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The NBA released the second returns from All-Star voting today and Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin has more votes then not only team mate James Harden but tons of other NBA players.
Jeremy Lin currently has more All-Star votes than James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan among others.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) December 26, 2013
With Lin averaging 14 points and 4 assists per game it may appear surprising to many that he has so many votes, but with the numerous ways a fan can vote, and the legion of fans that Lin covets it makes sense. Kobe Bryant leads the Western Conference backcourt in votes with Chris Paul second. If the All-Star game was tomorrow then Paul, and Bryant would start, and due to Kobe’s injury third place vote-getter Stephen Curry would take his spot. Lin is still 200,000 votes behind Paul, but in a better spot then James Harden who is nearly 100,000 votes behind Lin. Take a look at the Backcourt returns below:
Western Conference 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
Dwight Howard is currently second in front court voting, nearly 400,000 votes behind Kevin Durant.
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
Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 20, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 23, during a special one-hour edition of the Emmy Award-winning pregame show Inside the NBA at 7 p.m. ET.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 26, 2013