In the most recent round of 2016 NBA All-Star Game voting tallies, released Thursday, not much has changed. Kobe Bryant still leads all players with over 1.5 million votes. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Draymond Green are currently on pace to join Bryant as starters in the Western Conference, although Green’s lead over San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard hovers at fewer than 13,000 votes.
But in the East, there was some slight movement compared to last week. New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has surpassed Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond by roughly 7,000 votes, despite some high-profile support for Drummond earlier in the week:
I'm taking a lil time to do some homework reading on @hoopshype while I look at the #NBAAllStar voting. I'll drop some picks over this week.
That tweet comes courtesy of Ms. Lisa Ann, a former adult-film star who has transitioned into a new career as a fantasy-sports analyst. But her crossover appeal to certain swaths of the sports demographic apparently isn’t translating into votes for Drummond.
Of course, the tweet came just 24 hours before the latest results were announced. There’s still some time for Drummond to drum up more support for his All-Star campaign — and for Leonard to do the same out West — but voting closes on Monday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
As for Bryant, any potential debate about whether he deserves to make the All-Star Game died pretty quickly. The NBA community seems to be in agreement that one of the sport’s best all-time players should be a starter in his final All-Star appearance. And any disagreement is tilting at windmills, anyway, because the fans have spoken loudly and clearly.
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