Thunder notes: Kevin Durant leads West forward voting; Officer honored

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: January 14, 2011 at 5:10 am •  Published: January 13, 2011

Durant leads West forwards in balloting

The NBA released its final All-Star balloting update Thursday, and Kevin Durant remains the leading vote-getter among Western Conference forwards.

Durant, who last season became the youngest scoring champion in NBA history, has received 1,270,729 votes so far. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is the overall leader with 1,757,216 votes.

Paper balloting ends Monday, and on-line balloting will end Jan. 23. Thursday was the last home game Thunder fans could hand in their ballots.

The starting lineups are determined by fan voting and will be announced Jan. 27. Head coaches in each conference will then vote on seven reserve players but are not allowed to vote for their own players. The reserves will be announced Feb. 3.

The All-Star Game will be held Feb. 20 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here is the latest voting update:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: Kevin Durant (Thunder) 1,270,729; Carmelo Anthony (Denver) 945,720; Pau Gasol (LA Lakers) 851,456; Blake Griffin (LA Clippers) 702,784; Tim Duncan (San Antonio) 663,487; Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 615,243; Lamar Odom (LA Lakers) 364,950; Luis Scola (Houston) 347,986; Kevin Love (Minnesota) 301,529; Caron Butler (Dallas) 205,146.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) 1,757,216; Chris Paul (New Orleans) 949,049; Manu Ginobili (San Antonio) 593,718; Steve Nash (Phoenix) 522,215; Deron Williams (Utah) 487,887; Russell Westbrook (Thunder) 463,250; Tony Parker (San Antonio) 355,993; Jason Kidd (Dallas) 303,164; Vince Carter (Phoenix) 277,430; Kevin Martin (Houston) 266,037.

Centers: Yao Ming (Houston) 928,928; Andrew Bynum (LA Lakers) 660,576; Nene' (Denver) 389,263; Marc Gasol (Memphis) 352,136; Emeka Okafor (New Orleans) 317,677; Brendan Haywood (Dallas) 276,777; Marcus Camby (Portland) 201,133; Chris Kaman (LA Clippers) 165,684;Andris Biedrins (Golden State) 126,567; DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento) 110,230.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: LeBron James (Miami) 1,518,807; Amar'e Stoudemire (New York) 1,143,391; Kevin Garnett (Boston) 1,049,544; Paul Pierce (Boston) 578,473; Chris Bosh (Miami) 427,551; Carlos Boozer (Chicago) 320,661; Josh Smith (Atlanta) 280,158; Danilo Gallinari (New York) 259,619; Danny Granger (Indiana) 201,653; Luol Deng (Chicago) 191,312.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Miami) 1,499,768; Derrick Rose (Chicago) 1,225,575; Rajon Rondo (Boston) 1,171,311; Ray Allen (Boston) 630,588; John Wall (Washington) 260,893; Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee) 254,614; Raymond Felton (New York) 246,208; Gilbert Arenas (Orlando) 240,586; Jamal Crawford (Atlanta) 163,971, Darren Collison (Indiana) 156,230.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orlando) 1,537,619; Shaquille O'Neal (Boston) 639,661; Joakim Noah (Chicago) 291,107; Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee) 245,253; Al Horford (Atlanta) 193,449; Roy Hibbert (Indiana) 183,092; Andrea Bargnani (Toronto) 162,364; Brook Lopez (New Jersey) 125,022; JaVale McGee (Washington) 106,710; Ben Wallace (Detroit) 79,017.

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