Blazers guard Damian Lillard 10th in Western Conference All-Star backcourt voting
The NBA All-Star game is just over a month away in Toronto and the NBA released the second set of All-Star fan voting returns Thursday morning. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has played at an All-Star level so far this season, but the fan voting for the game hasn’t been as kind to him this season.
At this time last year, Lillard was fifth in the backcourt voting in the Western Conference and this year Lillard is 10th in the second voting returns. Here’s what the voting looks like for Lillard.
1 Stephen Curry (GS) 925,789
2 Russell Westbrook (OKC) 479,512
3 Chris Paul (LAC) 268,672
4 Klay Thompson (GS) 267,602
5 James Harden (Hou) 249,877
6 Rajon Rondo (Sac) 120,767
7 Andre Iguodala (GS) 111,575
8 Manu Ginobili (SA) 100,602
9 Tony Parker (SA) 86,238
10 Damian Lillard (Por) 81,035
Lillard’s backcourt mate CJ McCollum did not make the top-ten in All-Star voting even though he’s averaging 21 points per game and one of the best shooters in the league.
Since I’ve stopped caring about such things, I was unaware that Andre Iguodala is considered a backcourt player this season. Kobe Bryant is a front court player on this year’s ballot and is the leading vote-getter with over 1.26 million votes.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry is currently No. 2 in the voting. As of right now, the starting five for the Western Conference would be Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kobe, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. Sign me up.
The Eastern Conference starting five as it stands has Dwyane Wade, with a sizable lead in the backcourt voting, followed by Kyrie Irving, who is edging out hometown star Kyle Lowry by less than 30,000 votes. The top-three frontcourt players in the voting are LeBron James, the leading vote-getter in the East, Indiana’s Paul George and Detroit’s Andre Drummond. Drummond’s place in the All-Star starting line-up is more precarious than Irving’s as he holds a slim 5,000 vote lead over Carmelo Anthony.
The NBA All-Star game will be on February 14. Perhaps this is a good time to mention that Sean Highkin and I picked our hypothetical Rookie-Sophomore game team’s on the latest Bulls vs. Blazers podcast.
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