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mary
12-14-2006, 03:14 PM
2007 All-Star Balloting: First Returns
Posted Dec 14 2006 12:39PM


NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2006 – Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Western Conference, while LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers lead the Eastern Conference in votes received after the first returns of 2007 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile.

Through the 2007 NBA All-Star Balloting program, NBA fans from around the globe are responsible for voting in the starters for the 56th NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 18. The game will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Yao leads all players with 836,392 votes. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Garnett leads all Western Conference forwards with 453,536 votes, followed by San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (423,228). Bryant (720,375) and the Houston Rockets’ Tracy McGrady (668,130) lead all Western Conference guards.

James leads all Eastern Conference players with 808,570 votes, followed by Iverson (595,200). The Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh (304,624) is second to James among Eastern Conference forwards. Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal leads all Eastern Conference centers with 522,815 votes, followed by the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard (415,708).

Fans have the opportunity to vote at all NBA arenas, in 20 languages on NBA.com, on AOL.com/nba, at 1,250 T-Mobile-owned retail locations and at t-zones using T-Mobile service or wap.nba.com for any wireless carrier. Fans will be able to vote at several locations in Las Vegas, the host city of NBA All-Star 2007, including the Las Vegas Convention Center, Fremont Street and the Thomas & Mack Center. For the first time, 13 NBA team arenas will also carry a Spanish-language version of the ballot.

The leaders of both the Eastern and Western Conference players for the first returns of the 2007 NBA All-Star voting program are attached:

2007 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: LeBron James (Cleveland) 808,570; Chris Bosh (Toronto) 304,624; Jermaine O’Neal (Indiana) 258,139, Paul Pierce (Boston) 187,138; Grant Hill (Orlando) 168,695; Rasheed Wallace (Detroit) 144,228; Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia) 136, 785; Emeka Okafor (Charlotte) 98,502; Tayshaun Prince (Detroit) 93,514; Chris Webber (Philadelphia) 88,066.

Guards: Allen Iverson (Philadelphia) 595,200; Dwyane Wade (Miami) 586,679; Vince Carter (New Jersey) 433,363; Gilbert Arenas (Washington) 225,923; Jason Kidd (New Jersey) 190,385; Chauncey Billups (Detroit) 109,687; Stephon Marbury (New York) 107,219; Michael Redd (Milwaukee) 97,394; Joe Johnson (Atlanta) 78,680; Steve Francis (New York) 76,210.

Centers: Shaquille O'Neal (Miami) 522,815; Dwight Howard (Orlando) 415,708; Ben Wallace (Chicago) 216,443; Alonzo Mourning (Miami) 65,255; Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee) 46,178; Zaza Pachulia (Atlanta) 39,921; Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cleveland) 38,590; Nenad Krstic (New Jersey) 33,459; Samuel Dalembert (Philadelphia) 30,744; Nazr Mohammed (Detroit) 30,078.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: Kevin Garnett (Minnesota) 453,536; Tim Duncan (San Antonio) 423,228; Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 405,613; Carmelo Anthony (Denver) 364,419; Shane Battier (Houston) 265,340; Lamar Odom(L.A. Lakers) 155,289; Shawn Marion (Phoenix) 130,710; Josh Howard (Dallas) 118,399; Carlos Boozer (Utah) 113,289; Pau Gasol (Memphis) 100,192.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) 720,375; Tracy McGrady (Houston) 668,130; Steve Nash (Phoenix) 432,083; Chris Paul (New Orleans/OKC) 156,801;Jason Terry (Dallas) 126,648; Manu Ginobili (San Antonio) 125,076; Tony Parker (San Antonio) 118,417; Ray Allen (Seattle) 111,841; Jerry Stackhouse (Dallas) 104,308; Baron Davis (Golden State) 93,777.

Centers: Yao Ming (Houston) 836,392; Amaré Stoudemire (Phoenix) 281,051; Erick Dampier (Dallas) 118,557; Mehmet Okur (Utah) 102,760; Marcus Camby (Denver) 64,082; Brad Miller (Sacramento) 33,376; Francisco Elson (San Antonio) 33,161; Chris Kaman (L.A. Clippers) 32,151; Chris Mihm (L.A. Lakers) 31,883; Tyson Chandler (New Orleans/OKC) 25,504.

http://www.nba.com/news/asreturns1_061214.html

mary
12-14-2006, 03:18 PM
First All-Star returns, this time last year (Western Forwards)

Tracy McGrady (Hou.) 600,507
Kevin Garnett (Min.) 469,497
Tim Duncan (S.A.) 456,017
Dirk Nowitzki (Dal.) 208,555
Carmelo Anthony (Den.) 111,419
Amare Stoudemire (Pho.) 95,266
Elton Brand (LAC) 93,474
Shawn Marion (Pho.) 82,600
Pau Gasol (Mem.) 80,898
Lamar Odom (LAL) 64,676

It obviously helps that McGrady is listed as a guard this year, but I don't think Dirk's ever been this close to KG and Duncan in voting.

http://www.nba.com/news/allstar_051215.html

Flacolaco
12-14-2006, 03:31 PM
why does KG get so many votes?

fluid.forty.one
12-14-2006, 03:32 PM
Uhh why is Howard ahead of brand and boozer?

u2sarajevo
12-14-2006, 03:37 PM
why does Gasol have any votes? Has his bench play been stellar?

nashtymavsfan13
12-14-2006, 03:41 PM
Good to see Dirk is much closer to KG and Duncan. I can't believe Mcgrady is going to be a starter again, undeserved.

