The first returns for the NBA All-Star voting have been released and Kevin Durant checks in first among all Western Conference players with 607,407 votes.
The overall vote leader so far is LeBron James, who narrowly edges Durant with 609,336 votes.
Russell Westbrook ranks sixth among backcourt players in the Western Conference with 149,065 votes. He’s behind Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Jeremy Lin and James Harden.
Serge Ibaka failed to crack the top 15 among frontcourt players, which is somewhat surprising considering he’s had much better seasons than a number of players who are on the list.
The fans are only able to vote for the starters so there is still a chance Ibaka could make the team as a reserve, which is picked by the coaches.
These are only the first returns for voting, but rarely are there many changes when the final votes are tallied.
Right now, the starters in the Western Conference would be Durant, Bryant, Paul, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin, which is identical to last year. In the Eastern Conference, we’re looking at James, Paul George, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving.
The East starters are very unlikely to change while in the Western Conference, we could see Kevin Love catching Howard or Griffin and Curry catching Paul.
Voting will conclude Jan. 20 and the starters will be announced live on TNT Thursday, Jan. 23.