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The first returns for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game voting have been revealed. Kobe Bryant who is currently on his NBA farewell tour is leading all players with 719,235 votes. The 17-time All-Star is being celebrated league wide this season and clearly he is expected to headline the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto.
Following Bryant in the polls is reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry who has 510,202 votes. Cavs forward LeBron James is in third place with 357,937 votes.
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The first returns are always interesting as it’s a great indicator of who the most popular players in the NBA are. Kyrie Irving hasn’t played more than three games this season and is in second place among Eastern Conference guards behind Dwyane Wade. Via NBA.com:
The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant is the leading vote-getter in the first returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2016 presented by Verizon. Bryant, a 17-time All-Star, received 719,235 votes to claim the top spot, ahead of the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (510,202) and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, who leads the Eastern Conference with 357,937 votes.
James, the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George (283,785) and the Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond (148,278) pace the East’s frontcourt players. The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (300,595) is the leading vote-getter among East guards, followed by the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (138,191).
Curry, who leads the NBA in scoring (31.2 ppg) for the 27-1 Warriors, is followed in the Western Conference guard voting by 2015 NBA All-Star Game MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (267,699). Bryant, the Thunder’s Kevin Durant (349,473) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin (182,107) lead all West frontcourt players.