, but if they keep playing the way they are either the fans will give them start credibility and/or they’ll get recognized on the All-NBA team.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    @tony knorr: If the fans wanted to see Derek Fisher and Chris Kaman, they would vote them in. Fans want to see the stars play and that’s why somebody like Shaq is getting so many votes, regardless how good he is, he’s a star that a lot of people want to see play. T-Money and Run’n'Gun219 are 100% right in that the All-star game is for the fans. If you want to see the best players in the league play against each other then petition Stern to have a end of the season game between the All-NBA teams. Eventhough the All-Star game and All-NBA game would have a lot of overlap, I’d bet the All-star game would have better ratings. And at the end of the day it’s the ratings that make the money and that’s why from an NBA league perspective I think the All-star game makes more sense if you have to have 1 game or the other. Personally I’d watch both, but w/o Shaq my gradmother wouldn’t care about the game between the All-NBA teams.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^doc..
    nice to see another okc fan around here.. and yes if westbrook does not make the all star game im going to sh*t a brick

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

    @tony knorr —- You almost made sense; BUT Amar’e is in the Eastern conference now??? C’Mon Son.

  • tony knorr

    @Dacre I know he is. I’m a huge celtics fan and KG fan as well as being a believer that Bron is the best player in the league today but nobody is playing better and being more of a difference maker for their team right now then Amar’e I know it will not happen but the guy deserves to start over KG.

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

    Considering that Yao just got hurt this is what I think the team will look like, as the ‘league/ie the coaches/stern etc’ will get to round out the lineup.
    ____
    F Durant
    F ‘Melo
    C P. Gasol
    G Kobe
    G CP3
    _
    1 F Dirk
    2 C Duncan
    3 F Griffin
    4 G Manu
    5 G Nash
    6 G Williams
    7 F Odom

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

    @tony knorr – My apologies, when I read back over it I realised that you mentioned Griffin, K Love and Amare in the one sentance; but it was ME who presumed that you had put them all together on the one team… my bad. Seriously.

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

    I’ve also been voting Amar’e in to start over LeBron.

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

    Looking back over my lineup there are alot of guys that miss the cut (aren’t there always??) yet again….
    * Westbrook (there’s always another PG).
    * Paul Millsap ? (the “Chris Gatling” vote).
    * ‘an actual legit centre’ – Anyone know what the Tyson Chandler over/under is on getting a coaches nod?

  • http://slamonline.com nate

    I can’t believe this rondo is ahead of derrick rose in voting ?? Wtf is this world coming too who is voting for that green goblin looking dude

  • hiphopcop

    Bynum finally getting in, and Odom will probably get voted in by the coaches. Lakers might have 4 all stars this year. YEAH!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    There are way too many Lakers on these lists. That is ridiculous. And Steve Nash and Jason Kidd do not belong higher than Russell Westbrook. Damn you fans.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^Allenp..
    so very true.. it westbrook doesnt make it im going to be so pissed

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    To be honest, since only the top two people get in by fan voting, it’s really not a big deal. the top two on each list are correct right now.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And by correct I mean those players actually deserve to play in an all-star game. Dirk is the best forward in the West right now and he should be starting, but he’ll make the team on coaches vote.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    yeah have to agree with ya on that one.. you do realize that thier could possibly be two rookies in the all star game right? how awesome would that be

  • Groves

    im suprised their aren’t more votes for westbrook, okafor, Amare and blake griffin. okafor is playing at top 2 centre in the west level at the moment.

    my votes:
    west- CP3, Westbrook, Melo, Dirk, Okafor
    east- Rondo, Wade, LeBron, Amare, Dwight

  • The Philosopher 2.0

    If anyone voted for JaVale McGee, YOU ARE ON CRACK!

  • whoooo!

    i saw Nene listed on the West centers and initially read “None”, which would actually be the beset choice.

  • Lamont

    The goal of the all-star game isn’t to choose the “best” players. It’s to choose who want to see play. People just have really poor taste

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Like brewster said, im voting for none of the above.

  • http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/ Jukai

    @Dacre: You’d have Odom in over Love?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Title should read “early returns for ASG fan votes…. FOR ME TO POOP ON!

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    starters—P.Gasol,Nowitzki,Durant,Bryant,Nash— bench—Okafur,Duncan,Anthony,Ellis,Paul,A.Jefferson,D.Will starters— Howard,Garnett,James,Wade,Rose bench— Shaq,Amare’,Granger,J.Johnson,Felton(unless Rondo is ready) Pierce, Barga (um, the Raptor)

  • KB8toSG8

    Deserving:

    West : Paul/Williams, Kobe, Melo by a mile, Dirk and Marc/Bynum ( WTF?! Yao?!)

    East : Rose/Rondo, Dwayne, LeBron, KG, Howard

    East seems set. West seems screwed to this point…..Pau won’t be bad but Durant over Melo?!?! And Yao?!

  • bashmo

    whaa? Slam Online…CP3 started the 09 All Star game in Phoenix, just thought you should know.

    In my opinion: WEST – CP3, KB, Melo, Dirk, Nene(I Guess, iunno hes the only solid option at Center this season)
    EAST – Rondo, DWade, Bron, Stoudemire, Howard.

    The eastern all star starting lineups at the 2,3,4,5 have been the same for the last 3 years. Fan voting is wack.

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

    For me Kevin Love is THAT guy…the one that most everybody would say ‘should have made the team in hindsight’….In all fairness, if he truly does get picked by the coaches I’m in with the thumbs up. He’s definitely the most blue-collar allstar I’ve ever seen….even more so than the great Charles Oakley or the ineffable Mt Mutumbo!

