The NBA released the second returns of its 2013 All-Star balloting Thursday and Stephen Curry has moved into the top 10 among Western Conference guards.
Curry has garnered 78,380 votes so far, placing the Golden State Warrior ninth behind Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Steve Nash, Tony Parker and Ricky Rubio.
Bryant is the leading vote-getter with 977,444 votes. LeBron James leads the East with 970,314 votes.
Curry is averaging career-highs in points (20.3), assists (6.4) and minutes per game (38:00). More importantly, the Davidson product has played in all 29 games this season.
Despite missing the services of Andrew Bogut and Brandon Rush, the Warriors are off to a surprising 19-10 start. Behind the play of Curry and David Lee, Golden State is fifth in the West and has the seventh-best record in the NBA. While Curry has cracked the top 10, Lee remains outside the top 15 in voting among frontcourt players in the West.
The All-Star game will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston on Feb 17. Voting ends Jan. 14, with the starters announced on Jan. 17.
Here are the current leaders as of Dec. 27:
Kevin Durant 924,898, Dwight Howard 616,150, Blake Griffin 489,795, Tim Duncan 299,434, Pau Gasol 197,377, Kevin Love 189,949, Omer Asik 131,002, Rudy Gay 125,562, Serge Ibaka 111,963, Marc Gasol 99,271, Zach Randolph 97,778, LaMarcus Aldridge 97,090, Dirk Nowitzki 93,491, Metta World Peace 85,279, Chandler Parsons 78,235
Kobe Bryant 977,444, Chris Paul 542,564, Jeremy Lin 496,133, James Harden 283,691, Russell Westbrook 232,074, Steve Nash 166,262, Tony Parker 111,032, Ricky Rubio 96,466, Stephen Curry 78,380, Manu Ginobili 70,813
LeBron James 970,314, Carmelo Anthony 891,759, Kevin Garnett 328,716, Chris Bosh 308,194, Tyson Chandler 260,000, Paul Pierce 171,601, Joakim Noah 129,331, Josh Smith 111,260, Anderson Varejao 99,955, Amar’e Stoudemire 90,996, Shane Battier 88,800, Andrew Bynum 84,939, Luol Deng 76,400, Brook Lopez 67,991, Jeff Green 52,785
Dwyane Wade 645,875, Rajon Rondo 574,272, Deron Williams 309,778, Kyrie Irving 258,193, Ray Allen 195,142, Monta Ellis 71,287, Raymond Felton 66,745, Jrue Holiday 56,683, Jason Terry 52,833, Brandon Jennings 49,122
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