‘Melo surges in All-Star voting despite Lisa Ann’s support for rival

Kobe continues to lead all vote-getters, but Carmelo Anthony (pictured) is climbing up the ladder.

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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:

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.

NBA All-Star 2016 Voting Presented by Verizon: Third Returns

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt:

1. LeBron James (Cle) 830,345

2. Paul George (Ind) 569,947 

3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 368,336 

4. Andre Drummond (Det) 361,307 

5. Pau Gasol (Chi) 294,172 

6. Chris Bosh (Mia) 266,817

7. Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 248,783 

8. Kevin Love (Cle) 241,700 

9. Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 226,039 

10. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 60,953 

11. Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 45,743 

12. Marcin Gortat (Was) 34,747 

13. Joakim Noah (Chi) 34,274 

14. DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 31,861 

15. Paul Millsap (Atl) 29,576

Guards: 

1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 736,732 

2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 399,757 

3. Kyle Lowry (Tor) 367,472 

4. Jimmy Butler (Chi) 356,561 

5. John Wall (Was) 281,936 

6. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 262,683 

7. Derrick Rose (Chi) 217,986 

8. Jeremy Lin (Cha) 155,475 

9. Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 111,838 

10. Reggie Jackson (Det) 57,736

Western Conference

Frontcourt: 

1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,533,432 

2. Kevin Durant (OKC) 774,782 

3. Draymond Green (GS) 499,947 

4. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 487,626 

5. Blake Griffin (LAC) 396,630 

6. Anthony Davis (NO) 326,070 

7. Tim Duncan (SA) 303,498 

8. Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 299,584 

9. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 267,087 

10. Enes Kanter (OKC) 261,608 

11. LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 176,956 

12. Dwight Howard (Hou) 155,975 

13. DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 133,484 

14. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 128,962 

15. Harrison Barnes (GS) 113,607

Guards: 

1. Stephen Curry (GS) 1,206,467 

2. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 609,901 

3. Chris Paul (LAC) 410,284 

4. Klay Thompson (GS) 386,053

5. James Harden (Hou) 319,596 

6. Rajon Rondo (Sac) 157,298 

7. Manu Ginobili (SA) 144,712 

8. Andre Iguodala (GS) 142,047 

9. Tony Parker (SA) 123,136 

10. Damian Lillard (Por) 105,797