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

    REPLY @Jukai by the way/..

  • Crustified-Jalepino

    @nate don’t be so nasty like that other goblin dude from boston. I hate to break this down to most of yall but it is the FANS that pay the bills here so stop crying like babies & let the coaches decide the rest of the teams, there are always hurt feelings before ASG but thats what motivates better than average cats to become all stars next year. @DACRE : Love is more blue collar than Oakley ? r u mental ? Do you think Love could step to Barkley as an eg.? Oak would blow Love out of his left nostril for fun & then pop his blue collar. gtf0 philosopher 0.2 is bummed cos he voted Ben Wallace :-) Remember kids smoking baking soda is just as bad.

  • Crustified-Jalepino

    R U shocked tarzan ? like REALLY ? LIKE get out of town shocked ? WHO CARES who you don’t vote for.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Rondo over Rose, seriously? WTF people. Rose is 3rd on the MVP list at nba.com and espn.com, he’s been one of the, if not the best player in the east for the start of the season. Rondo’s assists, I know, their nice. But ‘C’mon Man!’ This sh*t just pisses me off.

  • skeletonman

    vote ginobli, he should start for the west

  • Armando

    just keep voting for Yao. If the league doesn’t change the ballot and list Gasol as a C, as he will start anyway.

    West:
    G-Bryant
    G-Paul
    F-Durant
    F-Griffin
    C-Gasol
    RG-Westbrook
    RG-Williams
    RF-Anthony
    RF-Nowitzki
    RC-Love
    WC-Nash
    WC-Ginobili

    East:
    G-Rose
    G-Wade
    F-James
    F-Stoudemire
    C-Howard
    RG-Rondo
    RG-Wall (a better individual player and far more exciting than Felton, Allen, etc.)
    RF-Smith
    RF-Pierce
    RC-Horford
    WC-Noah
    WC-Bosh

    Tough cuts:
    Scola, Gordon, Johnson, Roy, Curry, Garnett

  • Armando

    There could me made an argument for Jameer Nelson as well. His stats doesn’t pop out, but he is the key to Orlando’s play. He is a better player than Felton imo, but most people just look at the stats, not the actual play.

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

    @Armando – I for one like what Jameer Nelson can offer the Magic on the court, but I’m not really in favour of watching him play in the ASG, running around chewing with half his mouth guard hanging out…it’s worse than watching LeBron chew his finger nails when he’s sitting….!?

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

    …Or Kobe doing his “lower Jaw dilocated/Mamba thing…”

  • James

    East Starters (probable):
    C- Dwight Howard F- Lebron James F- Kevin Garnett G- Derrick Rose (i think he’ll pass rondo, especially with him missing a couple weeks) G- Dwyane wade

    Bench: C- Andrew Bogut F- Amare Stoudamire F- Paul Pierce G- Rajon Rondo G- Raymond Felton WC- Josh Smith WC- Danny Granger (bosh will probably get it but granger deserves it.

    West starters: C- Yao Ming (ugh, this is why fans shouldn’t be allowed to vote for anything) F- Kevin Durant F- Pau Gasol G- Kobe Bryant G- Chris Paul

    Bench: C- Tim Duncan F- Dirk Nowitzki F- Carmelo Anthony G- Deron Williams G- Manu Ginobili WC- Russel Westbrook WC- Lamar Odom.

    If (when) yao can’t play, i think putting either paul millsap or al jefferson as a replacement is fair. I could see kevin love or blake griffin being a replacement choice, too.

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    How the eff does Love only have 81,000 votes?! How many 20-20 games does he need?

  • Blackphantom

    Here are my all-stars for the West
    G-CP3
    G-Kobe
    F-Carmelo Anthony
    F- Dirk Nowitzki
    C- (I completely hate the fact there isn’t really a viable C in the west currently but I have to choose)Andrew Bynum
    Reserves(no particular order):
    Tim Duncan
    Kevin Love
    Deron Williams
    Manu Ginobli
    Kevin Durant
    Blake Griffin
    Russell Westbrook

  • Blackphantom

    I would make a east roster but I think people’ll be pissed since I wouldn’t include Chris Bosh

  • jay

    ALL OF YOU PEOPLE THAT SAY BYNUM IS ALL STAR HE ONLY PLAYED 1 GAME NENE IS AVRAGING MORE POINTS AND REBOUNDS THAN ANYYYONE ON THE WEST SIDE OF CENTERS HE DESERVES IT MORE THAN ANYYONE, YOU ARE ALL FOOLS SERIOULY BYNUM -__- EVERYONE ON LAKERS GOTTA RIDE KOBE TO GET ALL STAR UHH………….

  • Mark James

    Rondo is agrat choice

  • Mark James

    Rondo is a great choice

  • BostonBaller

    Let’s not complain about fan voting this year, it only gives us gas and stresses us out. lol. I agree w/ allenP for the most part about the top 2 in fan voting so far except Ming. (hurt too much) and as far as hating on Shaq, it’s just the bitterness coming out b/c the big fella is playing well again. No, I don’
    t think it should be an all Celtics starting lineup but one could argue that if health, all five could be on the team (relax, I said COULD) I would love to see a real basketball argument against one of them making it. I might even vote once before the cut off. Have fun guys and gals.

  • big d

    garnett hahahaha it must be a group of voters voting over and over garnett not good and never was hahaha a joke

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  • Hey Jer

    D-Will needs votes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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