Kobe Edges LeBron in Latest All-Star Ballot Returns, Lin Inches Closer to CP3

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIDecember 27, 2012

Aug 6, 2012; London, United Kingdom; USA guard Kobe Bryant (10) andforward LeBron James (6) congratulate each other during the game against Argentina  during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kryger-USA TODAY

According to the second returns from the 2013 NBA All-Star ballots, Kobe Bryant has passed LeBron James as the leading vote-getter and Jeremy Lin is closing in on Chris Paul for starter's status.

Bryant has received a total of 977,444 votes as of December 27, LeBron James ranks second at 970,314, with Kevin Durant coming in third at 924,898.

The first returns saw LeBron rank first at 641,348 and Kobe in second with 639,419. Chances are, this battle for the label of "top vote-getter" will go on until the bittersweet end.

The following statistic via Mike Trudell of TWC SportsNet may provide a reason as to why Kobe has grabbed the top spot.

Kobe Bryant is averaging 37.2 ppg in 13 December games, upping his league-best average to 30.2 ppg on the season.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 27, 2012


The following screen shots via ESPN.com provide a side-by-side comparison of the statistical seasons by Kobe and LeBron.


As for the story on Lin, he has received 496,133 votes. He ranks third among Western Conference guards behind Kobe and Chris Paul, who sits at 545,564.

The first returns placed Paul at 353,603 and Lin at 298,619.

Ian Begley of ESPN New York offered his two cents on the situation.

Jeremy Lin is 3rd among Western Conference guards, ahead of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, proving this a popularity contest among fans

— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 27, 2012


As for those who'd like statistics to back this up, allow the following ESPN-supplied graphics to speak volumes.

Whether or not Lin deserves to be in the conversation is certain to become a topic of debate in the coming weeks.

As for how the rest is panning out, here is a full breakdown of the fan voting, via NBA.com


Frontcourt: LeBron James (Mia) 970,314; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 891,759; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 328,716; Chris Bosh (Mia) 308,194; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 260,000; Paul Pierce (Bos) 171,601; Joakim Noah (Chi) 129,331; Josh Smith (Atl) 111,260; Anderson Varejao (Cle) 99,955; Amar'e Stoudemire (NYK) 90,996; Shane Battier (Mia) 88,800; Andrew Bynum (Phi) 84,939; Luol Deng (Chi) 76,400; Brook Lopez (BKN) 67,991; Jeff Green (Bos) 52,785.

Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 645,875; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 574,272; Deron Williams (BKN) 309,778; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 258,193; Ray Allen (Mia) 195,142; Monta Ellis (Mil) 71,287; Raymond Felton (NYK) 66,745; Jrue Holiday (Phi) 56,683; Jason Terry (Bos) 52,833; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 49,122.



Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (OKC) 924,898; Dwight Howard (LAL) 616,150; Blake Griffin (LAC) 489,795; Tim Duncan (SA) 299,434; Pau Gasol (LAL) 197,377; Kevin Love (Min) 189,949; OmerAsik (Hou) 131,002; Rudy Gay (Mem) 125,562; Serge Ibaka (OKC) 111,963; Marc Gasol (Mem) 99,271; Zach Randolph (Mem) 97,778; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 97,090; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 93,491; Metta World Peace (LAL) 85,279; Chandler Parsons (Hou) 78,235.

Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 977,444; Chris Paul (LAC) 542,564; Jeremy Lin (Hou) 496,133; James Harden (Hou) 283,691; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 232,074; Steve Nash (LAL) 166,262; Tony Parker (SA) 111,032; Ricky Rubio (Min) 96,466; Stephen Curry (GS) 78,380; Manu Ginobili (SA) 70,813.

Does Jeremy Lin deserve to start over Chris Paul? Should another player be receiving more votes than Lin or CP3? If so, who?

How about Kobe Bryant and LeBron James? Are the fans getting it right? Who should be receiving more votes?

If not them, what about Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony?

Hit the comments section and let us know who you feel is being snubbed or overrated after the second All-Star vote returns!