Houston Rockets: One Week Left of All-Star Voting

By Michael Ma

Jan 5, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (40) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

With one week left for All-Star online fan voting, three Houston Rockets still remain in the top 15 Western Conference vote-getters.  Jeremy Lin, with 605,624 votes has the most votes of any Rocket, but trails Los Angeles Clipper guard Chris Paul by less than 50,000 votes for the second starting backcourt position.  James Harden immediately follows Lin as the 4th leading vote-getter in the backcourt at 337,585 votes, and Omer Asik ranks 7th in frontcourt vote-getters at 160,935 votes.

If none of the three gets voted in as a starter, it should be a lock that Harden will be selected as a reserve for the Western Conference squad.  Harden is the third leading scorer in the West, averaging 26.4 points, while also dishing out 5.3 assists per game.

The last day for fans to cast their votes is January 14th, and there are a variety of options for fans to cast their votes.  Not only is the All-Star ballot provided on nba.com, fans can cast their votes via twitter, by simply tweeting the players first and last name with the hash tag #NBABALLOT.  Fans are allowed to tweet a vote for one player each day until the deadline.  Fans can also vote via text message: simply text the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2. There is also an application on Facebook that fans can also use to vote.

NBA All-Star Weekend will be held from February 15th-17th in Houston, with all festivities televised on TNTLos Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is currently the leading vote-getter with over 1,177,456 votes.  Miami Heat forward Lebron James ranks second at 1,151,304 votes.