All-Star Game Second Returns Are In


The second returns for the All-Star game are in and it's not looking good for the San Antonio Spurs and their fan base.

The Big 3 from the Spurs are behind by a large number of votes for the starting spots. The All-Star game is known for a popularity contest over being a legitimate honor for performances (like when Yao Ming kept getting voted in when he was injured). These are the second returns for the Western Conference squad for the All-Star game this season:


Kevin Durant (OKC) 924,898

Dwight Howard (LAL) 616,150

Blake Griffin (LAC) 489,795

Tim Duncan (SA) 299,434

Pau Gasol (LAL) 197,377

Kevin Love (Min) 189,949

Omer Asik (Hou) 131,002

Rudy Gay (Mem) 125,562

Serge Ibaka (OKC) 111,963

Marc Gasol (Mem) 99,271

Zach Randolph (Mem) 97,778

LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 97,090

Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 93,491

Metta World Peace (LAL) 85,279

Chandler Parsons (Hou) 78,235


Kobe Bryant (LAL) 977,444

Chris Paul (LAC) 542,564

Jeremy Lin (Hou) 496,133

James Harden (Hou) 283,691

Russell Westbrook (OKC) 232,074

Steve Nash (LAL) 166,262

Tony Parker (SA) 111,032

Ricky Rubio (Min) 96,466

Stephen Curry (GS) 78,380

Manu Ginobili (SA) 70,813

Tim Duncan is in 4th place out of three starting spots for the game while Tony Parker is in 7th in a tighter race for one of the two starting guard spots. While the top 3 are certainly deserving for their spots, the two men behind Duncan can be debatable with Pau Gasol having an off year so far and Kevin Love being injured for the majority of the games played so far.

On the other side of the ballot for the backcourt, Parker is behind Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul (who are having great season) but also losing out to a struggling Jeremy Lin and Steve Nash who has barely came back from a leg injury. Manu Ginobili is behind by a lot, but it makes sense with him being injured a few times this season and his numbers not being like past years.

The Spurs aren't known as the most popular team in the league and, with their "team first" mentality, their players don't stand out to the media. The Spurs have a long way to go for a starting spot on the Western Conference team if they want to make it to the All-Star game in Houston.