Feb 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Western Conference guard Chris Paul (3) of the Los Angeles Clippers holds the MVP trophy as he son Chris Paul holds a ball after the 2013 NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Latest Western Conference All-Star balloting

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant leads all Western Conference vote-getters with 850,728 votes in the second returns for the NBA’s All-Star balloting.

Despite the NBA’s decision to change the ballots to three frontcourt players and two backcourt players, Durant is joined in the starting five by a center, Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets and a power forward, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul, last season’s All-Star Game MVP, is second among guards while Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Obviously, there are some quarrels here. Griffin has had an excellent season, but Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves should be in the starting five. LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers has a case as well.

Bryant should obviously not be in the lineup.

Here are the second returns, courtesy of the NBA.

Western Conference

Frontcourt

  1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 850,728
  2. Dwight Howard (Hou) 408,623
  3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 399,357
  4. Kevin Love (Min) 377,941
  5. Tim Duncan (SA) 312,809
  6. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 282,613
  7. Anthony Davis (NO) 188,589
  8. Pau Gasol (LAL) 177,883
  9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 145,089
  10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 126,025
  11. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 106,369
  12. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 99,903
  13. David Lee (GS) 89,858
  14. Omer Asik (Hou) 79,591
  15. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 76,110

Backcourt

  1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 723,031
  2. Chris Paul (LAC) 533,647
  3. Stephen Curry (GS) 481,698
  4. Jeremy Lin (Hou) 358,725
  5. James Harden (Hou) 270,476
  6. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 216,070
  7. Tony Parker (SA) 158,329
  8. Damian Lillard (Por) 105,880
  9. Ricky Rubio (Min) 81,829
  10. Steve Nash (LAL) 81,377

Tags: All-Star Game Blake Griffin Chris Paul Dwight Howard Kevin Durant Kevin Love Kobe Bryant

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