LeBron James, Kevin Durant top NBA All-Star balloting

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The East All-Stars will be led by LeBron James of the Miami Heat, who was the top overall vote-getter with 1,416,419 votes.

It will be his 10th All-Star in 11 seasons.

James will be joined in the East’s frontcourt by the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George who got 1,211,318 votes and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony with 935,702.

The Heat’s Dwyane Wade, who got 929,542 and is also making his 10th trip to the All-Star Game in 11 seasons, and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, who got 860,221 votes, comprise the Eastern Conference’s starting backcourt.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, who finished with 1,396,294 votes, got the highest number of votes among Western players for his fifth All-Star game.

The East All-Stars will be bannered by LeBron James of the Miami Heat, who was the leading overall vote-getter with 1,416,419 votes.

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry garnered 1,047,281 in the NBA All-Star Balloting 2014, the highest among Western Conference guards to become a starter in what would be his first NBA All-Star Game.

The L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant got 988,884 to make it in the West’s starting unit in his 16th All-Star Game, which is second most all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 19.

L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin with 688,466 votes and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love who got 661,246 complete the West All-Stars starting five.

It’s the fourth straight All-Star nod for Griffin, while Love is set to play in his third All-Star Game.

In selecting reserves for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, the 30 NBA head coaches must vote for seven players within their

conference, including two guards, three frontcourt players and two players regardless of position.

Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team.

The Pacers’ Frank Vogel will coach the East virtue of his team’s record while his counterpart in the West is still to be determined through games played until Feb. 2.

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be held in New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16.

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