Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
LeBron James led all NBA players with 2,549,693 All-Star votes and became the first player in history to draw at least 2.5 million votes on three separate occasions.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant led the West and was second overall with 2,456,224 votes.
No surprise there, right?
But how about the fact that Allen Iverson, who was out of basketball for a chunk of the season and has played a total of 19 games, will start for the East alongside James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade?
This guy basically quits on Memphis because he’s not playing enough and then ends up on a bad Philly team…and he’s a starter in the All-Star Game?
And how is David Lee, who averages 19.1 points and ranks sixth in the NBA in boards (11.2) and double-doubles (41) , not among the Top 10 centers?
Bryant will lead a Western squad that includes Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tim Duncan.
Read below for all the vote totals…The final returns of both the Eastern and Western Conference for the 2010 NBA All-Star Balloting program presented by T-Mobile are attached: Eastern ConferenceWestern Conference F – Kevin Garnett, Boston F – Carmelo Anthony, Denver F – LeBron James, Cleveland F – Tim Duncan, San Antonio C – Dwight Howard, Orlando C – Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix G – Allen Iverson, Philadelphia G – Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers G – Dwyane Wade, Miami G – Steve Nash, Phoenix Head coach: TBD Head coach: TBD
2010 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTINGEASTERN CONFERENCE
Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 2,549,693; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,978,116; Chris Bosh (Tor) 1,164,007; Paul Pierce (Bos) 525,677; Josh Smith (Atl) 475,671; Andre Iguodala (Phi) 313,827; Danny Granger (Ind) 309,808; Rashard Lewis (Orl) 302,743; Michael Beasley (Mia) 277,400; Hedo Turkoglu (Tor) 213,369.Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 2,327,550; Allen Iverson (Phi) 1,269,568; Vince Carter (Orl) 1,048,977; Ray Allen (Bos) 710,045; Derrick Rose (Chi) 571,911; Gilbert Arenas (Was) 545,860; Joe Johnson (Atl) 496,255; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 425,590; Jose Calderon (Tor) 292,909; Mike Bibby (Atl) 223,759.
Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 2,360,096; Shaquille O’Neal (Cle) 856,056; Al Horford (Atl) 270,532; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 265,024; Brook Lopez (NJ) 223,246; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 202,072; Jermaine O’Neal (Mia) 159,327; Rasheed Wallace (Bos) 131,084; Brad Miller (Chi) 102,994; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 90,278.
2010 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTINGWESTERN CONFERENCE
Forwards: Carmelo Anthony (Den) 2,137,560; Tim Duncan (SA) 1,156,696; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 1,093,005; Pau Gasol (LAL) 1,051,784; Kevin Durant (OKC) 870,567; Trevor Ariza (Hou) 645,937; Luis Scola (Hou) 580,243; Ron Artest (LAL) 368,281; Shawn Marion (Dal) 363,516; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 309,497.Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 2,456,224; Steve Nash (Pho) 1,222,235; Chris Paul (NO) 1,055,789; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 1,022,492; Aaron Brooks (Hou) 591,930; Jason Kidd (Dal) 523,708; Manu Ginobili (SA) 465,211; Chauncey Billups (Den) 452,983; Tony Parker (SA) 439,536; Brandon Roy (Por) 422,290.Centers: Amar’e Stoudemire (Pho) 1,824,093; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 981,355; Nene (Den) 364,543; Marc Gasol (Mem) 353,155; Antonio McDyess (SA) 328,717; Al Jefferson (Min) 252,777; Greg Oden (Por) 225,245; Marcus Camby (LAC) 188,240; Emeka Okafor (NO) 182,626; Andris Biedrins (GS) 167,481.
TOP 10 ALL-TIME SINGLE SEASON LEADINGNBA ALL-STAR VOTE-GETTERS
Player Year Votes 1. Dwight Howard, Orl 2009 3,150,181 2. LeBron James, Cle 2009 2,940,823 3. Kobe Bryant, LAL 2009 2,805,397 4. Dwyane Wade, Mia 2009 2,741,413 5. Tim Duncan, SA 2009 2,578,168 6. Yao Ming, Hou 2005 2,558,2787. LeBron James, Cle 2010 2,549,693 8. Yao Ming, Hou 2009 2,532,958 9. LeBron James, Cle 2007 2,516,04910. Kobe Bryant, LAL 2010 2,456,224
2010 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING TOP 10OVERALL LEADING VOTE-GETTERS
Player Votes 1. LeBron James, Cle 2,549,693 2. Kobe Bryant, LAL 2,456,224 3. Dwight Howard, Orl 2,360,096 4. Dwyane Wade, Mia 2,327,550 5. Carmelo Anthony, Den 2,137,560 6. Kevin Garnett, Bos 1,978,116 7. Amar’e Stoudemire, Pho 1,824,093 8. Allen Iverson, Phi 1,269,568 9. Steve Nash, Pho 1,222,235 10. Chris Bosh, Tor 1,164,007
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.