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Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:35 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

The second batch of All-Star ballot returns are out and leading the entire league again in votes is Dwight Howard with 1,161,797 votes with Kobe Bryant still second with 1,110,379. Second in the East is Derrick Rose (1,040,210), who jumped LeBron James (972,580) and second in the West Kevin Durant (973,152).

If the voting ended today, the East's starting five would be Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron, Carmelo Anthony and Howard. In the West it would be Chris Paul, Kobe, Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum.

And looking over the vote totals, those starting lineups seem to be a bit set in stone, barring injury. Nobody is really all that close to catching anyone (Dirk was close to Griffin in the last voting, but Griffin has opened up a 300,000 vote lead).

So, are the fans getting it right so far? Kind of looks like they are, quite honestly. Can't argue with the West too much. I still take a little issue in that Kevin Love has been absolutely killing it in Minnesota so far this season averaging 26-15, but he's not part of Lob City, so it's hard to see him ever topping Griffin. Same goes for LaMarcus Aldridge, who is off to a fantastic start.

In the East, there's really nothing to change. Melo isn't really a power forward, but you can fudge the All-Star rosters a bit. Rajon Rondo isn't playing better than Rose, there's no better 2 in the East than Wade and of course LeBron and Howard are the best at their positions in the entire league. Injuries have played a role early in the season though, so you have to wonder if everyone will be healthy for the All-Star Game.

If the voting holds like this -- and it should -- we'll have a pretty accurate representation of the best in each league to start the All-Star Game. Again, I'd go with Love over Griffin, but that's not a sure thing case to make at this point. And it's not going to change anyway.
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Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

Not sure why Andrew Bynum is as starting center for the west is a sign of the fans "getting it right".  Other than rebounding(13.6 to 10.6), Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies has better stats(54%FG, 77%FT, 3assist, 2.5blocks, 15ppg) than LA's Bynum.  He's played the entire season and his team,  the Grizzlies lead their divison.  Hopefully he makes it as a reserve to the all star team.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

Fans are entitled - no encouraged - to vote for who they want to see in the All-Star game. So no argument from here as to their choices. The East seems to be good choices considering the media consensus. The West is again a problem to gauge between Aldridge, Love and Griffin. The expectation is that all three will be All-Stars. This is, perhaps the year, when Tim Duncan does not make the All-Star game. Remember how Shaq was honored long after he had ceased to play at that level.

Westbrook may feel slighted in the West as Paul is playing a little behind his normal production. But Westbrook will also likely make the squad.



Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

Fan voting will always be based on popularity and not on actual play. If you took away the names and faces and went based on play then Kyle lowry would get the nod over Chris Paul. Kyle has been flirting with a triple double every night. Fantasy owners know they got a steal.



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:50 am
 

Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

AHHH come on now don't be butt hurt that you lost tonight aganist the heat. Wait I think we're 3-0 against you now if you combine last season too. Dein it all you want but wade and Lebron are allstars we all know it just accept it. How many times have you heard Lebron compared to Kobe. I don't care for James as much as Wade but he still as talent regardless if you dislike the heat or not.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:19 am
 

Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

big hands actually make free throws harder.  Imagine trying to shoot a tennis ball.  Extreme analogy, but useful when trying to compare D12 or Shaq to the average adult man.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:09 am
 

Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

key word is "among"



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:47 pm
 

Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

Can anyone say Lebron/Wade kissa** from the media.....



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:45 pm
 

Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

It's funny how on the front page it says Wade and Lebron are leading in all star voting only to read the article and see they aren't even close...sigh



Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:25 pm
 

Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

Well Bargnani is putting up 22 and 6 this year, but hes probably more of a 4. Yeah the talent pool at center in the nba is pretty dry.



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:13 pm
 

Howard leads second returns for All-Star 2012

D12 leads the league in all star votes because he is the only center in the east who even remotely deserves to be an all star.

Seriously, am I forgetting someone?  Who's the second best, injured Lopez or Dr. Hibbert?  Andrew Bogut?  Greg Monroe?

  


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