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Jan 06

Dwight Howard leads the East after third returns of 2011 NBA All-Star balloting

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Via the Orlando Magic:

Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic leads the Eastern Conference in voting after the third returns of 2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile were announced today. Howard ranks second overall in voting for the entire NBA behind only Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant is the overall leader with 1,391,597 votes, while Howard paces the East with 1,205,159 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 1,205,159 votes, paces centers in the East, followed by the Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal (506,621). LeBron James, a two-time All-Star MVP (2006, 2008), leads all Eastern Conference forwards with 1,194,091 votes, followed by the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (850,687), MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade, last year’s All-Star Game MVP, paces all guards with 1,167,649 votes; the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo is second among guards in the East (929,781).

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 (724,605). Kevin Durant, a member of last year’s All-NBA First Team, paces forwards in the West (945,944), with the Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony (742,284) second. The Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming (754,583) is the leading vote-getter among Western Conference centers, with the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum (493,237) placing second.