Lebron James, Kobe Bryant Leading 2013 NBA All-Star Vote
The 2013 NBA All-Star Game is still a couple months ago, but the voting is in full swing. Right now, it's LeBron James and Kobe Bryant leading vote-getters, while Jeremy Lin has a chance to bring Linsanity to the annual game.
According to ESPN.com, Lin is running third among Western Conference guards behind Bryant (639,419 votes) and Chris Paul (353,603) when the NBA released the first All-Star balloting update of the season on Thursday (December 13).
The Houston star was a little more than 55,000 votes behind Paul, and has a chance to earn the starting spot for the February game in his home arena in Houston, though he's struggled in his first season as a Rocket.
Lin, an Asian-American who became a worldwide phenom last season while playing for the New York Knicks, has struggled in his first season with the Rockets but remains popular in Asia and figures to benefit from this being the first time fans can vote via social media.
James had 641,348 votes; Carmelo Anthony was second among East frontcourt players, and Kevin Garnett was about 7,500 votes ahead of Chris Bosh for the remaining starting slot.
Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo led East guards.
And finally, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin led in the race for the West frontcourt spots.
Voting continues through Jan. 14, and starters will be announced Jan. 17.