TripleDipping
12-14-2006, 04:21 PM
As usual, all star voting is a joke.

WurzburgBorn
12-14-2006, 04:23 PM
As usual, all star voting is a joke.

I always hope the fans vote for injured players, so more coaches picks get on the team.

HexNBA
12-14-2006, 04:36 PM
KG in the lead? give me a freaking break

Flacolaco
12-14-2006, 04:50 PM
the fans can't do a good job....if the writers did it, theyd leave dirk out and we'd rip them and feel like "victims"

I say have the players vote?

is there any good system? should we spend time caring? the all star game is a joke anyway.

Tokey41
12-14-2006, 05:22 PM
The fact that Battier is ahead of Marion, Boozer, and Howard is disheartening... and Lewis has LESS votes than Gasol? Odd. Oh well I knew KG would get voted in, he could be putting up 2ppg and still be the "fans" choice.

nashtymavsfan13
12-14-2006, 05:32 PM
the fans can't do a good job....if the writers did it, theyd leave dirk out and we'd rip them and feel like "victims"

I say have the players vote?

is there any good system? should we spend time caring? the all star game is a joke anyway.

The coaches, players, and general managers should get to vote. Then the coaches should get tp pick the rest of the roster except for 2 spots, and the 2 spots the fans can vote for.

u2sarajevo
12-14-2006, 10:00 PM
The coaches, players, and general managers should get to vote. Then the coaches should get tp pick the rest of the roster except for 2 spots, and the 2 spots the fans can vote for.I like it! I assume you meant that coaches players GM's pick the starters.... then the actual coaches of the game pick the rest? If that's the case that might be hard to pull off, unless they determine the coaches earlier.... say 3 weeks prior, give the coaches a week to pick, that leaves 2 weeks for the player(s) to know where they will be.

So what would you do if the fans voted for 2 players already selected? Just go down the list until you get to the first two that weren't in?

nashtymavsfan13
12-15-2006, 01:21 AM
I like it! I assume you meant that coaches players GM's pick the starters.... then the actual coaches of the game pick the rest? If that's the case that might be hard to pull off, unless they determine the coaches earlier.... say 3 weeks prior, give the coaches a week to pick, that leaves 2 weeks for the player(s) to know where they will be.

So what would you do if the fans voted for 2 players already selected? Just go down the list until you get to the first two that weren't in?

Yeah, the 30 coaches, the GM's, and the players would all to vote for the starters. Then the head coaches for each All-Star team would fill out the rest of the roster. Then the fans would have a week or two to vote for 2 players for each roster that hadn't already been selected. In the MLB they let the fans vote for the last roster spot, and it works real well.

I actually did a persuasive speech today about this topic this week :)

Hitman
12-15-2006, 07:39 AM
It is crazy how the two time defending MVP (and current frontrunner to win it again) is third among guards.

dalmations202
12-15-2006, 07:40 AM
I prefer the idea of fans voting in (5) players (it's a fans game). After these five are known.
Players/GM's voting in the (5) backups. After the 10 are known.
Coach of the game getting the last two picks to solidify the team.

Anyone who can't/won't make it is another pick for the coach.

WurzburgBorn
12-15-2006, 08:35 AM
It is crazy how the two time defending MVP (and current frontrunner to win it again) is third among guards.

According to ESPN.com, Yao Ming is the frontrunner for MVP this season.

Flacolaco
12-15-2006, 09:36 AM
This from an e-mail from the Mavs this morning

PS - This just in... Dirk only trails by 4% for a starting spot on the NBA All Star Team. We need to get him a starting spot! Vote Daily!!!

go Vote!

dude1394
12-15-2006, 09:54 AM
This from an e-mail from the Mavs this morning



go Vote!

vote, I did.

TheBlueVan
12-15-2006, 09:58 AM
i dont think dirk will pass garnett until he has some huge endorsement deals and is in all kinds of commercials. thats what people remember

WurzburgBorn
12-15-2006, 10:05 AM
Hey, you can't deny Dirk would look cute sticking his head out the top of a Z4's sunroof in a Beamer commerical.

u2sarajevo
12-15-2006, 11:20 AM
i dont think dirk will pass garnett until he has some huge endorsement deals and is in all kinds of commercials. thats what people rememberbirdsanctuary? Is that you?

nashtymavsfan13
12-16-2006, 12:55 AM
I prefer the idea of fans voting in (5) players (it's a fans game). After these five are known.
Players/GM's voting in the (5) backups. After the 10 are known.
Coach of the game getting the last two picks to solidify the team.

Anyone who can't/won't make it is another pick for the coach.

Real fans though would rather see a competitive game showcasing the games best players, not the most popular ones. Or, at least I would.

dude1394
12-16-2006, 08:20 AM
Real fans though would rather see a competitive game showcasing the games best players, not the most popular ones. Or, at least I would.

Balderdash. First no one knows what "real fans" would do. Second I just want to see all mavs, don't care about the rest.

dude1394
12-17-2006, 02:21 PM
vote 'em up.