It appears it will take some serious ballot-box stuffing for either of Oklahoma City’s stars to be bumped out of starting roles for the Western Conference in next month’s All-Star Game in Toronto.
The NBA released the third round of fan voting Thursday. Kevin Durant remains second behind the retiring Kobe Bryant in frontcourt voting, well ahead of Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green in third place. And point guard Russell Westbrook is comfortably in second place in guard voting ahead of Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.
Bryant leads all vote-getters with more than 1.5 million votes. Golden State’s Stephen Curry, No. 1 among West guards, is the only other player to garner more than 1 million votes.
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Westbrook has 609,901 votes, good for a 199,617-vote lead over Paul. Durant’s 774,782 votes are 324,835 more than Green, who leads the NBA in triple-doubles.
All-Star starters will be announced in one week. For a look at the results of the third round of voting, click here.