Houston Rockets: 1st All-Star Ballot Returns has 3 Rockets in Top 15 Vote-Getters

By Michael Ma

Dec 8, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket against the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Mavericks defeated the Rockets 116-109. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

With the release of the 1st All-Star voting ballet returns, 3 Houston Rockets currently rank in the top 15 vote-getters of the Western Conference team.  Jeremy Lin (298,319 votes) and James Harden (196,108 votes) rank 3rd and 4th, respectively, in the newly-titled Backcourt position, while Omir Asik (88,178 votes) ranks 7th in the newly-titled Frontcourt position.

NBA All-Star Weekend will be in Houston from February 15th-17th.  The All-Star Game itself will be on Sunday, February 17th, and be televised by TNT, as well as the other weekend festivities.  This will be the third time that Houston has hosted the All-Star game, the first time was in 1989, the second time in 2006.

The NBA decided earlier this season to change the position format for the All-Star Game.  Instead of fans voting for two guards, two forwards, and one center in each conference, the center position was taken away to let fans vote for 3 frontcourt players in each conference.

Kobe Bryant (639,419 votes) and Chris Paul (353,603 votes) rank 1st and 2nd in the West backcourt, while Kevin Durant (605,965 votes), Dwight Howard (434,168), and Blake Griffin (307,855 votes) currently lead the West frontcourt.

The East backcourt is lead by Dwyane Wade (430,925 votes) and Rajon Rondo (382,613 votes), while the frontcourt is led by Lebron James (who is the leading vote-getter at 641,348), Carmelo Anthony (573,112 votes), and Kevin Garnett (218,246 votes).

Of the 3 Rockets, Harden is most likely a shoe-in for a spot in the Western Conference roster.  If not voted in as a starter, Harden should be selected as a reserve.  While Asik should remain as a top 10 vote-getter in the West backcourt, it would be a stretch for him to be selected, as there is much depth at the position already.  Lin’s case is different: it is highly possible that he could be voted in as a starter due to his global presence.  If Lin should have another game like he did against the San Antonio Spurs where he erupted for 38 points, that should all but guarantee him a starter in the West’s backcourt.