Third NBA All-Star ballot returns: LeBron and Durant still tops

LeBron defends his title as the top All-Star vote getter. (USATSI)
LeBron defends his title as the top All-Star vote getter. (USATSI)

The NBA announced the latest batch of All-Star returns Thursday, with LeBron James and Kevin Durant once again leading their respective conferences. From the NBA: 

LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder lead their respective conferences, and are separated by only 21,854 votes, after the third returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint. James, the top overall vote-getter with 1,076,063 votes, is followed in the Eastern Conference by the Indiana Pacers Paul George . Durant (1,054,209) is followed in the Western Conference by the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant .

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.

James, George (899,671) and the New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony (702,869) pace the Eastern Conference’s frontcourt players. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade (718,109) and the Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving (652,522) lead Eastern Conference backcourt players.

Durant is joined in the frontcourt in the West by the Houston Rockets Dwight Howard (509,116) and the L.A. Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin (500,964), with the Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love (483,031) making a strong push for a starting spot. Bryant (844,538) and the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (677,372) pace all Western Conference backcourt players.

Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 20, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 23, during a special one-hour edition of the Emmy Award-winning pregame show Inside the NBA at 7 p.m. ET. The special will air prior to TNT’s exclusive doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Lakers at the Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets at the Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET). Reserves will be announced on Thursday, Jan.30, also on TNT.
EASTERN CONFERENCE
FRONTCOURT BACKCOURT
1.         LeBron James (Mia) 1,076,063 1.         Dwyane Wade (Mia) 718,109
2.         Paul George (Ind) 899,671 2.         Kyrie Irving (Cle) 652,522
3.         Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 702,869 3.         Derrick Rose (Chi) 323,099
4.         Roy Hibbert (Ind) 385,964 4.         John Wall (Was) 278,516
5.         Chris Bosh (Mia) 304,986 5.         Ray Allen (Mia) 190,086
6.         Kevin Garnett (BKN) 164,021 6.         Rajon Rondo (Bos) 133,448
7.         Joakim Noah (Chi) 128,201 7.         Deron Williams (BKN) 95,309
8.         Andre Drummond (Det) 120,844 8.         George Hill (Ind) 89,428
9.         Tyson Chandler (NYK) 101,637 9.         Lance Stephenson (Ind) 77,364
10.       Jeff Green (Bos) 96,336 10.       DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 68,985
11.       Luol Deng (Cle) 90,730
12.       Carlos Boozer (Chi) 80,271
13.       Paul Pierce (BKN) 72,581
14.       David West (Ind) 61,612
15.       Brook Lopez (BKN) 58,477

So

WESTERN CONFERENCE
FRONTCOURT BACKCOURT
1.         Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,054,209 1.         Kobe Bryant (LAL) 844,538
2.         Dwight Howard (Hou) 509,116 2.         Stephen Curry (GS) 677,372
3.         Blake Griffin (LAC) 500,964 3.         Chris Paul (LAC) 651,073
4.         Kevin Love (Min) 483,031 4.         Jeremy Lin (Hou) 471,980
5.         LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 404,793 5.         James Harden (Hou) 338,788
6.         Tim Duncan (SAS) 385,342 6.         Russell Westbrook (OKC) 260,499
7.         Anthony Davis (NO) 223,956 7.         Tony Parker (SA) 195,328
8.         Pau Gasol (LAL) 207,213 8.         Damian Lillard (Por) 162,363
9.         Andre Iguodala (GS) 192,616 9.         Klay Thompson (GS) 108,404
10.       Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 156,792 10.       Ricky Rubio (Min) 97,265
11.       DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 148,604
12.       David Lee (GS) 141,509
13.       Chandler Parsons (Hou) 135,387
14.       Omer Asik (Hou) 101,372
15.       Kawhi Leonard (SA) 91,859
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