|Rondo, Perk Trail in First All-Star Voting Update||12.10.09 at 3:56 pm ET|
The first returns from the 2010 NBA All-Star Game voting are in and Kobe Bryant has an early lead.
Bryant received the most votes among all players (692,518) while Dwyane Wade leads the East with 672,227.
Each of the Celtics starters are ranked in the top 10 at their position, but there are a few surprises.
FORWARD: Kevin Garnett is ranked second among all Eastern Conference forwards while Paul Pierce ranks fourth. LeBron James is the East’s leading vote-getter at the forward position.
GUARD: Rajon Rondo ranks eighth among Eastern Conference guards despite leading the conference in assists. Allen Iverson, who has played five games this season, has received nearly 25,000 more votes than Rondo. Looking across the league, though, Rondo received more votes than Deron Williams, who bests Rondo in assists, scoring, and rebounding. Ray Allen ranks fourth in the East.
CENTER: Kendrick Perkins is ranked ninth in the East. The surprise is that Rasheed Wallace, who not only is a reserve but also went through an offensive slump earlier this season, received more than 15,000 more votes than Perkins. Last year’s fan-favorite Dwight Howard has a 400,000-vote lead over second-ranked Shaquille O’Neal in the conference.
Forwards: LeBron James (649,327), Kevin Garnett (533,187), Chris Bosh (303,550), Paul Pierce (131,379), Josh Smith (109,404), Danny Granger (100,122), Andre Iguodala (75,146), Michael Beasley (58,461), Hedo Turkoglu (55,416), Rashard Lewis (46,073, Luol Deng (37,428)
Guards: Dwyane Wade (672,227), Vince Carter (292,002), Gilbert Arenas (212,526), Ray Allen (208,276), Derrick Rose (196,059), Allen Iverson (136,976), Joe Johnson (118,964), Rajon Rondo (113,371), Jose Calderon (68,084), Mike Bibby (48,935)
Centers: Dwight Howard (625,279), Shaquille O’Neal (206,657), Andrea Bargnani (67,310), Al Horford (52,747), Andrew Bogut (45,920), Brook Lopez (39,420), Jermaine O’Neal (38,956), Rasheed Wallace (36,855), Kendrick Perkins (19,408), Brad Miller (17,188) Tyson Chandler (14,062), Samuel Dalembert (13,969)