NBA All-Star voting: Howard second in frontcourt

NBA All-Star voting: Howard second in frontcourt
December 12, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Howard: 'If you need a 3, give it to D!'

Houston Rockets power forward Dwight Howard (12) controls the ball during the third quarter as Golden State Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal (7) defends at Toyota Center.

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The first returns for all-star balloting have been released with Houston Rockets center, Dwight Howard (295,120), among the top three vote-getters in the frontcourt for the Western Conference. Howard is a 7-time all-star and has started each of the last six all-star games.

Forward Chandler Parsons (77,179) is 11th and center Omer Asik (53,827) is 15th among Western Conference frontcourt players. Neither player has appeared in an all-star game in their careers.

Guards Jeremy Lin (240,404) and James Harden (198,667) are fourth and fifth, respectively among Western Conference backcourt players. Harden was a first-time all-star last season and Lin is looking for his first all-star selection.

Harden is the leading scorer among Western Conference guards at 24.6 points per game. Lin is third among Western Conference players in backcourt in scoring off the bench at 14.8 points per game.

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.

Totals

Western Conference            

Frontcourt:

1.  Kevin Durant (OKC) 607,407
2.  Dwight Howard (Hou) 295,120
3.  Blake Griffin (LAC) 292,925
4.  Kevin Love (Min) 275,506
5.  Tim Duncan (SA) 217,271
6.  Anthony Davis (NO) 149,579
7.  Pau Gasol (LAL) 133,199
8.  LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 132,818
9.  Andre Iguodala (GS) 109,745
10.  Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 189,093
11.  Chandler Parsons (Hou) 77,179
12.  DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 60,923
13.  David Lee (GS) 60,015
14.  Kawhi Leonard (SA) 55,023
15.  Omer Asik (Hou) 53,827            

Backcourt

1.   Kobe Bryant (LAL) 501,215
2.  Chris Paul (LAC) 393,313
3.  Stephen Curry (GS) 327,449
4.  Jeremy Lin (Hou) 240,404
5.  James Harden (Hou) 198,667
6.  Russell Westbrook (OKC) 149,065
7.  Tony Parker (SA) 112,423
8.  Ricky Rubio (Min) 63,096
9.  Steve Nash (LAL) 60,782
10.  Damian Lillard (Por) 55,847