New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis is the leading vote-getter among Western Conference front-court players in the season’s first release of balloting for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.
Davis, a third-year player who was selected last season for the first time, had 524,623 votes — second overall in the Western Conference — when balloting was released Thursday night.
“We’ve still got a couple of months left, but it’s an honor being recognized like that,” Davis said after Friday morning’s shoot-around. “Hopefully, I will get voted in and get a chance to play on that Sunday.”
The 64th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York. It will be televised on TNT. The game will be seen in 215 countries and territories and will be heard in 47 languages.
Davis, 21, is averaging 24.5 points per game, fourth in the NBA but first among big men — centers and power forward. He is averaging 10.1 rebounds, a league-leading 2.85 blocks and 1.70 steals, which is second among big men.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James was the overall leader and that of the Eastern Conference with 552,967 votes. Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was second overall and led the West with 549,095 votes.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (521,542) joins Curry as top Western back-court vote-getters, with Davis, Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (307,908) and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (227,554) as front-court leaders.
James, New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (265,170) and Chicago Bulls power forward Pau Gasol (247,953) lead East front-court players in the balloting with Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (299,209) and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (265,917) the top back-court vote-getters.
The game’s starters are selected by the fans, who get to choose three front-court players and two back-court players. The All-Star reserves are selected by each conference’s coaches.
Fans can vote on NBA.com, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog and by SMS text and NBA Game Time.
Balloting ends on Jan. 19. The starters will be announced on Jan. 22 on TNT.