Rondo Struggles in Early All-Star Voting
|12.11.08 at 11:37 am ET|
On Thursday the first returns of the 2009 NBA All-Star ballots were announced, with Dwight Howard leading all votes (775,933) and Kobe Bryant leading the Western Conference (719,252). Kevin Garnett ranks fourth in the East (495,514) behind LeBron James (643,786) and Dwyane Wade (623,311).
Of the five Celtics starters on the ballot, Rondo is the only one not in top 10 voting at his position. Guard Gilbert Arenas, who has not played a game this season, has received nearly 65,000 votes. Below are the results for Eastern Conference voting:
Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 643,786; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 495,514; Yi Jianlian (NJ) 356,556; Chris Bosh (Tor) 274,195; Paul Pierce (Bos) 153,512; Shawn Marion (Mia) 144,066; Josh Smith (Atl) 59,574; Tayshaun Prince (Det) 56,846; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 56,006; Danny Granger (Ind) 49,752; Michael Beasley (Mia) 48,999.
Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 623,311; Allen Iverson (Det) 492,093; Vince Carter (NJ) 236,634; Ray Allen (Bos) 174,155; Jose Calderon (Tor) 124,705; Luke Ridnour (Mil) 123,104; Jameer Nelson (Orl) 116,228; Derrick Rose (Chi) 102,263; Joe Johnson (Atl) 94,847; Devin Harris (NJ) 94, 294; Gilbert Arenas (Wash) 64,450.
Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 775;933; Samuel Dalembert (Phi) 116,708; Rasheed Wallace (Det) 88,885; Jermaine O’Neal (Tor) 75,324; Al Horford (Atl) 45,284; Ben Wallace (Clev) 40,799; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 36,479; Zyrdrunas Ilgauskas (Clev) 28,022; Kendrick Perkins (Bos) 24,777; Emeka Okafor (Char) 15,323.
All-Star voting is available on www.nba.com.