Thu Dec 10 04:00pm EST
The NBA released its first returns for the All-Star Game, to be held Feb. 14, 2010 at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium, and, once again, it appears as though China really wants to see Tracy McGrady(notes) ball.
Yes, that's right. McGrady, the injured Houston swingman who has yet to play an actual game this season, is currently second among Western Conference guards in voting. His hundreds of thousands of votes are presumably coming from China, where fans of Yao Ming(notes) tend to also back other Rockets on the ballot. (Case in point: Aaron Brooks(notes) has more votes than Chauncey Billups(notes), Brandon Roy(notes) and Deron Williams(notes). Unreal.)
In non-head-scratching news, Kobe Bryant(notes) is the overall leader with 692,518 votes and, naturally, first among West guards. Carmelo Anthony(notes), the league's leading scorer, paces forwards in the West (588,958) with the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki(notes) (366,300) second. Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) (447,776) is the leading vote-getter among Western centers, with the Lakers' Andrew Bynum(notes) trailing some 150,000 votes.
Over in the East, Dwyane Wade(notes) is the leading vote-getter in the conference with 672,227 votes, followed by the Magic's Vince Carter(notes) (292,002). LeBron James(notes) leads all Eastern forwards with 649,327 votes, followed by Kevin Garnett(notes) (533,187), who, somewhat surprisingly, has over 200,000 more votes than Chris Bosh(notes). Dwight Howard(notes) brings home the centers with 625,279 votes. No one else is even close.
Another piece of All-Star voting hilarity: Allen Iverson ranks 6th among Eastern Conference guards. He has played just five games so far, and averages 11.4 points per game. This, of course, includes a nearly month long retirement.
Man, this stuff angers me to no end. Deep breaths, Skeets. Deep. Breaths.
Fans can vote at NBA arenas through Jan. 10, and can continue to vote by text or online through Jan. 18. The starters will be named on Jan. 21 and the reserves on Jan. 28.
See the complete totals below.
Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 649,327; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 533,187; Chris Bosh (Tor) 303,550; Paul Pierce(notes) (Bos) 131,379; Josh Smith(notes) (Atl) 109,404; Danny Granger(notes) (Ind) 100,122; Andre Iguodala(notes) (Phi) 75,146; Michael Beasley(notes) (Mia) 58,461; Hedo Turkoglu(notes) (Tor) 55,416; Rashard Lewis(notes) (Orl) 46,073; Luol Deng(notes) (Chi) 37,428.
Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 672,227; Vince Carter (Orl) 292,002; Gilbert Arenas(notes) (Was) 212,526; Ray Allen(notes) (Bos) 208,276 Derrick Rose(notes) (Chi) 196,059; Allen Iverson(notes) (Phi) 136,976*; Joe Johnson(notes) (Atl) 118,964; Rajon Rondo(notes) (Bos) 113,371; Jose Calderon(notes) (Tor) 68,084; Mike Bibby(notes) (Atl) 48,935.
Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 625,279; Shaquille O'Neal(notes) (Cle) 206,657; Andrea Bargnani(notes) (Tor) 67,310; Al Horford(notes) (Atl) 52,747; Andrew Bogut(notes) (Mil) 45,920; Brook Lopez(notes) (NJ) 39,420; Jermaine O'Neal(notes) (Mia) 38,956; Rasheed Wallace(notes) (Bos) 36,855; Kendrick Perkins(notes) (Bos) 19,408; Brad Miller(notes) (Chi) 17,188; Tyson Chandler(notes) (Cha) 14,062; Samuel Dalembert(notes), (Phi) 13,969.
Forwards: Carmelo Anthony (Den) 588,958; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 366,300; Pau Gasol(notes) (LAL) 280,758; Tim Duncan(notes) (SA) 271,321; Kevin Durant(notes) (OKC) 177,205; Trevor Ariza(notes) (Hou) 168,167; Shawn Marion(notes) (Dal) 161,653; Luis Scola(notes) (Hou) 134,321; Ron Artest(notes) (LAL) 99,209; Lamar Odom(notes) (LAL) 85,817; LaMarcus Aldridge(notes) (Por) 70,588.
Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 692,518; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 281,545; Steve Nash(notes) (Pho) 272,135; Chris Paul(notes) (NO) 248,049; Jason Kidd(notes) (Dal) 207,247; Jason Terry(notes) (Dal) 131,422; Aaron Brooks (Hou) 131,167; Chauncey Billups (Den) 112,509; Brandon Roy (Por) 106,416; Deron Williams (Utah) 94,715; Manu Ginobili(notes) (SA) 75,392.
Centers: Amar'e Stoudemire (Pho) 447,776; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 299,484; Nene (Den) 90,439; Marc Gasol(notes) (Mem) 75,765; Greg Oden(notes) (Por) 73,874; Al Jefferson(notes) (Min) 48,676; Antonio McDyess(notes) (SA) 46,323; Mehmet Okur(notes) (Utah) 35,606; Marcus Camby(notes) (LAC) 35,471; Andris Biedrins(notes) (GS) 28,287; Emeka Okafor(notes) (NO) 19,827; Spencer Hawes(notes) (Sac) 10,733.
Note: While Iverson appears among Western Conference guards on the paper ballot because he began the season with Memphis, his votes will count toward the Eastern Conference guards due to his signing with Philadelphia.