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Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo among leaders in All-Star balloting

Kevin Garnett [1] and Rajon Rondo [2] are among the starters for the Eastern Conference in the latest round of All-Star balloting, released Thursday by the NBA. Garnett and Rondo both ranked second at their positions (behind Miami’s LeBron James [3] and Dwyane Wade [4], respectively).

Orlando center Dwight Howard [5] has the most votes of any Eastern Conference player, with Shaquille O’Neal [6] in second at the center position.

Garnett leads Amar’e Stoudemire by about 75,000 votes for the second starting forward spot with Paul Pierce [7] a distant fourth. Rondo’s lead over Derrick Rose [8] is a little more than 50,000 votes. Fans can vote on NBA.com [9] and the final results will be announced Jan. 27.

Here’s a breakdown of the latest results as supplied by the NBA:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: LeBron James (Mia) 969,459; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 712,555; Amar’€™e Stoudemire (NYK) 637,486; Paul Pierce (Bos) 381,348; Chris Bosh (Mia) 260,007; Josh Smith (Atl) 193,897; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 159,073; Danilo Gallinari (NYK) 127,726; Andre Iguodala [10] (Phi) 115,660; Danny Granger [11] (Ind) 107,145.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 938,402; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 777,310; Derrick Rose (Chi) 721,122; Ray Allen [12] (Bos) 392,441; John Wall [13] (Was) 169,219; Gilbert Arenas [14] (Orl) 144,889; Brandon Jennings [15] (Mil) 128,556; Raymond Felton [16] (NYK) 105,425; Joe Johnson [17] (Atl) 99,598; Jamal Crawford [18] (Atl) 97,809.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 988,572; Shaquille O’Neal (Bos) 410,663; Joakim Noah [19] (Chi) 153,657; Al Horford (Atl) 120,404; Andrew Bogut [20] (Mil) 110,153; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 92,822; Brook Lopez [21] (NJ) 77,048; Roy Hibbert [22] (Ind) 70,698; JaVale McGee (Was) 59,508; Ben Wallace [23] (Det) 44,375.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: Kevin Durant [24] (Okc) 735,521; Carmelo Anthony (Den) 602,516; Pau Gasol [25] (LAL) 597,201; Dirk Nowitzki [26] (Dal) 447,737; Tim Duncan [27] (SA) 436,651; Blake Griffin [28] (LAC) 435,857; Lamar Odom (LAL) 232,299; Luis Scola (Hou) 197,728; Kevin Love [29] (Min) 171,945; Caron Butler (Dal) 168,937.

Guards: Kobe Bryant [30] (LAL) 1,153,694; Chris Paul [31] (NOH) 585,690; Manu Ginobili [32] (SA) 403,632; Steve Nash [33] (Pho) 321,659; Deron Williams (Utah) 313,011; Jason Kidd [34] (Dal) 234,779; Russell Westbrook [35] (Okc) 233,593; Tony Parker [36] (SA) 219,378; Vince Carter [37] (Pho) 185,213; Eric Gordon [38] (LAC) 179,917.

Centers: Yao Ming [39] (Hou) 637,527; Andrew Bynum [40] (LAL) 376,283; Brendan Haywood [41] (Dal) 215,905; Nenê (Den) 211,475; Marc Gasol (Mem) 205,227; Emeka Okafor [42] (NOH) 172,012; Chris Kaman [43] (LAC) 131,741; Marcus Camby [44] (Por) 111,346; Andris Biedrins (GS) 65,908; Robin Lopez (Pho) 62,199.