Post-game Reactions


There’s still more than a month remaining for All-Star balloting, but the NBA released their first batch of results this afternoon of the revamped system with two Celtics stars at the front of the pack. Rajon Rondo holds a commanding lead for a starter spot alongside Dwayne Wade. Rondo has earned 382,613 votes so far, more than a 170,000 vote edge over Deron Williams, who ranks third in the backcourt vote.

Things get a bit more interesting in the frontcourt, which is combining all of the forwards and centers in competition for the three starting spots this year. While Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are safely ahead of the pack, Kevin Garnett is in line for the third frontcourt position with 218,246 votes thus far, holding a slim 8,000 vote margin over Chris Bosh for the time being.

Paul Pierce is also looming in the 6th spot in the frontcourt, but remains 100,000 votes off the pace in the early going. Needless to say, with more than a month of voting availability remaining, there could be plenty of shifting in the results, but the KG/Bosh race is probably the one to watch.

Check out the full results for both conferences thus far after the jump

Frontcourt: LeBron James (Mia) 641,348; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 573,112; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 218,246; Chris Bosh (Mia) 210,724; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 151,744; Paul Pierce (Bos) 114,735; Joakim Noah (Chi) 73,366; Josh Smith (Atl) 69,344; Andrew Bynum (Phi) 68,596; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 64,266; Shane Battier (Mia) 59,419; Anderson Varejao (Cle) 57,336; Luol Deng (Chi) 48,450; Brook Lopez (BKN) 47,940; Jeff Green (Bos) 36,080.

Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 430,925; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 382,613; Deron Williams (BKN) 211,426; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 155,989; Ray Allen (Mia) 130,016; Monta Ellis (Mil) 47,650; Raymond Felton (NYK) 37,974; Jason Terry (Bos) 36,147; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 35,610; Jrue Holiday (Phi) 35,193.

Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (OKC) 605,965; Dwight Howard (LAL) 434,168; Blake Griffin (LAC) 307,855; Tim Duncan (SA) 189,577; Pau Gasol (LAL) 139,868; Kevin Love (Min) 112,922; Omer Asik (Hou) 88,178; Rudy Gay (Mem) 85,279; Serge Ibaka (OKC) 68,285; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 66,290; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 63,056; Marc Gasol (Mem) 61,716; Zach Randolph (Mem) 59,916; Metta World Peace (LAL) 59,167; Anthony Davis (NO) 53,779.

Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 639,419; Chris Paul (LAC) 353,603; Jeremy Lin (Hou) 298,319; James Harden (Hou) 196,108; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 143,437; Steve Nash (LAL) 118,073; Tony Parker (SA) 69,983; Ricky Rubio (Min) 54,744; Manu Ginobili (SA) 47,800; O.J. Mayo (Dal) 36,495.

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  • jpbl1976

    Good to see Rondo getting the recognition he rightly deserves. He's been a top 3 point guard the last three years (it's been Paul, Rose and Rondo these past few years now).

    In fact, if you look at the Wins Produced stats, he's been the 2nd best Point Guard in the League this season behind Chris Paul: http://www.thenbageek.com/players?positions%5B%5D

    … and that's only because Paul's a better scorer and shooter. Rondo's passing and rebounding numbers are vastly superior.

    That's why I roll my eyes anytime someone says that Deron Williams is better. He was good during his 2nd to 4th years at Utah but since then, Deron's gone the way of Baron Davis. He's even shooting a Baron-like 39% this year and his TS% is 50%, compared to close to 55% for Rondo. Unless he reverses his decline, Deron's contract is going to be a huge albatross for Brooklyn in the years ahead.

    Seriously, take a look at the numbers:

    Deron is about 1/4th as productive as Rondo. The WP stat isn't perfect but even the ever-unreliable PER numbers shows that Rondo's been better at 20.3 vs. 17.39 for Deron.

    What's more, Rondo's been THE triple-double machine these past few seasons, ahead of even Lebron.

    • jman

      Rondo's a good player I agree, however only when he plays the system. When he plays organized ball and loses his edge he has accrued these past two years, he's fantastic. But, when he goes off in his little world and takes the game upon himself, he sucks…No offense to everyone for you all love Rondo, but for the last two years he's done the latter more than play the system. Triple doubles mean shit unless you have a stat sheet like 50-30-30…lol Kobe and MJ are prime examples. Until they realized to play the game the right way, they never got their rings. When they did, look what happened…
      Though it's true Rondo has two rings(2010 was stolen by the league), he played more humble and played towards the system that was presented then. It seems that since that year with the whole Ainge Doc shit talking about it's his team and blah blah blah, he's changed…And sorry for those that adore him, but not for the best. For he's way too inconsistent unlike other good Points at the moment.

      Also…Allstar balloting is so bullshit. WTF is Steve Nash or ricki Rubio even reckonized? 2 games played for Nash and none yet for Rubio and they're on the list? So funny

      • CelticsBIG3

        Jeremy Lin has close to 300,000 votes. "Thank you Chinese fans." – Jeremy Lin

        • Phil

          At least Yi Jianlin is off the ballot this year, so we don't have to worry about his annual top 5 finish.

