The NBA All-Star Game is less than two months away, and the first voting numbers for this year's extravaganza have been released. It comes as no surprise that LeBron James leads all players in votes thus far, but it's slightly the opposite to see Golden State's Stephen Curry nipping at his heels.
According to Lang Whitaker of NBA.com's Hang Time Blog, James leads Curry by just under 4,000 votes, and Anthony Davis is currently in third place with 524,623 votes.
The first results for the 2015 All-Star Game starting lineup voting were announced, and Cleveland’s LeBron James is the overall leading vote getter, with 552,967 overall votes. But right on James’ heels is Golden State’s Stephen Curry, voting leader in the Western Conference and second overall with 549,095 votes.
Rounding out the voting results in the Eastern Conference are John Wall, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol. In the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Marc Gasol make up the rest of the starting five.
USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt provided a full look at the ballots:
This year's All-Star festivities take place at Madison Square Garden on February 15. That's good news, as it gives New York sports fans something to be excited about, as Marc Berman of the New York Post noted on Twitter that there may not be many Knicks or Nets players participating:
Given how well James, a perennial MVP candidate, is playing this year (and has played every year), fans should expect him to continue to lead the way in voting. For Curry, if he can continue his impressive start to the season—he's in the top five in assists and steals per game, as well as total three-pointers made—it shouldn't shock many to see him finish in second.