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January 10, 2015 Updates
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LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lead their respective conferences and are separated by only 13,285 votes after the third returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint. James has 971,299 votes compared with 958,014 for Curry, who trailed by 20,324 votes following the second returns issued a week ago. The New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis sits in third place overall with 922,381. Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 19. NBA.com

James, the Chicago Bulls' Pau Gasol (527,582) and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (456,186) pace the Eastern Conference's frontcourt players. The Washington Wizards' John Wall (564,977) is the East's leading vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (507,326). Curry is joined in the Western Conference backcourt by the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (862,568). The West frontcourt is led, in order, by Davis, the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (490,786) and the Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol (476,660). NBA.com

January 7, 2015 Updates
January 5, 2015 Updates

Me: One shop question: if you had to make a case to the Western Conference coaches for Mike Conley making the All-Star team, what would it be? Mike Conley: I don't know what I'd say to them. Hopefully I'm doing enough. I don't know what else I have to do. Years past you'd say we're not one of the top teams. But this year, we're one of those teams. I'm pretty much letting my game speak for itself and hopefully they'll take notice. NBA.com

January 4, 2015 Updates

The second All-Star fan voting figures were recently released, and DeAndre Jordan remained in 12th place among frontcourt players with 58,200 votes. Before Sunday's practice, the Clippers' center acknowledged that he's not pleased. "If I'm 12th in the frontcourt in the West, I wonder what I'd be in centers if we still had that," Jordan said. Los Angeles Times

When Jordan was asked about that change, he said he was not a fan. "Absolutely not," he said. Jordan leads the league in rebounding with 13.6 a game, is third in the league in blocked shots with 2.3 a game, and is sixth in the league in field-goal percentage, averaging 9.2 points a game on 70.5% shooting. "I just wish that when they called my name for the starting lineups, they would say starting at forward instead of center," Jordan deadpanned. Los Angeles Times

January 2, 2015 Updates

Anthony slipped to third place in the All-Star voting among frontcourt players, as the Bulls’ Pau Gasol passed him. That still qualifies Anthony as an Eastern starter for the Garden-hosted extravaganza. There’s sentiment Anthony will make playing-time decisions based on being available for the All-Star Weekend in mid-February. New York Post

January 1, 2015 Updates

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors remain atop the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively, after the second returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint. James continues to own the top overall spot with 775,810 votes, while Curry's 755,486 votes are good for second in the league. The 64th NBA All-Star Game will tip off Sunday, Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be seen by fans in 215 countries and territories and will be heard in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 30th year of NBA All-Star coverage. NBA.com

James, the Chicago Bulls' Pau Gasol (372,109) and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (365,449) pace the Eastern Conference's frontcourt players. Washington Wizards guard John Wall (439,395) remains the East's leading vote-getter in the backcourt, and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (396,757) is second. Curry is followed in the West backcourt by the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (694,665). The Western Conference frontcourt is led, in order, by the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (732,154), the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (403,415) and the Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol (343,587). NBA.com

December 30, 2014 Updates

"I haven't seen anything. I've been on my couch asleep," the three-time All-Star said Monday at the Trail Blazers practice facility. Aldridge currently sits sixth among Western Conference frontcourt players almost 400,000 votes behind leader Anthony Davis of New Orleans. "I never really gotten into that type of stuff," Aldridge said. "I've gotten in every year on coaches votes so that's what I look forward to." Oregonian

Lillard, who was named an All-Star for the first time last season, currently sits eighth among West guards a whopping 466,211 votes behind conference leader Stephen Curry of Golden State. "(My agent) just told me it was early and you're just not as popular as these guys, I guess," Lillard said. "That was my best guess that I'm just not as popular as them." Oregonian

Marco Belinelli told Tuttosport he will be in New York next February to take part in the three-point contest at the NBA All-Star Game. Belinelli won the contest last season. “I spoke with my agent. The All-Star Game is a too funny weekend and, above all, I want to win the contest again” said Belinelli. Sportando

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