        • janos

          chinese are large numbers make voice heard is power nationaltys

      • janos

        what is purposed this comment? are you try build and help rondos or try just do hurt comment?

      • Leonard Rhett

        50-30-30? Really? The only knocks against Rondo are his FT shooting and his jumper. Outside of that he is better than Williams.

    • Phil

      A lot of times, the media/fans take a long time to realize when a player isn't as good as they once were. Deron Williams fits that mold pretty well. He's still good enough that he should be on the all star team, but he's not in the top PG conversation anymore. I'd say the numbers reflect that, but come on, these are fan votes were talking about ("represent, Jeff Green, you're a better player than Al Horford!" – 36,075 homers and Jeff Green's immediate family.)

      I do have to question what makes triple doubles such a big deal though. All it really proves is that Rondo has the skillset most likely to reach three separate arbitrary numbers in any given game. Rondo's had tons of games more dominant than some of his middling triple double games. It's just a shiny object to catch the casual fans' attention. His rebounding is a plus, as is his ability to get assists. The fact that he ends up with 10 of each in some games doesn't make him a better player.

      • Josh_5

        Completely agree Phil and I'm one of the biggest offenders. I love to ooogle over Rondo's triple doubles as much as the next guy but there is a fine line between impact on the game and arbitrary numbers. That said I still have Paul, Rondo Rose as my current top 3.

  • elroz

    I'd rather KG get the rest … the all-star break is an opportunity to get some time off and recover.

    • CelticsBIG3

      He's not gonna play more than 10 min or so anyway

    • celticsfan

      Let's vote for KG!

  • Phil

    I've looked over the numbers, and the best part about the voting is that the guy who's been a corpse for two years and not only hasn't played this year, but is actually one of his team's biggest obstacles to a #1 seed is ahead of Varejao. The same Varejao who's been completely dominant while keeping one of the worst teams in the league competitive, even while it's other good player missed time.

    Asik getting 100k votes for being Lin's teammate and Jeff Green being ahead of Al Horford are runners up.

  • geo

    Obviously psyched for Rondo and KG. Really think it would be a shame in the East if Irving and Varejao don't get voted in, anyone with league pass knows those two have been running some very pretty pick and roll all season and Verejao is having one of the best seasons for a center in recent years. Crazy that with the Harden trade, Cleveland has edged OKC as my second favorite team.

  • janos

    am very happy see rondos now love by all smart fan of nba league

  • CelticsBIG3

    This is what happens when you let fans vote. A bunch of 12 year olds go out and vote based on how much they like a guy because he's good in NBA2K13.

  • IBleedGreen

    Irving or Rondo?

  • dido nc

    lets vote kg

    • YoungOne

      I'd rather have him rest than go to the allstar game

  • skeeds

    It's too early to suppose any of these selections (except the really obvious ones) will stay as they are. Still, I think Rondo's safe, in the sense that even if the fans go for Wade or Williams, he's still probably #1 in every coach's PG list.
    It's a shame though that some guys deserving recognition might not get picked because of the low exposure they have. Irving, Holiday, Varejao, Curry, Parker. Such is the nature of the All Star game though, it's not about skills, it's all about hype. And I'm fine with that.
    As Charles Barkley said many times, this game would be awesome if the league just assigned captains to each conference and let them pick their teams, (like Hockey, i think?). That would be great, and it would make the game itself much more competitive and fun!

    I'm wondering whether they're gonna get some names in the Dunk contest this season… It's become so boring after the Dwight vs Nate years…

    • Phil

      I'm not sure that would really fix the problem, actually. One thing I've learned from listening to a lot of players talk over the years is that they're blinded by names/star power way more than the media. I'd bet half of them would still say Kobe's the best in the league. I'm sure plenty of them would take a healthy Amare over Varejao too, he's still the bigger name. A lot of players are just as unqualified to pick players as the fans are. Though to be fair, Kobe (who would surely end up as one captain,) would probably care about winning way too much to pass up the absolute best team.

      I don't think there's been that many horrible misses once you add in the coaches vote. You get some undeserving people there every year, but outside of using some kind of airtight mathematical formula that doesn't exist, it's gonna happen. If you're continually good (and I'd argue that having more than one all star year is part of being an all star,) you'll eventually go.

      • skeeds

        but you see, I don't think the star power is necessarily a bad thing. I'm ok with Lebron and Kobe putting together 2 teams of their "friends", or only people they like or even their sponsors told them to pick, if it means going at each other and giving this (admittedly lame) game some kind of edge. Sure, KG wouldn't ever be on any one's team, but it really doesn't matter to me. All star selections are probably the least important accolade on a player's resume.
        The motive itself of a team being put together to beat someone, changes the way the game would be played.

  • Josh_5

    For every Varejao, Randolph, Jefferson and Aldridge theres always an Amare, Iverson or Yao to f*ck it all up.