Via the Orlando Magic:
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic continues to lead the Eastern Conference in voting after the second returns of 2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile. Howard ranks second overall in voting for the entire NBA behind only Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant, The Finals MVP last season, is the overall leader with 1,153,694 votes, while Howard paces the East with 988,572 votes.
The 2011 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles – on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.
Howard, the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference with 988,572 votes, paces centers in the East, followed by the Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal (410,663). LeBron James, a two-time All-Star MVP (2006, 2008), leads all Eastern Conference forwards with 969,459 votes, followed by the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (712,555), MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade paces all guards with 938,402 votes; the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo is second among guards in the East (777,310).
In the Western Conference, Bryant, a three-time All-Star MVP, who garnered the honor in 2002, 2007 and 2009, is followed at guard by the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul (585,690). Kevin Durant, a member of last year’s All-NBA First Team, paces forwards in the West (735,521), with the Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony (602,516) second. The Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming (637,527) is the leading vote-getter among Western Conference centers, with the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum (376,283) placing second.