New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony is among the leading early Eastern Conference vote getters as the first tally of All-Star voting was released on Thursday.
LeBron James and Anthony top the Eastern Conference, while Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant lead the Western Conference. James, the reigning NBA MVP, is the overall leader with 641,348 votes, while Bryant is second with 639,419 votes.
James, Anthony (573,112) and the Boston Celtics‘ Kevin Garnett (218,246) are the three leading Eastern Conference’s frontcourt players, while Dwyane Wade (430,925) and Rajon Rondo (382,613) are the leaders in the backcourt.
Bryant is joined in the backcourt by Chris Paul (353,603). In addition to Durant (605,965), Dwight Howard (434,168) and Blake Griffin (307,855) are among the Western Conference leaders in the frontcourt.
As for Anthony, it looks like he should have no problem starting in the All-Star Game in Houston, and why not given the season he has had to this point. If things stay like they are it will be the sixth All-Star appearance for Anthony and his fourth consecutive.
Other Knicks players to appear on the ballot include: Tyson Chandler (fifth, 151,744), Amar’e Stoudemire (10th, 64,266) and Raymond Felton (seventh, 37,974).
Balloting will conclude on Jan. 14, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Jan. 17.
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