Feb 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Eastern Conference forward LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat and Western Conference guard Kobe Bryant (24) of the Los Angeles Lakers laugh during the second half of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center. The Western Conference won 143-138. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James leads Eastern Conference All-Star voting


The early returns on voting for the 2014 All-Star Game are in and in a shocking development, Miami Heat forward LeBron James leads the way.

James received 609, 336 votes, more than any other player (Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is second with 607, 407 votes). The NBA has eliminated the center position and instead you can select three frontcourt players and two backcourt players. That means Indiana Pacers’ forward Paul George, New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard Kyrie Irving would round out the starting five.

Wade clearly doesn’t deserve a spot, but that’s what happens when you let fans vote. However, fans shouldn’t worry. If Wade doesn’t make it, Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose, who is out for the season, is next on the list!

Frontcourt:

1. LeBron James (Mia) 609,336
2. Paul George (Ind) 489,335
3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 424,211
4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 208,369
5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 156,364
6. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 102,825
7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 75,229
8. Jeff Green (Bos) 55,912
9. Luol Deng (Chi) 54,340
10. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 51,738
11. Andre Drummond (Det) 51,351
12. Carlos Boozer (Chi) 48,745
13. Paul Pierce (BKN) 45,145
14. Brook Lopez (BKN) 37,153
15. Josh Smith (Det) 32,025

Backcourt:

1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 396,279
2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 365,712
3. Derrick Rose (Chi) 272,410
4. John Wall (Was) 124,851
5. Ray Allen (Mia) 99,464
6. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 80,889
7. Deron Williams (BKN) 44,282
8. George Hill (Ind) 42,536
9. Evan Turner (Phi) 33,605
10. Mario Chalmers (Mia) 32,996

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